Hassan Highlights Clear Choice on Public Safety at NH Police Association Debate

Lamontagne Won’t Stand Up to Legislature’s Radical Anti-Public Safety Agenda of Guns in College Dorms, Weakening Domestic Violence Laws 

MANCHESTER – Maggie Hassan was the clear choice for voters on improving public safety in New Hampshire’s communities during a debate tonight hosted by the New Hampshire Police Association.

As a leader in the State Senate, Hassan, worked with public safety officials on critical priorities.  Hassan helped create a death benefit for first responders killed in the line of duty, directed the Department of Safety to develop a reverse 911 system so that first responders can reach citizens in an emergency, strengthened domestic violence laws, and worked with Governor John Lynch to pass one of the toughest laws in the nation to protect children from sexual predators.

“Voters have a clear choice in this election when it comes to public safety,” said Hassan. “We can continue in the direction of Governor Lynch, bringing people together to move New Hampshire forward and strengthen our communities, or we can go in the radically different direction of Ovide Lamontagne and the current legislature, where the needs of middle-class families take a backseat to an extreme and divisive agenda that is making our communities less safe.”

Ovide Lamontagne has repeatedly praised the Tea Party legislature[i], indicating that he agrees with their approach and that he won’t stand up to their radical agenda, which has included allowing guns in the State House and giving criminals free reign to open fire in public. He has also said he would be a “radically different” governor than Gov. Lynch[ii], with extreme positions like rejecting federal funds for local schools[iii] and ignoring rising tuition costs caused by cuts to higher education.[iv] He supports plans to dismantle Medicare[v], criminalize abortion and limit insurance coverage for birth control[vi], and defund Planned Parenthood, increasing costs for critical health care services for New Hampshire women and families.[vii]

Hassan has been endorsed by the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association and the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire.

“Ovide Lamontagne has made clear that he will stand with the wrong priorities of this legislature, which has repeatedly ignored the urgent warnings of local law enforcement and continues to put forward proposals that undercut our efforts to protect our communities,” said Officer Steve Maloney, Vice President of the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association.  Maloney pointed to the legislature’s near elimination of the Children in Need of Services program, which had helped troubled young people get help before they had criminal problems; proposals to allow felons to get guns; and proposals to eliminate almost all gun licensing.

“We’ve worked with Maggie Hassan and we know that she will stand up for public safety and for our families. That’s why the  Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association is proud to support Maggie Hassan for Governor,” said Maloney, citing Hassan’s work to pass tough news to protect children from sexual predators and to strengthen domestic violence laws.