Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on the resignation of Jack Wozmak, Governor Maggie Hassan’s failed drug czar:
“Jack Wozmak’s tenure as Governor Maggie Hassan’s drug czar was marked by a troubling pattern of ineptitude and ineffectiveness. Under Governor Hassan’s leadership, Mr. Wozmak refused to work with local officials and repeatedly failed to reach out to the physicians and members of New Hampshire’s law enforcement community who are on the front lines of combating our state’s heroin epidemic,” said New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn. “Given the seriousness of New Hampshire’s substance abuse crisis, Governor Hassan should have already replaced Mr. Wozmak with a competent person who could have done a better job. Granite Staters expect state government to be well-managed, and it’s clear that Governor Hassan’s focus on her distracting United States Senate campaign is hindering her ability to address this emergency.”
In an interview with Foster’s Daily Democrat (10/11/15),the President of the New Hampshire Medical Society called for “greater leadership” from the Hassan Administration on New Hampshire’s devastating heroin epidemic. Dr. Lukas Kolm also said that embattled Hassan Administration drug czar Jack Wozmak has failed to reach out to New Hampshire’s physicians.
This news followed earlier reports that Governor Hassan’s drug czar also failed to contact top law enforcement officials in New Hampshire’s biggest towns and cities.
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.
Following the announcement that the New Hampshire Union Leader was dropped as a partner from the New Hampshire GOP Debate, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump took responsibility for the move. NHDP Chairman Ray Buckley made the following statement:
“This ridiculous attack on New Hampshire’s statewide newspaper threatens the traditions of our First-in-the-Nation primary and makes it clear that the New Hampshire Republican Party has now fully embraced Donald Trump as their frontrunner. Senator Kelly Ayotte should denounce her party’s actions to undermine our state’s primary status.”