FACT CHECK: Washington Republicans Launch False Attacks to Try to Take Heat Off Kelly Ayotte for Playing Politics with DHS Funding
NRSC Criticizes Bipartisan Proposal from Business Leaders to Hire a COO for NH, Despite Fact that At Least Five GOP Governors, Including RGA Chair Bill Haslam, Have COOs
Concord, N.H. – Washington Republicans today launched a false attack on a bipartisan proposal by New Hampshire business and community leaders to make New Hampshire state government more innovative and efficient.
“As Kelly Ayotte tries to spin her way out of trouble after repeatedly voting to play politics with funding for the Department of Homeland Security, Washington Republicans are pulling out all the stops to try to take the heat off their vulnerable Vice Presidential wannabe,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.
The proposal to hire a Chief Operating Officer for the State of New Hampshire, which Governor Hassan included in her fiscally responsible budget proposal, was the top recommendation of the Governor’s Innovation Commission, which included experts from the business community, nonprofits, and higher education, as well as elected officials such as Republican State Senator Sharon Carson.
When asked about the proposal, House Finance Chair Neal Kurk (R-Hillsborough) said, “It’s a smart move for the state.”
The attack from Washington Republicans comes despite the fact that at least five Republican Governors, including RGA Chair Bill Haslam, have named Chief Operating Officers for their states.
Republican Governors with COOs include Florida Governor Rick Scott, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, and Tennessee Governor and RGA Chair Bill Haslam.
"If Washington Republicans think that they can distract from the fact that Kelly Ayotte has put New Hampshire communities at risk by holding funding DHS funding hostage, they are going to be sorely disappointed," added Buckley.