Concord - New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today in response to reports (NH Journal, 3/22/13) that Governor Hassan is considering nominating former casino lobbyist Lucy Hodder as Attorney General. Hodder currently serves as legal counsel in Hassan's office and previously served as the personal lobbyist for Millenium Gaming president William Wortman:
"Under no circumstances should Governor Hassan even consider appointing a well-heeled casino lobbyist to be our next Attorney General. New Hampshire doesn't want a top law enforcement official who is in the pocket of the gambling lobby and working with the special interests groups that are promoting Governor Hassan's illegal revenue scheme.
"The Granite State has a long history of an independent justice department that has been free of political influence. It is disgraceful that Attorney General Delaney may have been denied another term because of his strong and principled rejection of Governor Hassan's irresponsible gambling agenda. And it is extremely alarming that the governor is considering replacing Delaney with somebody who is bought and paid for by the gambling industry.
"In order to ensure that we don't have one of the gambling lobby's most loyal lackeys running our Justice Department, Governor Hassan needs to immediately remove Lucy Hodder's name from consideration. The governor must also pledge that she will not appoint anybody who has lobbied for the gambling industry and vow to pick an attorney general who will not be swayed by political considerations."