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Thursday
Feb042016

Charlie Bass Endorses Chris Sununu for Governor 

 

 

EXETER, NH - Charlie Bass, former long-time Congressman representing New Hampshire's Second District, endorsed Chris Sununu for Governor today. This latest endorsement was another strong indicator of the early support that Sununu is receiving in his 2016 bid for the corner office.
 
Former Congressman Charlie Bass (1995 -2007, 2011-2013) said:
 
"I am pleased to endorse Chris Sununu for Governor.  Like myself, Chris loves New Hampshire and is passionate about our traditions of frugality, local control, and being able to live our lives with as much freedom from government as possible. No one will work harder than Chris to restore our New Hampshire Advantage of low taxes and less regulation so individuals and businesses can prosper. We don't need new taxes, we need a new Governor, and Chris Sununu is best qualified to be that Governor."
 
Chris Sununu offered the following remarks regarding the endorsement:
 
"Charlie Bass was a model public servant who always put his constituents first. New Hampshire citizens were on a first name basis with him, because Charlie was ever present and always ready to help. He is as fiscally disciplined as they come, but knows how to bring people together, and that's a great example for all to follow. His endorsement means a lot to me, and I'm grateful for Charlie's support and advice as I move forward in my campaign."
 
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Thursday
Jan212016

NHGOP STATEMENT: CLINTON’S POLLS PLUMMET AFTER HASSAN ENDORSEMENT 

 

 

Governor’s Backing A Political Bust For Clinton Campaign
 
Concord – Hillary Clinton’s support in the Granite State has continued to collapse since Governor Maggie Hassan formally announced her support for the former Secretary of State’s candidacy.
Clinton trailed Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) 46% - 30% in a poll conducted the University of New Hampshire Survey Center in July – their last survey released before Hassan’s September 17, 2015 endorsement. A UNH survey released yesterday shows Sanders now surging to a commanding 27 point lead over Clinton, beating her 60% - 33%.
“Hillary Clinton is on the verge of a humiliating New Hampshire primary loss and Governor Hassan’s worthless endorsement has been a political bust for her struggling campaign. The governor has invested a significant amount of political capital in Clinton’s candidacy, and the results have been nothing short of a complete and utter embarrassment,” said NHGOP Jennifer Horn. “A Clinton defeat in New Hampshire will be a direct rebuke of Governor Hassan and her political operation.”
Governor Hassan will hold an event for the Clinton campaign today in Concord with former President Bill Clinton and Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta. 

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Saturday
Dec122015

Cruz For President - ICYMI: National Organization for Marriage Endorses Cruz 

 

HOUSTON, Texas - The National Organization for Marriage, one of the most active groups defending traditional marriage in state legislatures, Congress, and the courts, has endorsed Ted Cruz for President.  Cruz, a supporter of NOM’s Presidential Marriage Pledge, has a strong and proven record of standing up for religious liberty and the right of states to decide the definition of marriage. 
 
“Sen. Ted Cruz is a proven champion for marriage and religious freedom and someone we can absolutely count on to fight to restore marriage to our nation's laws and defend the religious liberty of the tens of millions of Americans who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Sen. Cruz has not only signed NOM's presidential marriage pledge committing to take specific actions as president, but he has personally authored the pending federal marriage amendment to restore the right of states to define marriage as one man/one woman. Moreover, he has spoken out consistently and forcefully on the campaign trail as an advocate of true marriage. We are pleased to endorse him and will do everything in our power to support his election." 
 
“I am thrilled to have the support of the National Organization for Marriage,” said Cruz. “They are a staunch defender of traditional marriage and religious liberty, and a critical voice in protecting our rights. It is encouraging that conservatives are continuing to coalesce around my campaign: fiscal, national security, and social conservatives absolutely must unite if we are going to win this election and take back the country. I am proud to stand with NOM and look forward to their help in our campaign.”
 
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Wednesday
Dec022015

NHDP - ICYMI: Star-Ledger: You Won’t Believe Why N.H.’s Top Paper Endorsed Christie  

 

 

Key Points: The paper knows almost nothing about his record as governor...

Take Bridgegate. The editorial made no mention of it...

How about pension reform? The board in Manchester did not know that Christie broke his core promise on that by skipping pension payments...

The editorial said he "dealt admirably" with Sandy. That would come as a shock to the actual victims, 60 percent of whom say they are dissatisfied with the state's response...

How about the nine credit downgrades on Christie's watch as governor?...

And ratings agencies, for the record, don't care if government is big or small. Their ratings reflect the risk that bondholders won't get paid back. New Jersey has the second lowest rating in the country, and it's dropped six times on Christie's watch...

Christie is not even paying attention to New Jersey these days, despite the bad shape we're in. Legislators and business leaders can't get their calls returned.

He's focusing on his performance. And the frightening fact is that in American politics today, that's a sensible choice.
 

You won't believe why N.H.'s top paper endorsed Christie

Tom Moran // Star-Ledger Editorial Board

 

If you haven't read the fulsome endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie from New Hampshire's most influential paper, take a minute. This could be important.

Know two things about this endorsement from the Manchester Union-Leader.

One is that it could put Christie on the map. This paper's endorsements result in an 11 point bump for the winner, on average. If history holds, that means Christie is now a contender in New Hampshire.

The second is this: The paper knows almost nothing about his record as governor.

That's harsh, I know. But I just got off the phone with the Union-Leader's editorial page editor, a very nice guy by the name of Grant Bosse.

The paper has been paying close attention to Christie's speeches in New Hampshire, and his visit to the editorial board. And that's a dangerous game when it comes to a slick character like our governor.

Take Bridgegate. The editorial made no mention of it. "It has nothing to do with the governor," Bosse says.

It's possible Christie didn't know about the lane closures or the cover-up. But this is a governor whose cabinet members don't go to the bathroom without his permission. At a minimum, these were his senior appointees.

How about pension reform? The board in Manchester did not know that Christie broke his core promise on that by skipping pension payments. "I don't know if we went into the weeds on pension reform," Bosse said.

The editorial said he "dealt admirably" with Sandy. That would come as a shock to the actual victims, 60 percent of whom say they are dissatisfied with the state's response.

On jobs, the paper saw no reason to check Christie's dismal record. "Politicians don't create jobs, so we didn't want to give that any credibility," Bosse said.

How about the nine credit downgrades on Christie's watch as governor?

"That largely stems from the fact that while he's been successful holding back tax increases, he hasn't been as successful in restraining spending. Credit agencies like taxes. They don't reward states for fiscal discipline."

Of course, Christie has line-item veto, so he can cut any money from the budget he wants. Turns out it's not as easy as they make it sound on the campaign trail.

And ratings agencies, for the record, don't care if government is big or small. Their ratings reflect the risk that bondholders won't get paid back. New Jersey has the second lowest rating in the country, and it's dropped six times on Christie's watch.

You get the idea. I hate to second-guess a fellow editorial board. But this one is national news, and the paper's publisher has been giving interviews all over the country. So they are in the game now, not just in the audience.

And this editorial confirms my worse fears about this presidential race. It's all about performance, not substance. What else could explain the fact that nearly two-thirds of Republican voters say their first choice is Donald Trump, Ben Carson, or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz?

Christie is not even paying attention to New Jersey these days, despite the bad shape we're in. Legislators and business leaders can't get their calls returned.

He's focusing on his performance. And the frightening fact is that in American politics today, that's a sensible choice.

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Tuesday
Nov242015

Sununu For Governor - Executive Councilors endorse Chris Sununu for Governor 

 

EXETER, NH - Today, seven current and former Executive Councilors endorsed Chris Sununu for Governor. The announcement follows last week's endorsements by two former Governors of New Hampshire.
 
Executive Councilor Joe Kenney of Wakefield, representing New Hampshire's North Country and Lakes Region, said, "I have had the privilege to watch and serve with Chris Sununu on the Executive Council and to see his incredible potential as a future Governor. He has the ability to lead the State in a new direction to foster a new business climate, educational opportunities and lessen the burden of governmental regulations to grow jobs. As a northern CEO of Waterville Valley, he understands and will be a friend of the North Country in support of economic development projects and with the promotion of travel and tourism. I wholeheartedly support him in his race for Governor."
 
Ruth Griffin, a former long-time Executive Councilor (1987-2007) from the Seacoast, said, "Chris Sununu is exactly the leader New Hampshire needs as Governor. He's earned my support by being an Executive Councilor who provides excellent constituent service, is a true friend to taxpayers, and never walks away from the tough votes. His public service and private sector experience, combined with his youth and energy, make Chris exceptionally qualified to be our Governor. Chris Sununu will be a Governor the Granite State can be proud of."
 
Ray Wieczorek, a former Executive Councilor (2002-13) and Mayor of Manchester, said, "Chris has a deep commitment to finding workable solutions to problems. He is knowledgeable, hardworking and determined to bring meaningful change to New Hampshire. No one is better prepared to tackle the challenges facing our state today than Chris Sununu."
 
Earl Rinker, a former Executive Councilor (1987-97) who represented greater Manchester, said, "Chris Sununu has proven himself to be a trusted leader for the entire state. He's made education a top priority, and he's fought hard to ensure that the issue of substance abuse is dealt with in a clear and decisive manner. Constituent service is at the core of an Executive Councilor's job, and Chris is keenly familiar with the kinds of problems that people face. He knows how government can help, and how it can hurt, and there's no doubt in my mind that he will be a difference maker for our state. I'm proud to support Chris Sununu for Governor."
 
Other former Executive Councilors endorsing Sununu include Louis Georgopoulos (1981-87), Bill Cahill (1985-87), and Dan St. Hilaire (2011-13).
 
Chris Sununu, first elected in 2010, is serving his third term on the Executive Council. He attributed the endorsements to recognition of his efforts to bring greater fiscal discipline and accountability to New Hampshire's executive branch.
 
"I appreciate the support of these Executive Councilors very much," Sununu said. "More than anyone, they know what the job of governor takes, and who it takes to do it. They understand the role I've played and the skills and work ethic that I will bring to the corner office. Together, we've shared the commitment to holding the executive branch, and its many unelected bureaucrats, accountable to the taxpayers."
 
Sununu added, "On the Council, I've been fortunate to serve along side and learn from some of our finest political leaders, not the least of whom was the late Ray Burton. The Council is a collegial group, but must be principled and forceful, insisting on integrity, fiscal discipline, and effective state government. I've learned from these Councilors that good government requires collaboration and cooperation, and positive change requires leadership. These lessons will guide me as governor, and I will be a leader for the next generation."
 
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