NHDP - FACT CHECK: Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Launches Desperate, Misleading Ad Attacking Governor Hassan

Havenstein Falsely Blames Governor Hassan for Fifteen-Year Old National Trend in Manufacturing and Export Data Given by Federal Government
 

Havenstein’s Claim that He’ll be Straight with Granite Staters Proven False Multiple Times in the Last Week Alone

 
Manchester, NH—Following his disastrous performance in WMUR’s Granite State Debate, failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s desperation is showing through as he launches a misleading ad attacking Governor Hassan.
 
In the ad, Havenstein tries to blame Governor Hassan for a fifteen-year old national trend in manufacturing and export data provided by two federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Census Bureau. Havenstein also makes the laughable claim that “I’ll always be straight with you,” which has been proven false multiple times in the last week alone.   
 
“Walt Havenstein trying to blame Governor Hassan for federal data and a fifteen-year old national trend in manufacturing is the height of desperation,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “It’s hard to imagine how Havenstein could say with a straight face that he’ll ‘always be straight’ with Granite Staters, considering that in the last week alone it was revealed that his so-called economic ‘plan’ is built on accounting gimmicks and he has consistently tried to have it both ways on nearly every issue including, expanding health coverage and a woman’s right to make her own health decisions.”
 
“Not to mention that Maryland taxpayers would certainly object to Havenstein’s phony claims that he’s a straight-shooter, as he continues to fight the bill for the thousands of dollars he owes for taking improper tax breaks,” added Lesswing.
 
Havenstein’s so-called economic “plan” uses misleading numbers and unsound methodology to calculate the current rate of job-creation in an attempt to hide the fact that New Hampshire’s economy is already on pace to create 25,000 jobs in less time than he proposes.
 
In Friday’s WMUR Granite State Debate, Havenstein continued trying to have it both ways on health care issues, even after he signed the Koch Brothers pledge that calls for repealing health coverage for 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters.
 
And despite Havenstein’s repeated doublespeak on women’s health, he can’t deny that he supports the Hobby Lobby decision allowing bosses to deny contraception coverage and he confided to his far-right backers that he supports restrictions on a woman’s right to make private, personal health decisions.
 
Also last week, reports emerged that Havenstein is trying to play the victim as he fights paying the thousands he owes for misleading the State of Maryland on his taxes, even though he swore under oath multiple times that he was a principal resident of Maryland in order to receive thousands in tax breaks that he wasn’t allowed to take under law.
 
"After all his political doublespeak the last thing Granite Staters can do is trust failed CEO Walt Havenstein. He has proven that he will say and do anything to protect his own interests, and his desperate, misleading ad won't fool the people of New Hampshire," added Lesswing.
 
FACT CHECK:
 
HAVENSTEIN FALSELY BLAMES GOVERNOR HASSAN FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S EXPORT DATA
Havenstein falsely blames Governor Hassan for "export data from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Commerce," and ignores the fact that the data showed "significant amount of export growth in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing of electric machinery, surgical instruments and defense-related parts, as well as in the food and beverage industry... sometimes even triple-digit growth." [Business NH Magazine, 7/15/14]
 
As DRED Commissioner Jeffrey Rose explained, "The US Department of Commerce uses a complex methodology to measure exports and their growth – methodology that has been in place for decades and which determines the value of each state’s activity in the global marketplace. The data provided is the accepted measure of exports by state and federal agencies, as well as the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund. By using the Origin of Movement (OM) series, the Department of Commerce determines the breakdown of over $2 trillion in exports. The OM can be the location of where the item was produced or the location of a distributor, warehouse or cargo processing facility. New Hampshire export statistics credit the movement of oil into the state, just as another state receives credit for millions of dollars’ worth of components produced in New Hampshire." [Blog Post by Commissioner Jeffrey Rose, NHeconomy.com]


HAVENSTEIN TRIES TO BLAME GOVERNOR HASSAN FOR FIFTEEN-YEAR OLD NATIONAL MANUFACTURING TREND
According to The Century Foundation, “American manufacturing employment had been in a nonstop slide since 1998, and far more manufacturing jobs were lost in the pre-crash 2000s than after the crash.” However, the report adds that while the “growth in manufacturing since 2009 has been lower than for service jobs […] it’s faster now than it was in the boom-time 1990s.” [The Century Foundation, Accessed 9/6/14] Not to mention that Havenstein signed a pledge to support the Koch Brothers agenda – the same Koch Brothers who have helped lead the way in exporting American jobs. [American Bridge, Accessed 9/2/14]
  
HAVENSTEIN’S “PLAN” DISTORTS JOB CREATION NUMBERS IN ATTEMPT TO MISLEAD VOTERS; HIDES FACT THAT NH IS ALREADY ON PACE TO CREATE 25,000 PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS IN TWO AND A HALF YEARS 
Havenstein not only cherry-picked seasonally-adjusted jobs number to calculate New Hampshire’s current rate of job creation, but he also incorporates government job losses to drive the number down to his claimed 4,500 figure.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ own guidance, “annual average estimates are calculated from the not seasonally adjusted data series.” Meaning the most accurate number of private sector jobs created from June 2013 to June 2014 is 10,400 (non-seasonally adjusted, non-government jobs). By this measure, New Hampshire’s economy is already on pace to exceed Walt’s target in the same amount of time.
 
For full New Hampshire employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics see below or here
 
New Hampshire not seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs
June 2013: 649,300
June 2014: 658,500
Change:  +9,200
 
New Hampshire not seasonally adjusted government jobs
June 2013: 88,400
June 2014: 87,200
Change: -1,200
 
New Hampshire not seasonally adjusted private sector jobs (total non-farm minus total government jobs)
June 2013: 560,900
June 2014: 571,300
Change: +10,400 jobs
 
HAVENSTEIN SUPPORTS LIMITING ACCESS TO “LIFE-SAVING” ASPECT OF WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE
“Contraceptive services are a fundamental and at times life-saving aspect of women’s health care. By ruling the way it did, the Supreme Court has opened the door for religion and politics to control access to those services. Despite their protestations to the contrary, that is exactly what Brown and Havenstein are championing.” [Concord Monitor Editorial, 7/2/14]
 
HAVENSTEIN CONFIDED TO REPUBLICAN BACKERS THATHE IS PRO-LIFE
The Union Leader reported on Havenstein’s stance on women’s issues saying, “‘It’s his first campaign mistake,’ said former Gov. Stephen Merrill, who was beside Havenstein last week at his campaign kickoff. Merrill said the candidate told him he is personally pro-life and as governor would support a ban on late-term abortions and a requirement for parental notification.” [Union Leader, 4/21/14]
 
HAVENSTEIN SIGNED AFFIDAVITS THAT HIS PRIMARY RESIDENCE WAS IN MARYLAND TO RECEIVE TAX CREDITS, THEN ASSERTED BEFORE BLC HE’D ALWAYS LIVED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
“Havenstein will be billed for several years of back taxes after officials in Maryland said he accepted tax breaks he shouldn’t have. In 2007, Havenstein signed a pair of affidavits pledging that his primary residence at the time was in Maryland, and for four years, he received tax credits known as the homestead exemption. But upon entering the race for governor, Havenstein asserted that he has always lived in New Hampshire, and the state Ballot Law Commission ruled in his favor. Revenue officials in Maryland told News 9 that Havenstein shouldn’t have accepted benefits in that state.” [WMUR, August 20, 2014]