NH House Majority Leader Statement on Hassan Announcement

House Majority Leader Statement on Hassan Announcement, Pledge Against Sales and Income Tax

CONCORD – House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today released the following statement in response to former state Sen. Maggie Hassan’s announcement that she is seeking the office of Governor in New Hampshire. Media reports stated that Hassan referred to Republican leaders as extremists and took the pledge that she would veto any sales or income tax if she became Governor.

Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“On a sales or income tax, I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment. However, Hassan’s so called pledge is ridiculously  disingenuous given that she refused to sign it in 2002 when she ran and was defeated by Sen. Prescott for the state Senate. Further, the labeling of the Republican’s pro-job, pro-economic, less spending, smaller government agenda as ‘extremist’ is no surprise  coming from a far leftist like Hassan who oversaw two state budgets that increased spending by a remarkable 25%, attempted to implement ‘MaggieCare,’ raised 100 job-killing taxes and fees, advocated for the disastrous LLC tax that Granite Staters repudiated and levied a $30 car registration surcharge fee on the working families of New Hampshire. Frankly, I’m not sure how she plans to support her tax and spend compulsion if she has pledged to reject a sales or income tax. Then again, perhaps she’ll just flip-flop on the pledge again when it suits her political best interest.”