Web Video Highlights Havenstein’s Koch Brothers Agenda that Would Take NH Back to the Bill O’Brien Era of Devastating Cuts to Education, Health Care, and Public Safety
Manchester, NH – Today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party launched anew web video highlighting how failed CEO Walt Havenstein would be a rubber stamp for the anti-middle class Koch Brothers agenda and take New Hampshire back to the Bill O’Brien era of devastating cuts to education, health care and public safety.
Havenstein has never shied away from embracing disgraced former speaker Bill O'Brien, noting just last week during the WMUR debate that he thought, “Bill did a very good job.” O'Brien infamously pushed an ultra-conservative agenda in New Hampshire that repealed the state's minimum wage, slashed funding for higher education in half, cut critical services for Granite State children and families, and defunded Planned Parenthood.
“Heading into the general election, failed CEO Walt Havenstein has already made it crystal clear that his 'plan' would simply be to rubber-stamp the Bill O'Brien/Koch Brothers agenda,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “By signing the Koch Brothers pledge that calls for repealing health coverage from 50,000 people, praising Bill O'Brien's devastating cuts to education, health care and public safety, and opposing efforts to restore and improve New Hampshire's minimumwage, Havenstein has proven time and again that he would hurt regular New Hampshire families."
"New Hampshire can't afford someone like Walt Havenstein who puts his interests first no matter who it hurts, and who can't be trusted to look out for the priorities of working Granite Staters," added Lesswing.
Havenstein signed the Koch Brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity pledge calling to repeal health coverage from 50,000 Granite Staters, bring back the devastating and reckless Bill O'Brien budget that slashed higher funding in half, and oppose an increase in the minimum wage, despite making nearly $20 million himself while his company lost millions of dollars and shed thousands of jobs under his failed leadership.
Watch the new web video here
Havenstein Thinks Bill O'Brien Did a "Very Good Job"
When asked during last week's WMUR debate for his thoughts on disgraced former speaker Bill O'Brien, Havenstein replied, “I think Bill did a very good job.” [WMUR GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate, 9/5/14]
Havenstein Made Nearly $20 Million While SAIC Lost Thousands of Jobs and its Stock Value Dropped 32%
While Havenstein said it was fine for him to receive nearly $20 million as CEO of SAIC despite his failed leadership and mismanagement that cost the company enormously, he maintains that hardworking families don’t deserve a pay increase, saying, “I am not in favor of raising the minimum wage, period.” [Havenstein Interview with WKBK]
Havenstein Signed the Koch Brothers Pledge
The Pledge is “crafted by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity, funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers […] Walt supports the principles of the AFP pledge and will sign it...” [WMUR Segment on Koch Brothers Pledge Signing Event, 7/30/14]