Another Round of House Committee Chairmen Back Kevin Smith for Governor

MANCHESTER – Today, Kevin Smith, Republican candidate for Governor, announced two more House Committee Chairmen who have endorsed his campaign. These latest endorsements raise Smith’s total number of committee chairs supporting his candidacy to nine.

Republican Representatives Robert Haefner of Hudson and Elaine Swinford of Center Barnstead both have pledged their public support to Smith in his race for Governor. Haefner is the Chairman of the House Committee on the Environment and Agriculture, and Swinford the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

Smith’s ability to rack up endorsements from committee chairmen has been significant in the Republican primary for Governor. Committee chairs are considered leaders in the Republican caucus and routinely looked to by their peers and constituents for their policy expertise and political judgment.

“I’m grateful for the support that has been shown to me by Representatives Haefner and Swinford, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with them throughout my campaign and as Governor,” said Smith.

“Over the summer, these legislative leaders have recognized that I’ve put forth the most substantive plan for making New Hampshire’s economy stronger and more competitive. They are all hardworking, policy-minded individuals. So, they appreciate when a candidate shows he’s done his homework and is certain about what needs to happen next and how precisely to get it done. They quickly see through superficial rhetoric.”

These latest House chairmen join seven others who previously endorsed Smith’s campaign, including Representatives Al Baldasaro (State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs), Carol McGuire (Executive Departments and Administration), Ed Moran (Children and Family Law), Sherman Packard (Transportation), John Reagan (Health and Human Services), Stephen Stepanek (Ways and Means), and Kenneth Weyler (Finance).