CONCORD – Following this morning’s debate, where Republican candidate for governor Ovide Lamontagne attempted to put distance between himself and the extreme actions of the Bill O’Brien-led Tea Party legislature, Maggie Hassan’s campaign released a new web video highlighting Lamontagne’s strong support for O’Brien and his extreme policies, which mirror Lamontagne’s own agenda.
The video, titled “Ovide and O’Brien” is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Cgt0B1VeA4&feature=youtu.be
At various times during today’s debate, Lamontagne stated “I’m running for Governor, not legislature.” Additionally, he said “when it comes to this legislature, I’m not running for the last legislature’s record.” However, Lamontagne, who has repeatedly stated he would sign or veto every bill passed by the state legislature, refuses to say whether he would sign or veto numerous extreme bills backed by O’Brien and his allies, including measures to dismantle Medicare and give control of the program to the state legislature[i], bills limiting women’s access to abortion[ii], and a proposal to defund Planned Parenthood, making it more expensive for women to get cancer screenings and access birth control.[iii]
“Ovide Lamontagne is trying to hide from his extreme agenda. He says he would sign or veto every bill, but then refuses to say where he stands on the specific bills being proposed by O’Brien’s Tea Party legislature,” said Matt Burgess, Maggie Hassan’s campaign manager. “Ovide, we all know you’re running for governor again, but one of the most important responsibilities of a governor is to decide what bills to sign or veto. So it’s well past time for you to tell the people of New Hampshire if you will sign this legislature’s attempts to dismantle Medicare, cut funding to higher education, restrict a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, and so many other extreme measures that would hurt middle class families and keep New Hampshire’s economy from moving forward.”