Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on the serious questions raised by Attorney General Michael Delaney's announcement that he will not seek reappointment when his term concludes at the end of the month. Attorney General Delaney has been a vocal critic of Governor Maggie Hassan's irresponsible budget:
"I want to thank Attorney General Delaney for his years of public service and for upholding New Hampshire's tradition of an independent justice department that is free of partisan influence. Attorney General Delaney has demonstrated courage and integrity by speaking out against policies that would damage New Hampshire, including Governor Hassan's fiscally irresponsible casino revenue scheme.
"The Attorney General's eleventh hour announcement that he will not seek reappointment when his term expires at the end of the month raises concerns about the actual reason for his abrupt retirement. After he announced his opposition to Maggie Hassan's disastrous state budget that relies on $80 million in non-existent and illegal gambling revenue, the governor refused to discuss his reappointment. There are serious questions about whether Governor Hassan decided to deny Attorney General Delaney another term because of his strong and principled rejection of her irresponsible policies. This type of shallow and vindictive political retribution indicates that Governor Hassan may be willing to engage in petty partisan politics to advance her agenda.
"As Democratic Governor John Lynch demonstrated when he twice reappointed a Republican as attorney general, governors put aside politics and political score settling when selecting New Hampshire's top law enforcement official. It is sad and unfortunate that Governor Hassan may have decided to ignore this important tradition."
FLASHBACK: Governor Hassan Refused To Answer Questions About Attorney General Delaney's Reappointment During A Recent Editorial Board Meeting With Seacoast Media Group:
Portsmouth Herald: "When asked by a reader if she would reappoint Attorney General Michael Delaney, despite his harsh criticism of gambling in the state, Hassan said she has yet to make up her mind. "I'm in the middle of making a number of decisions on reappointments," she said. "I will announce my decision when we've had a chance to talk with the various people involved." (2/28/13)