Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on the Democrat-controlled New Hampshire House rejecting Governor Hassan's irresponsible casino revenue scheme:


"Governor Hassan has suffered an embarrassing and politically damaging defeat at the hands of her own party. The governor's illegal casino revenue scheme was so irresponsible that even the Democrat controlled House of Representative would not support it despite months of intense lobbying from her incompetent administration. Hassan has failed her first test of leadership in the corner office, and demonstrated that she lacks the skills, vision and gravitas required to control her own party and effectively govern our state.


"The governor gambled with New Hampshire's future by basing her budget on $80 million in casino licensing fees even though there was never any proof that gaming legislation would pass the Legislature. Now her fiscally irresponsible house of cards has collapsed, damaging her credibility and leaving her budget proposal in shambles. It is time for the governor to go back to the drawing board and work with the Legislature on a new plan that will keep taxes low, control spending and protect the New Hampshire Advantage."