Manchester, NH - Ovide Lamontagne, Republican candidate for Governor, released the following statement in support of Hudson, New Hampshire businessman Jack Gilchrist and calling on Sen. Hassan and Sen. Cilley to condemn the harassment against Mr. Gilchrist:
"I was disturbed to learn in a Union Leader report this morning that Hudson small businessman Jack Gilchrist, owner of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating, has been subjected to harassment and threats by email and phone over the past several days. These attacks have occurred simply because Jack had the courage to express his opinion about President Obama’s recent ‘you didn’t build that’ remarks, in which the President indicated that small business owners owe their success to government, not their own hard work.
"I am proud to call Jack a supporter of my campaign, and I am proud to stand with him today. He and his family have played by the rules, paid their taxes, and built a company that for nearly 40 years has provided good jobs for numerous New Hampshire families. They should be rewarded for their success and held up as a model for what hard work and dedication can create. Instead, in a desperate attempt to distract from failed economic policies and recent gaffes, supporters of President Obama are seeking to tear Jack down. This is outrageous, and this harassment must stop. I am calling upon Senator Hassan and Senator Cilley to join me in condemning these attacks on Jack, his business and his family.
"Campaigns must be about the candidates, their records, their experience, their competing visions on the role of government, not tearing down those who may disagree with you."