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Jun132014

NH GOP - HYPOCRITE HASSAN FILES FOR RE-ELECTION 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Governor Maggie Hassan filing for re-election:

 

"Maggie Hassan's reckless and hypocritical tenure as governor negates her campaign promises of fiscal responsibility.  She ignores emergency policies in place, because of her blind pursuit of a big-government agenda, by taking Democrat lobbyists on a taxpayer-funded vacation to pay them back for raising campaign cash for her with Vice President Biden.  Hassan openly embraces ObamaCare and other failed policies hurting residents in New Hampshire but championed by Democrats in Washington so that she can use her corner office in Concord to court special interest group support for a 2016 Senate campaign.  Maggie Hassan isn't working for the people of the Granite State and it's time replace her with a responsible Republican this fall."

 

BACKGROUND

 

As a candidate, Maggie Hassan promised to be a fiscally responsible governor committed to balanced budgets

 

"The former three-term senator from Exeter also pledged to be a fiscally responsible governor who would veto any sales or income tax and commit herself to a balanced budget." (Kathryn Marchocki, "Hassan promises state won't 'turn our back' on its people," New Hampshire Union Leader, 10/26/11)

 

As Governor, Hassan has failed miserably to manage the New Hampshire budget and has ignored the spending precedent set by Governor John Lynch

 

"A hiring freeze put in place five years ago by Governor John Lynch is doing little to prevent state agencies from filling their vacant positions, as the Governor's Office has issued 436 waivers so far this Fiscal Year. Governor Maggie Hassan has not denied a single request to waive the hiring freeze in her first six months in office." (New Hampshire Watchdog, 6/13/2013)

 

Because of her reckless management of state finances, Hassan was forced to issue an Executive Order directing a freeze in generally funded hiring, equipment, purchasing and out-of-state travel

 

"The state will freeze hiring, equipment purchases and out-of-state travel paid for with general funds after the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee approved Gov. Maggie Hassan's executive order" (Gary Rayno, "State spending freeze locked in," New Hampshire Union Leader, 05/22/2014)

 

Unfortunately for New Hampshire residents, Governor Hassan believes that the spending freeze applies to everyone but herself, and demonstrates tremendous hypocrisy in preparing to take a taxpayer-funded vacation to turkey with Democrat lobbyists next week

 

"Gov. Maggie Hassan is going forward with her long-planned trade mission to Turkey despite the state revenue dip that prompted her to freeze out-of-state travel. She makes an exception for her trip, saying it is worth the money even now. That position is undermined by the very figures her administration uses to promote the trip....There simply is no urgent need for the state to spend scarce tax dollars on a trade mission with the state's budget in such bad shape." (Editorial, "Hassan's trip: Quit it cold turkey," New Hampshire Union Leader, 06/02/2014)

 

Even worse, Hassan's trip is political payback in the form of a paid vacation for one of one of her top supporters, Democrat lobbyist Jim Demers, who hosted a fundraiser for her campaign with Vice President Biden at his home in 2013

 

"Vice President Joe Biden plans to raise campaign cash for the Democratic leader of the first-in-the-nation primary state.  The White House says Biden will appear at an Aug. 22 fundraiser in Maine for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, who faces re-election next year. The event is at Democratic lobbyist Jim Demers' home." ("Biden to raise money for NH Gov Hassan," Associated Press, 08/05/2013)

 

"The delegation of business representatives headed for Turkey includes...former state representative and lobbyist Jim Demers, president and CEO at Demers and Blaisdell" (Dave Solomon, "GOP, conservative group take aim at Hassan over trip," New Hampshire Union Leader, 06/03/2014)

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