"There will never be another public servant like Councilor Ray Burton. He is simply irreplaceable and his difficult decision is an enormous loss for our state. New Hampshire is thankful for his outstanding service and our thoughts and prayers are with him during these trying times."
Hampton Falls – Former New Hampshire Governor John H. Sununu issued the following statement today on Executive Councilor Ray Burton’s decision to not seek reelection:
"I am deeply saddened to hear that Councilor Ray Burton will not seek reelection after over thirty years in public service. As a former governor who served with Ray for six years, I was always impressed with hisdedication and deep commitment to his constituents. No one has done more tostand up for the North Country than Ray, and his institutional knowledge and bipartisan leadership will be missed on the Executive Council.
"Nancy and I extend our best wishes to Ray during these difficult times, and we ask that all Granite Staters keep him in their thoughts and prayers.”
Office of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan
CONCORD – Following unanimous Executive Council confirmation today of Governor Hassan’s reappointment of Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D. to continue serving as Commissioner of Education, the Governor issued the following statement:
“The confirmation of Virginia Barry as Commissioner of Education is an important step forward in ensuring New Hampshire students receive an education that provides them with the skills, knowledge and innovative thinking needed for success in the 21st century economy. Commissioner Barry has demonstrated steadfast dedication to the children of New Hampshire, and leaders across the education community have praised her ability to bring people together to develop solutions for the challenges facing our schools. I applaud the Executive Council for confirming this dedicated public servant and look forward to working with her to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.”
Concord, NH - Dan McKenna, Legal Counsel of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, today filed right-to-know requests with Attorney General Michael Delaney and Executive Councilor Chris Sununu regarding the investigation into Councilor Sununu's alleged inappropriate communicates with Circuit Judge Michael Sullivan.
The text of the letters is as follows:
March 19, 2013
The Honorable Christopher T. Sununu
New Hampshire Executive Council
107 North Main Street
State House, Room 207
Concord, NH 03301
Re: Communication with Judge Michael Sullivan
Pursuant to RSA 91-A, I hereby request a copy of any and all documents concerning your attempts to influence Judge Michael Sullivan on or about January 10, 2013. Specifically, I am requesting all correspondences and documents related to your communication with Judge Sullivan, whether in print or electronic format, including but not limited to: correspondences between you and Judge Sullivan, as well as all correspondences and records of your communications with law enforcement, including the Attorney General's Office, related to your communication with Judge Sullivan
RSA 91-A: 1 states, "Openness in the conduct of public business is essential to a democratic society. The purpose of this chapter is to ensure both the greatest possible public access to the actions, discussions and records of all public bodies, and their accountability to the people."
The statute requires your response within five (5) days of receipt of this letter. If my request is denied in whole or part, you are required to respond in writing and state the specific exception that allows you to deny this request.
Thank you for you assistance.
March 19, 2013
Michael A. Delaney, Esq., Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
33 Capitol Street
Concord, NH 03301-6397
Re: Executive Councilor Sununu Improper Influence Investigation
Attorney General Delaney:
It has come to our attention that your Office recently concluded an investigation into the facts surrounding Executive Councilor Christopher Sununu's submission of a letter on behalf of Patrick McDougal to Judge Michael Sullivan.
Pursuant to RSA 91-A, I hereby request a copy of the entire file related to the matter of Councilor Sununu's contact with Judge Sullivan.
Very truly yours,