NHDP - ICYMI: New Hampshire Business Review on John Stephen: Hyperbole is Job 1

Stephen's campaign called out for misleading rhetoric

Concord - The New Hampshire Business Review called out John Stephen's partisan attacks on the state's job market as hyperbole in their latest issue. Stephen has been citing the large number of people who live in New Hampshire and commute to Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts for work as proof that the Granite State is ruined.

But as New Hampshire Business Review points out, the fact that many people choose to commute for work is something Stephen should know first-hand.  After ending his decade's long bureaucratic career in state government, Stephen went to work for a consulting company in Boston.

And NHBR adds that the state has the "lowest-in-the-region unemployment rate."  Last month, the unemployment rate in the Granite State dropped for the fourth straight month in a row to 5.9% and is currently nearly 40% below the national rate.

"Since announcing his campaign for governor, John Stephen has been relentlessly using misleading rhetoric in a desperate attempt to draw attention away from his record as a bureaucrat and fiscal incompetent," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "Clearly, his strategy backfired and his claims have been debunked."

An excerpt from New Hampshire Business Review's column is below, and the full article can be found here.

New Hampshire Business Review: Hyperbole is Job 1
Flotsam and Jetsam      

Hyperbole, as we know all too well, is the coin of the realm for politicians. Whatever they're spouting off about - the economy, war and peace, immigration, soccer - our elected officials and wannabe elected officials can't help but turn the rhetoric dial up to 11.

John Stephen earlier this month tried his best to keep the volume up with a claim that one in six New Hampshire residents is in some kind of indentured servitude because they "have to leave the state for a job."

Besides trying to set back the cause of interstate commerce faster than you can say "Articles of Confederation," and considering that thousands of New Hampshire residents commute out of state every day for higher-paying jobs along Route 128 in Massachusetts and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine (to cite two examples), perhaps it would have been more accurate for the candidate to use the phrase, "choose to leave the state for a job."

After all, he should know that as well as anyone. Consider that after he left state employment a couple of years ago, he found himself a job with The Lucas Group, a consulting firm whose offices are located at 116 Huntington Ave., Suite 504, Boston, Massachusetts.

And while you're at it, pay no attention to that lowest-in-the-region unemployment rate behind the curtain.