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Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem Police Haven't Heard From Hassan Drug Czar


Concord - The Union Leader today reported that Governor Maggie Hassan's embattled Drug Czar John Wozmak has failed to contact top law enforcement officials in Nashua and Salem during his six months on the job. Police Chiefs in Manchester and Concord have previously come forward to say that they have not heard from the drug czar and that their concerns about New Hampshire's heroin epidemic have fallen on "deaf ears" in Concord.


"After six months on the job, there is no excuse for the failure of Governor Hassan's drug czar to contact top law enforcement officials in Manchester, Nashua, Concord and Salem", said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Clearly, the state's response to New Hampshire's heroin epidemic has been mishandled, and Governor Hassan's drug czar has failed to coordinate with local law enforcement officials. It is long past due for Governor Hassan to put politics aside and take ownership of the issue instead of outsourcing her responsibilities to an incompetent bureaucrat."


Hassan's office also lost track of a $12 million federal grant to combat substance abuse. Governor Hassan also vetoed a budget that included a 75% increase in state funding to address the heroin epidemic. 





Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today launched an online petition urging Governor Hassan to arm the New Hampshire National Guard. Since the deadly attack at a military recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, seven states' governors have ordered their respective National Guards to arm themselves.


"The outrageous attack in Chattanooga has raised serious questions about the safety of our men and woman in uniform serving at recruitment stations. As the Commander-in-Chief of the New Hampshire National Guard, Governor Hassan should follow the example set by seven other governors and immediately allow our Guardsmen to arm and defend themselves," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn.


"We train and arm the men and women of our military to fight for our freedoms on foreign soil. Clearly, they should be able to arm and defend themselves on domestic soil. It's time for Governor Hassan to put politics aside and do the right thing for our Guardsmen."


Since the deadly terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Governor Hassan has come under mounting pressure to act and arm the National Guard. Recently, former National Guardsman Senator Scott Brown urged Governor Hassan to arm the New Hampshire National Guard. The governors of Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin have already taken measures to ensure their states' guardsmen are able to defend themselves. In the absence of action from Governor Hassan, citizen patriots have taken to guarding military recruitment centers on their own.


The online petition urging Governor Hassan to arm the New Hampshire National Guard can be found here or by visiting





Drug Czar Had No Plan Less Than 24 Hours Before Hassan's Office Released Recommendations


Concord - The Union Leader today reports that John Wozmak, Governor Maggie Hassan's embattled drug czar, failed to present any plans to combat the state's heroin epidemic at a Monday meeting with top Manchester officials. Less than 24 hours later, Hassan's office released a set of hastily prepared, boilerplate recommendations that they claimed were the result of months of work from Mr. Wozmak.


"The fact that Governor Hassan's embattled drug czar didn't even mention a substance abuse plan to top Manchester officials raises questions whether Mr. Wozmak's recommendations are a serious proposal or simply political camouflage designed to distract from the Hassan Administration's failed leadership," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "After six months on the job, Governor Hassan's drug czar should have been in regular contact with Manchester law enforcement officials to ask for their ideas before releasing any recommendations. It's clear that the state's response to the heroin epidemic has been inadequate and that Governor Hassan's office has dropped the ball on numerous occasions." 


According to the Union Leader, "no mention of an imminent release of a plan" was made at an hour-long Monday meeting with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Police Chief Nick Willard.


"That left us all a little bit concerned about where to go and whether we need to develop our own plan," Mayor Gatsas told the Union Leader.


The Hassan Administration has faced increasing criticism in recent weeks for its lackluster response to the heroin epidemic. Last week, WMUR reported that Hassan's office didn't know that New Hampshire had been awarded a $12.5 million federal grant to combat substance abuse. 





Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on Governor Hassan's veto of a tax reform bill that would have helped New Hampshire companies grown and create jobs:


"Once again, Governor Hassan has put good paying jobs at risk by ignoring the concerns voiced by Granite State employers. At a time when New Hampshire job growth is falling behind both the national average and the rate in Massachusetts, Governor Hassan should be doing everything within her power to help business jump-start our economy. The governor continues to remind Granite Staters that she is out of touch with the priorities of the New Hampshire business community and unwilling to support pro-growth policies that are needed to create more good paying jobs." 






FROM: Jennifer Horn, NHGOP Chairman


TO: New Hampshire and National Press


RE: Hillary Clinton's Arrogant NH Campaign


DATE:  July 16, 2015


Hillary Clinton may be trying to "reset" her campaign after an underwhelming launch, re-launch and years of an antagonistic relationship with the press and public, but Clinton can't escape her history of inaccessibility, lack of transparency and outright dishonesty.


In recent visits to New Hampshire, Clinton has disgraced the First-in-the-Nation primary process with staged events, a refusal to answer serious questions and closed-off nature that runs completely contrary to the Granite State's grassroots, retail tradition.


According to an Associated Press survey released today, "voters aren't sold on [Hillary Clinton's] reinvention: Only 4 in 10 voters say they view Clinton as 'compassionate.' Just 3 in 10 said the word 'honest' described her either very or somewhat well."


It's no surprise that recent polls show Bernie Sanders within the margin of error of Hillary Clinton. As a self-described socialist, Sanders may be dangerously out-of-touch with America on the issues, but the Sanders campaign has at least respected New Hampshire's First-in-the-Nation presidential primary by taking unfiltered questions, answering authentically and allowing press legitimate access.


Hillary Clinton's notoriously isolated campaign will be visiting New Hampshire today for a full day of choreographed events. Clinton's utter disregard for a free and open press goes back decades, and the New Hampshire Republican State Committee would like to provide a few tips and tricks for covering Clinton in New Hampshire.



  • Expect to walk into a Clinton event only to be told the entire venue is off the record (and you're not allowed to tweet either!)

New York Times: "The meeting had been arranged through Jesse Ferguson, a campaign press minder, who in advance of my arrival sent me an email that said the following: 'The ground rules we've had with others in our office is that the office itself is OTR,' meaning off the record. 'I don't want to get into a contest of people tweeting pic from our office to show they were there.' was not clear to me how you could declare a 40,000-square-foot space off the record" (Mark Leibovich, "Re-Re-Re-Reintroducing Hillary Clinton," New York Times, 7/16/15)

  • Bring a pair of scissors as you may need to cut yourself free from a restrictive press rope meant to keep you from getting close to the candidate

CBS: "Nothing says freedom on Independence Day like corralling reporters with a rope to keep them away from Hillary Clinton as she marches in a July 4th parade. Clinton's advance team used a rope to separate the press from the Democratic presidential candidate as she walked the parade route, at times dragging the cranky reporters down the road." (Jacqueline Alemany, "Clinton campaign gives new meaning to the term 'rope line' at New Hampshire parade," CBS, 7/4/15)

  • Don't rely on a pool for coverage as the pool reporter may be kicked out of and prohibited from covering the event

Daily Mail: "The Clinton campaign denied access to the designated print pool reporter in New Hampshire this morning." (Chris Spargo, "Hillary Clinton campaign denies access to political editor as Monday's pool reporter in New Hampshire," Daily Mail, 6/15/15)

  • If you need to use the restroom, refrain from asking for directions as you may be told to "hit the woods"

Townhall: David Martosko Tweet: 'Latest @HillaryClinton development: Sec. Service agent won't let me into the YMCA venue to go to the bathroom, says 'Hit the woods.'" (Aaron Bandler, "Hillary Campaign Tells Reporter to 'Hit The Woods,'" Townhall, 6/15/15) 

  • Be sure to follow directions exactly or you may be told to "go to the end of the line"

Fox News: "One of them approaches her to ask for her signature. 'Sign this please?' she asks. Clinton responds, 'If you go to the -- go to the end of the line.' She again says, 'Why don't you go to the end of the line.'" (Staff, "Clinton to autograph seeker: 'Go to the end of the line,'" Fox News, 6/2/15)

  • When interviewing event attendees that identify as "everyday Americans," inquire further as they may actually be coached "partisans with political connections"

Daily Mail: "Clinton's campaign has already taken heat for depicting at least three people in her campaign launch video as 'everyday' Americans who were actually partisans with political connections." (David Martosko, "Campaign staff DROVE 'ordinary' Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop - including health care 'lobbyist in training' who was an Obama campaign intern and Biden chauffeur," Daily Mail, 4/16/15)

  • Don't expect to get anything on the record from the campaign as any comment is likely to be anonymous, including important state secrets such as New Hampshire voters should expect to be "seeing a lot of (Clinton) in the months ahead"

Nashua Telegraph: "The Hillary Clinton campaign staged an event for the New Hampshire media last week that struck us as the antithesis of what the New Hampshire primary is about...There was little or no substance to it, and certainly not enough to warrant using unnamed sources." (Editorial, "Event was the antithesis of what NH is about," Nashua Telegraph, 5/21/15)


For media outlets wishing to cover candidates with respect for the important role of the press, the New Hampshire Republican State Committee recommends covering any Republican candidate for president.