FROM: Jennifer Horn, NHGOP Chairman
TO: Interested Parties
RE: Maggie Hassan's Terrible Campaign Kickoff
DATE: October 22, 2015
The first two weeks of Governor Hassan's campaign for Senate have been marked by negative headlines, embarrassing gaffes and a daily struggle to stay on message.
Negative Headlines
While the governor's fledgling campaign is doing its best to convince voters she isn't just another partisan Democrat incapable of separating herself from Washington party bosses, a consistent barrage of negative headlines aren't doing her any favors.
  • The governor's first official day as a Senate candidate was overshadowed by her admission of support for President Obama's disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. Polls show that while the Iran deal may have survived the test of Washington, it is widely unpopular with the American people.
    • Hassan's vote to block legislation to prevent sanctuary cities in New Hampshire eerily mirrored national Democrats' vote to block similar legislation and provided Granite Staters with a preview of just how she would vote as a United States Senator - in lockstep with her party and against the state's best interests.
Hassan may try to hide from her out-of-touch views, but her extreme record will come back to haunt her campaign for higher office.
Campaign Gaffes
The candidate's words and her campaign's actions are telling two different stories, demonstrating her shameless hypocrisy and willingness to do anything to get to Washington.
  • Governor Hassan launched her campaign by promoting the value of bipartisanship and working together, but proceeded to launch personal attacks on the family life of her opponent by citing a widely discredited satirical blog on Twitter (@Maggie_Hassan).
  • The governor's campaign was immediately mocked by national press for using a sexist satire blog which describes itself as a "vile socialist anti-Christian propaganda blog". The article promoted by Governor Hassan referred to Senator Kelly Ayotte as a "girl-guy," and was repeatedly defended by her campaign, despite its offensive, insulting and inaccurate content.
Struggling To Stay On Message
In as many weeks, Governor Hassan has been forced two separate times to denounce attacks on New Hampshire's political tradition by top Democrat surrogates.
  • Last week, Harry Reid insulted New Hampshire's status as the First-in-the-Nation presidential primary state, forcing his handpicked Senate candidate, Governor Hassan, to call for an apology for his offensive remarks. It has been widely reported that Harry Reid personally recruited the governor to run for United States Senate and his political operation has spent $550,000 on her behalf. She has refused to say whether she will continue to rely on his financial support and political backing.
  • Later that same week, fellow Hillary Clinton endorser Howard Dean insulted New Hampshire's Secretary of State Bill Gardner, requiring yet another denunciation from Governor Hassan.
The governor has had trouble separating herself from Washington Democrats and has continued to reveal herself as just another party line vote after coming out in favor of overwhelmingly unpopular national policies. Her campaign kickoff has been marked by consistent setbacks, particularly her inability to flee from her extreme record, and she has shown herself to be just as incompetent a campaigner as governor.