Former AG Backs Cilley

(Barrington) Highly respected former New Hampshire Attorney General Phil McLaughlin today announced his endorsement of Jackie Cilley's candidacy for governor. McLaughlin, who considered a run for the corner office earlier in the year, added his voice to growing list of Granite Staters supporting the former state senator.

“I am deeply honored by Phil McLaughlin’s support of my candidacy,” Cilley said in response to the endorsement.  “Phil’s reputation for integrity and outspokenness is something I value tremendously.”

“Phil has a sound grasp of just how New Hampshire’s government works and how it can be improved,” she added.  “We share a commitment to building a 21st Century New Hampshire through investments in those things that make our economy thrive – a first rate education for our young, a sound transportation and communication infrastructure and a clean environment.  I am looking forward to his input into our campaign and policy development.”

“There is nothing fancy about Jackie Cilley. She’s a work horse,  she’s smart, and she’s rooted in this State.  She pledges nothing but straight talk, an open mind and a willingness to confront New Hampshire’s future. Those are the qualities most needed in our next Governor and the reasons that I support her," said Mr. McLaughlin explaining his decision to support Jackie Cilley.

In a widely-read op-ed printed in the Concord Monitor announcing his decision not to run, McLaughlin laid out the commitments he thought central to the success of New Hampshire's next governor: "I would work to maintain our just reputation as a safe, healthy and well-educated state. I would work to maintain our road and bridge infrastructure, to fairly fund our community college and university system and to preserve state education aid to local school districts."

McLaughlin served as New Hampshire's attorney general from 1997 to 2002. This capped a career in public service that included time on Laconia's City Council and School Board, as a delegate to New Hampshire's constitutional convention and, from 1979 to 1981, as Belknap County Attorney. He also served as a Director of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation from 2004 to 2010 and as a member of the Legislative Study Commission on the New Hampshire Death Penalty.

ABOUT JACKIE: Jackie Cilley is proud to have earned the support of nearly 17,000 union households across New Hampshire for her campaign for governor. Jackie, who served in both New Hampshire's House and Senate representing Barrington, built a successful business and taught more than 2500 New Hampshire students over her 20 years as a highly respected business professor with UNH's Whittemore School for Business and Economics. A Berlin native, Sen. Cilley earned a BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the Whittemore School.  Jackie and her husband Bruce have lived in Barrington for more than 20 years.  They have five sons, 12 grandchildren, and two dogs.