NHDP - Havenstein Vows To Veto Constitutional Amendment Banning Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Havenstein Vows To Veto Constitutional Amendment Banning Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation—Seems Unaware Governors Can’t Veto Constitutional Amendments

Even Bashes Devoted Republican Public Servant And Former BAE Employee

Concord, NH—Today, the Nashua Telegraph revealed that Maryland multi-millionaire Walt Havenstein said that he would oppose, and even veto, a constitutional amendment banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. What he failed to recognize, however, was that governors do not have the power to veto constitutional amendments.
“Walt Havenstein is so painfully out-of-touch with Granite Staters that not only did he assert that he would oppose basic civil rights legislation protecting individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation, but he also failed to understand the basic operations of state government,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “The more we learn about Maryland multi-millionaire Walt Havenstein, the clearer it becomes that he has the wrong priorities for New Hampshire."

The Telegraph also revealed that at the same meeting, Havenstein disparaged Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeff Rose, Havenstein's former employee at BAE Systems, and former aide to Republicans Judd Gregg and John E. Sununu.

Havenstein said, “The guy who runs DRED used to work for me. I would never hire him to work for me in that role. Good guy, good man, but he wouldn’t know how to encourage creatively business to come into the state any more than the man on the moon, and he knows that." He then tried to mislead the paper by claiming he wasn't referring to Rose.

"It is outrageous that Havenstein would attack a former employee and respected public servant just to advance his own political agenda," McClain said. "And trying to deny what he said only makes the situation worse, proving that Havenstein thinks he's completely unaccountable. If this is how little he respects his former employees, just imagine how he would treat the working people and families of New Hampshire.”