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Saturday
Sep202014

NH GOP - SHERIFF HILLIARD CALLS ON SENATOR SHAHEEN TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT TIES TO BUSINESS LINKED TO BURGLARY RING 

Concord - Merrimack County Sherriff Scott Hilliard today called on Senator Jeanne Shaheen to address questions about a new report about her small business record. Yesterday, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Shaheen co-managed a family store that was later found to have sold stolen goods.

 

"Senator Shaheen's connection to this tarnished business raises serious questions that should be addressed. It is troubling that Senator Shaheen never disclosed this information during her many years in politics as she campaigned on her small business experience.  

 

"If Senator Shaheen has nothing to hide she should immediately answer questions about her involvement in this business and be open and transparent with her constituents."

 

 

BACKGROUND ON SHAHEEN TOUTING HER SMALL BUSINESS EXPERIENCE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL:

 

2004: SHAHEEN: "I also understand the importance of small business on a very personal level because for the first eight years that my husband and I were married, we were involved in a partnership and a family business. We had a very small business, a seasonal business in York Beach, ME. But it was enough to teach me at a very personal gut level the issues that you deal with as business people. I had to deal with the personnel issues, withmeeting the payroll, with paying the bills, paying the taxes, and all of the bureaucratic regulations that go along." (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Remarks At Women Impacting Public Policy Conference, 9/28/04)  6:31

 

2008: SHAHEEN: "Now my husband and I started our married life with a small business. I understand what it is like to pay the bills and meet a payroll. And I think we have got to make sure that they enjoy economic opportunity, and so we need to see some action in Washington to help them." (Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Senate Debate, 10/6/08) 14:19

 

2011: SHAHEEN: "'As a former business owner, I understand that it's business and not government that creates jobs,' Shaheen said during a speech to the New England Council, an alliance of businesses, health and academic institutions. 'But I also know that government has a critical role to play fostering a positive business environment. It has a role to play in making sure that we recover from this recession and that we remain competitive.'" (Greg Kwasnik, "Shaheen Sees U.S. Role In Jobs," The Union Leader, 1/25/11)

Saturday
Sep202014

NH GOP - CARLY FIORINA ADDRESSES NHGOP CONVENTION 

Concord - Carly Fiorina will deliver the keynote address at the New Hampshire Republican Party Convention on Saturday, September 20.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

 

WHAT:             New Hampshire Republican Party Convention

 

TIME:               9:00 am (ET)

                       

 

WHERE:          Southern New Hampshire University

                        2500 North River Road

                        Manchester, NH 03106

 

WHO:              Chairman Jennifer Horn

                        State Senate President Chuck Morse

                        House GOP Leader Gene Chandler

                        Congressman Frank Guinta, Nominee for US Congress

                        Representative Marilinda Garcia, Nominee for US Congress

                        Scott Brown, Nominee for US Senate

                        Walt Havenstein, Nominee for Governor

                        US Senator Kelly Ayotte

                        Carly Fiorina

Saturday
Sep202014

NHGOP STATEMENT ON SHAHEEN CAMPAIGN RESPONSE TO BUSINESS SCANDAL 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following on the Shaheen Campaign's comments on Senator Shaheen's ties to a family business that sold stolen goods:

 

"Jeanne Shaheen has touted her small business experience during her political campaigns, but never disclosed that she worked at a family business that was later tied to a burglary ring. She never mentioned that her former business partner was convicted of receiving and selling stolen property and went to jail.

 

"These new revelations raise serious questions that Senator Shaheen should address at an open and unfettered town hall meeting. New Hampshire expects their elected officials to be transparent and accessible. If Senator Shaheen truly has nothing to hide, she should be willing to personally answer questions from her constituents about this issue at a town hall meeting."

   

Friday
Sep192014

NH GOP - SHAHEEN SMALL BUSINESS EXPERIENCE WAS AT STORE SELLING STOLEN GOODS 

Dem Senator's Small Business Experience Was Co-Running Store that Sold Stolen Goods

Washington Free Beacon

CJ Ciaramella

September 18, 2014

http://freebeacon.com/politics/dem-senators-small-business-experience-was-co-running-store-that-sold-stolen-goods/

 

Throughout her political career, including during her current race against former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) has touted her experience as a small business owner. Shaheen's small business "experience" was co-running a store that once sold thousands of dollars-worth of stolen jewelry.

 

"As the former owner and manager of a small retail business, Senator Shaheen knows what it's like to worry about meeting payroll and inventory costs to keep a business going," the Issues section of her Senate website declares. Her Senate biography also describes her as a "former small business owner."

 

This week, the Shaheen campaign asked voters to compare Scott Brown's small business record against her own.

 

"New Hampshire voters know they can trust Jeanne Shaheen because she votes to put New Hampshire first, and the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act is the perfect example of that," Shaheen Campaign Manager Mike Vlacich said. "Scott Brown had the opportunity to vote on the exact same bill to help small businesses across the state, but he sided with Wall Street and big corporate interests and voted no. That's as clear of a contrast as you can get. Jeanne Shaheen votes to put New Hampshire first, and Scott Brown doesn't."

 

In 1969, Shaheen and her husband, Bill, cofounded and had a stake in "Bill & Bob's-A Sterling Example," a shop with locations in both New Hampshire and Maine that sold used jewelry, silver, and leather items. The business was co-owned by Bill Shaheen's brother-in-law, future state senator Bob Fennelly.

 

In 1980, police executed a search warrant at the Maine Bill and Bob's location in connection to an investigation of a burglary ring that authorities said had stolen up to $200,000 of property from 27 residences.

 

Fennelly was indicted for allegedly buying $11,000 of stolen jewelry from the burglars. Fennelly retained a lawyer, Robert Stein, who would later become a partner at Bill Shaheen's law firm.

 

"It was a known fact that Bill and Bob's would buy any silver and gold without asking many questions," one burglar told police, according to a Sep. 6, 1980 report by the Foster's Daily Democrat newspaper, which extensively covered the trial.

 

In an affidavit, one of the burglars said he was paid $6,000 for stolen jewelry by Fennelly over a two-day period. The burglars said that on another occasion he told Fennelly that he'd found several pieces of stolen jewelry on the beach by using a metal detector.

 

During the trial, the prosecution played a tape of an interview with Fennelly. He said "many persons worked in the shops," including "his wife, Margaret, at the York store and his mother-in-law, Josephine Shaheen, and his brother-in-law, Bill Shaheen, on weekends, at the Dover store."

 

Bill Shaheen testified in court that he sold his stake in the business to his sister Josephine in 1977, after President Jimmy Carter named him U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire. He said he still occasionally worked at the store on weekends, according to the Foster's Daily Democrat.

 

The Shaheens were never charged or connected to the crimes.

 

Fennelly was convicted in New Hampshire on two felony counts of receiving stolen property and three identical counts in Maine.

 

The scandal destroyed Fennelly's political career. The Shaheens were never charged or connected to the crimes. The Maine Bill and Bob's location remains open.

 

On the campaign trail, in speeches, and in print, Shaheen cited her experience with Bill and Bob's as proof of her small business bona fides.

 

"I also understand the importance of small business on a very personal level because for the first eight years that my husband and I were married, we were involved in a partnership and a family business," said in 2004. "We had a very small business, a seasonal business in York Beach, Maine. But it was enough to teach me at a very personal gut level the issues that you deal with as business people. I had to deal with the personnel issues, with meeting the payroll, with paying the bills, paying the taxes, and all of the bureaucratic regulations that go along."

 

The Shaheen campaign did not return a call seeking comment.

Wednesday
Sep172014

NHGOP CALLS ON MAGGIE HASSAN TO HOLD TOWN HALL ON NEW HAMPSHIRE ECONOMY 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Governor Maggie Hassan to hold a town hall meeting on the state of New Hampshire's economy, in light of her recent comments regarding economic growth in the state:

 

"Maggie Hassan should be honest with her constituents about the dismal state of the economy in New Hampshire, instead of misleading them by saying that she has seen 'great growth' during her time in the corner office in Concord," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Maggie Hassan should immediately hold an open, transparent town hall event to discuss the real challenges facing New Hampshire's economy, so that Granite Staters can hold her accountable for her reckless and abysmal tenure as governor."   

 

Maggie Hassan's big government, tax and spend policies are significantly hurting New Hampshire's economy, as the state economy grew by only half the national average in 2013.  Further, Maggie Hassan's regulation heavy agenda is creating an unfriendly environment for business in the state, as evidenced by the state's drop to 30th best for business, a significant change from the rating of 19th best state for business when she was elected in 2012.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Maggie Hassan believes that the economy has seen "great growth" during her tenure as governor. "We are seeing great growth, and we are moving forward," Hassan said. (Josh McElveen, "Havenstein attacks Hassan on economy," WMUR, 9/15/2014)

 

New Hampshire's economy grew by only 0.9% in 2013, down from 1.2% in 2012 and severely behind the national average of 1.8% growth in 2013.  (U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Widespread but Slower Growth in 2013, 6/11/2014)

 

Under Governor Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire has fallen from the 19th best state for business to the 30th best state for business according to CNBC.  (America's Top States for Business, CNBC, Accessed 9/16/2014)