Friday, April 4, 2014 at 08:38AM
The New Hampshire Republican Party's Most Recent Imported Candidate Stumbles Out Of The Gate With A Lackluster Announcement
Washington Republicans' hand-picked gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein of Bethesda, Maryland, sure had a rough introduction to voters and a rocky welcome to the State of New Hampshire, with questions about his Maryland residency and potential tax fraud dominating headlines. Even WaltHavenstein.com is highlighting his tax and residency issues, a major embarrassment for the RGA-backed candidate. Havenstein might think that as a multimillionaire from Maryland he doesn't have to play by the same rules that apply to the hard-working people of New Hampshire, but Granite State voters are quickly learning that Havenstein is out-of-touch with our state's priorities and can't be trusted as Governor.
Coverage of Walt Havenstein's Rough Rollout:
WMUR: Havenstein enters GOP race for governor; Opponents raise residency issue.
"Before the announcement, Havenstein had been taking heat for claiming a tax exemption on his home in Maryland, which Democrats said shows it was his primary residence. Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who is planning to enter the Republican U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire, has also faced criticism of being an outsider." [http://www.wmur.com/politics/havenstein-enters-gop-race-for-governor/25291124#ixzz2xpcV4aqo]
Concord Monitor: Republican Havenstein enters N.H. governor’s race despite eligibility questions.
"[NH] State law says a gubernatorial candidate must be domiciled in New Hampshire for the seven years leading up to his or her candidacy... Maryland homeowners are eligible for a 'homestead exemption' on their property taxes if they fill out a form declaring a piece of property as their principal residence. Maryland law defines 'principal' residence as the “one dwelling where the homeowner regularly resides and is the location designated by the owner for the legal purposes of voting, obtaining a driver’s license, and filing income tax returns.” [http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/11414964-95/republican-havenstein-enters-nh-governors-race-despite-eligibility-questions]
Union Leader: Republican Walt Havenstein running for governor
"Havenstein could face a challenge to his eligibilty to run for the office...Meanwhile, Hemingway's campaign called Havenstein's announcement "irrelevant. He won't make it on the ballot. NH law is very clear." [http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140402/NEWS06/140409857]
Patch: Report: Walter Havenstein to run for Governor.
"The barb was related to a Nashua Telegraph story that reported Havenstein claimed principal homestead tax benefits in Maryland." [http://salem-nh.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/report-walter-havenstein-to-run-for-governor]