Manchester, NH – Today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party released footage of failed CEO Walt Havenstein disparaging New Hampshire businesses at a Dover GOP event, just moments after embracing Tea Party extremist Governor Rick Perry.
Walt’s disparaging remarks about New Hampshire businesses came while criticizing Governor Hassan's Trade Mission to Turkey, saying, "You don't need to go halfway around the world to do that. Especially if you don't have anything to sell."
“It’s troubling to see a candidate running to lead our state denigrate the ability of our businesses to export to emerging markets,” said Dawn Wivell, founder and former director of the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center. “Such remarks not only insult New Hampshire’s business community, they reflect a lack of understanding of how we can keep moving our economy forward."
Walt's comments belittle the state’s growing aerospace and defense sectors, and the many goods and services New Hampshire companies have to offer to the region, the country and the world.
“Walt is relying on cheap attack lines and trashing New Hampshire's economy to avoid talking about his own record driving SAIC into the ground, as his failed strategy cost the company thousands of jobs, and millions of dollars,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “The fact that Walt is willing to disparage New Hampshire businesses in a lame attempt to score political points underscores that he would be the wrong choice for Granite State businesses and would take New Hampshire's economy in the wrong direction.”
During the same event, Walt also suggested "We need someone to be like Rick Perry" in order to promote the state. But by seeking to emulate ultra-conservative Rick Perry, who has said it's "nonsense" to focus on equal pay for women and has a record of actively fighting against LGBT civil rights, Walt once again proved how out-of-touch he is with New Hampshire voters.
Havenstein may not remember that Rick Perry received a whopping 0.7% of the vote in the 2012 New Hampshire Primary, considering he was still working for SAIC and living in Maryland at the time.
“Only someone from Maryland could think comparing himself to Rick Perry, with his history of fighting against equal rights for women and LGBT citizens, would appeal to New Hampshire voters,” continued New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing.
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