Manchester, N.H. – Incumbent Governor Maggie Hassan filed for re-election yesterday, the same day Republican Andrew Hemingway stood with dozens of supporters to submit his papers to challenge her in November. The difference was clear in their filing statements as Hemingway discussed lowering health care costs, improving education and growing the economy, and the Governor touted her expansion of government and a gas tax increase.
“She cited the bi-partisan support for the two-year budget, freezing state college tuition, doubling the research and development tax credit, providing health care to 50,000 poor adults and raising the gas tax to fix the state’s roads and bridges as hallmarks of her first term.” – Hassan, Hemingway file for NH governor's race by Gary Rayno, Union Leader, June 13, 2012 (View article here)
“When you brag about raising taxes on families already struggling in a stagnant economy, and the massive expansion of Obamacare as your hallmarks, I’d say you’ve demonstrated the difference between the two of us,” Hemingway said.
In addition, Governor Hassan claims credit for a Republican Senate budget and a freeze in the state college tuition. The college tuition freeze came from the University System of New Hampshire Board, not the Governor.
University System of NH board votes to freeze in-state tuition for two years, Nashua Telegraph, June 29, 2013 (View article here)
“In addition to touting the two things that will do damage to our economy, Governor Hassan took credit for a budget created by the Republican Senate and a tuition freeze by a board she doesn’t sit on. I think it’s clear the reality is that Maggie Hassan has no accomplishments of her own worth bragging about,” Hemingway concluded.