Tells WMUR That He Would Have Different Position
As Governor than if He Had Been Elected to the Senate
MANCHESTER – Ovide Lamontagne once again tried to mislead voters and hide his radical opposition to accepting federal funds for critical New Hampshire projects during an interview on WMUR’s Close Up program this weekend.
When Lamontagne was asked if he would have accepted federal stimulus funds for the Manchester Airport access road project, Ovide again tried to mislead voters by stating, "Well I sure would have if I were governor of the state of NH. If I were in Congress, I would take a different position." [WMUR, 10/21/12]
Lamontagne is on record numerous times opposing the federal stimulus and has even gone as far as attacking former Attorney General and current U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte for pursuing stimulus funds for a Cold Case Unit.[i]
“Ovide Lamontagne has long held and advocated extreme positions, and he can’t hide them now that he is running for Governor. Ovide Lamontagne knows his radical positions are out of touch with New Hampshire, and that is why he is trying to mislead voters,” said Matt Burgess, campaign manager for Hassan for Governor. "Whether it’s rejecting federal funds for roads, for health care, or for schools, Ovide Lamontagne has long made it perfectly clear that he will put his radical agenda ahead of the needs of New Hampshire’s families and economy.”
On Close Up, Lamontagne went on to say he would have accepted the funds because “[i]f you’re the Governor of new Hampshire you’ve got to take care of what’s happening in your state and be an advocate for the state.”
As chairman of the state Board of Education, Lamontagne blocked local schools from receiving federal education dollars, as has said he will do it again.[ii] Despite his attempts now to mislead people about where he stands, Lamontagne is on the record opposing the stimulus, stating “I don’t think the stimulus package has really done anything,” to help the state and calling for the stimulus bill to be repealed and any unspent money to be returned,[iii] which could have stopped major construction projects like the Manchester Airport access road.
“Just like his efforts to hide his extreme agenda for restricting a woman’s right to make her own health decisions, Ovide Lamontagne is not being honest with the people of New Hampshire about what he would do as Governor,” Burgess said.
Ovide Lamontagne has said he would be a “radically different” governor than Governor Lynch[iv], with extreme positions like rejecting federal funds for local schools and ignoring rising tuition costs caused by cuts to higher education.[v] He supports plans to dismantle Medicare[vi], criminalize abortion and limit insurance coverage for birth control[vii], and defund Planned Parenthood, increasing costs for critical health care services for New Hampshire women and families.[viii]
[i] Federal grant may fund cold case unit, Eagle Tribune, 5/24/09; Lamontagne takes aim at rival Ayotte, Union Leader, 7/22/0
[ii] Concord Monitor, 8/9/2010; WGIR, 7/24/2012
[iii] WMUR, 8/10/10, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KGyEfRJ-Rc; Lamontagne Op-ed, Union Leader, 7/14/09
[v] Ovide has said tuition increases were not of “utmost concern” [WMUR, 9/6/2012]
[vi] Ovide supports Paul Ryan’s voucher program to end Medicare as we know it [NH Farm Bureau, 8/2012]; believes state legislature should opt-out of Medicare and run program itself [Union Leader, 2/10/2012]
[vii] Supports a “Human Life Amendment” that outlaws all abortion, and even some forms of birth control and fertility treatments [Cornerstone debate, 6/5/2010]
[viii] Ovide supports Bill O’Brien’s decision to completely eliminate Planned Parenthood funding [NHPTV, 2012]