As you scan the headlines and coverage today from Jackie Cilley’s gubernatorial announcement yesterday, you’d be hard-pressed to say she had a smooth rollout. James Pindell, writing for WMUR’s Political Scoop, noted that much of Cilley’s platform, specifically on an income tax, has been “widely rejected” and that “this past year was particularly tough” for those on the far edge of the Democrat Party. And, in what will prove to be a self-inflicted wound, Cilley re-affirmed her flip-flopping stance on a statewide income tax.
Included below you will find key excerpts from news reports covering Cilley’s stance on an income tax, comment from the NHGOP and additional coverage of the Democrat’s latest tax-and-spend candidate to enter the race.
Reports Covering Cilley’s Latest Income Tax Stance
Concord Monitor: “Cilley's refusal to take an anti-income tax pledge could rally support within the state's Democratic base, but her stance will be a tougher sell to the wider electorate.” (Matthew Spolar, “Cilley Vows No Pledges As Governor, Concord Monitor, 2/8/2012)
N.H. Public Radio: “Cilley also she won’t be taking a pledge to veto a sales or income tax.” (NHPR, “Cilley Declares for Governor,” 2/7/2012)
“It should come as no surprise to New Hampshire voters that both candidates in the Democrat primary for governor have flip-flopping records on a statewide income tax. The hard truth is that in order to spend more tax dollars and grow the size of government, Democrats need to leave open every option to tax individuals, tax businesses and tax anything else they can get their hands on.” – Tory Mazzola, New Hampshire Republican State Committee Executive Director
Additional Coverage of Cilley’s Announcement
Foster’s Daily Democrat: “In the GOP response to Cilley’s gubernatorial announcement, Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald said in a statement, ‘Jackie Cilley and Maggie Hassan both fit into the narrow ideology of the Democrat Party – higher taxes, increased spending and more government control. I’m confident that the Republican Party will retake the governor’s office in November because there’s a sharp contrast between the two sides,’ he stated.” (Liz Markhlevskaya, “Cilley Announces Bid for Corner Office: Barrington Democrat has Plans to Lead State as Next Governor,” Foster’s Daily Democrat, 2/8/2012)
N.H. Union Leader: “But before Cilley even arrived at an event announcing her candidacy on Tuesday morning, she was facing criticism from Republican operative Patrick Hynes, who questioned her position on a statewide income tax. Hynes sent out an email early Tuesday morning calling the state senator ‘Slippery Cilley.’ He accused her of refusing to directly answer questions about her stance on an income tax, ‘saying only that she will respect the wishes of her state senate district.’” (Beth LaMontagne Hall, “Former state Sen. Cilley Enters Race for Governor,” New Hampshire Union Leader, 2/8/2012)