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EXCLUSIVE: Then-Governor Jeanne Shaheen Was 'AWOL' On 9/11

The Daily Caller

By Patrick Howley

October 5, 2014


Democratic New Hampshire senator and then-governor Jeanne Shaheen did not tell her Republican second-in-command in advance that she was out of state on 9/11, creating a situation where the lawmaker charged with fulfilling her duties in a crisis did not know who was in control of the East Coast state for hours, The Daily Caller has exclusively learned.


Shaheen as governor did not notify the Republican president of the Senate, who was next in line to run the state if the governor was absent, that she had left to go to a political event in Washington, D.C. Shaheen's absence, cell phone troubles, and a legal challenge to her authority by the head of the state's National Guard created "chaos" at the State House in Concord.


Shaheen said in a 2011 speech that she was in D.C. for a National Governors Association education meeting on September 11 and saw smoke at the Pentagon from her hotel window. National Governors Association records do not show any Winter or Summer meetings for governors scheduled in September 2001, and records of the education event were not found as of press time. Shaheen announced her exploratory committee for a 2002 Senate run on August 23, 2001, less than three weeks before 9/11.


A retrospective New Hampshire National Guard statement said that National Guard Adjutant General Major Gen. John Blair was on a conference call with Shaheen on the morning of September 11, and that the state's transportation commissioner Carol Murray notified Shaheen that a plane had hit the World Trade Center.


But the conference call, which included then-Senate President Arthur Klemm and the state's attorney general, was actually held after the attack because "we were looking for her [Shaheen]," a senior State House staffer at the time told The Daily Caller. The conference call only created confusion.


"Shaheen as commander in chief of the National Guard made an order. The adjutant general questioned whether she had the authority" because she was out of the state, the senior staffer said. "The attorney general told the adjutant general that she did."


The staffer said that it was understood that "Arthur [Klemm] was unaware that [Shaheen] was out of the state" on the morning of the attack and that there were "questions raised" as to why she was out of the state, on official business or for fundraising.


"The conference call left it unclear who was in control. It was unclear who was responsible to act as governor," the staffer said. "The state house legislative staff was unaware that she was in Washington. There was a period of time where the cell phone service was up and down. It wasn't clear that Senator Shaheen was in authority to make orders or sufficiently able to maintain control of the state when she was down there."


"It was very difficult for staff to feel that we could advise [Klemm] because we didn't know all of the facts or what the governor's intentions were. I didn't feel that it had been resolved until a phone call [later in the day] saying that the governor was back in the state," the staffer said.


Top state lawmakers remembered a constitutional crisis that day at the New Hampshire State House in Concord.


"In the event of the death, resignation, removal from office, failure to qualify, physical or mental incapacity, absence from the state, or other incapacity of the governor, the president of the senate, for the time being, shall act as governor until the vacancy is filled or the incapacity is removed," according to the New Hampshire Constitution.


"Arthur Klemm was president of the Senate. I was in my third year in the Senate and I was deputy majority leader," former state senator and Klemm's successor as President of the Senate Tom Eaton told The Daily Caller. "I would find out quite often that [Shaheen] was out of the state and never told Klemm. She just did not want him to know. She didn't want anybody to know she was gone fundraising or things like that."


"I was on my way to Concord when I heard about the planes crashing," Eaton continued. "I got to the State House. There was lots of commotion, people not knowing what was going on. I remember Arthur wanting to know where the governor was to find out what we were doing, and he was getting stonewalled by her staff. There was a lot of stonewalling."


"I remember Arthur being frustrated that he couldn't get to talk to her and him not knowing where she was, sitting around watching the replays," Eaton said. "Judy Reardon was her chief of staff, and she was just putting them off basically. Arthur did not know that she was gone...It was chaos basically."


"I remember talking to the Senate president," former State Senate Majority Leader Gary Francouer told TheDC. "There were problems. The Senate president told me at the time that they couldn't get a hold of her. Others hadn't heard from her. It was a few hours before she surfaced with even a call in."


"When governors leave the state they always notify the senate president," Francouer said. "[The Shaheen administration's] remark around that time was we've got cell phones so we don't need to do that anymore. As the Boston bombings showed, the cell phone service gets shut down in crisis situations. Cell phones become useless, especially back then."


"It was clear to everyone that she was planning to run for U.S. Senate in another 14 months and no doubt was already busy raising funds around the country," former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey told TheDC.


"If in fact the governor was out of state and had not properly notified the state senate president, she is guilty in a dereliction of duty in that she broke the chain of command," Humphrey said. "These are very serious matters and they had very serious consequences in that by all accounts senior state officials were thrown into a state of confusion. The chain of command had a gap in those critical moments. I would call it a case of AWOL."


Shaheen's 2014 U.S. Senate re-election campaign and Shaheen's senior counsel Judy Reardon did not return requests for comment.




All - Please see important excerpts from AP reporting on the truth regarding Walt Havenstein's tenure as CEO of SAIC following his tenure at BAE Systems, which directly contradicts the false attacks made by the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  To read the full article, please click here.


Experts: Ads against Havenstein omit key context

By Kathleen Ronayne



...defense industry analysts and experts say the ads ignore key elements of the full story, such as the nationwide recession and cuts to the federal defense budget that had effects across the industry.

Havenstein was CEO at SAIC from 2009 to 2012, his final job before retiring after a long career in the defense industry that included leading BAE Systems in Nashua."




"Defense companies were forced to reduce payrolls and to restructure to meet the new realities. Tens of thousands of jobs were lost across the industry," said Guy Anderson, senior principal analyst for Aerospace, Defense and Security at IHS Jane's, said in an email. "In short, the reductions at SAIC (both in stock valuations and the payroll) were not out of the ordinary compared with peers."


The company's revenue remained stable during that time.




Havenstein says he did this to give SAIC more "punching power" in the market. That transition had its troubles, but SAIC ultimately weathered changes in the industry on par with its competitors, analysts said. 




Havenstein defends the strategy change.


"We did real well relatively speaking as the market came down," he said. "Our traditional market started to feel the impacts of budget constraints and eventually sequestration, (but) we were growing our opportunity list."




Democratic Party leaders have repeatedly declined to address Havenstein's time at BAE Systems, which saw its U.S. sales double to $20 billion during his run as chief executive officer from 2007 to 2009. The company employs more than 4,000 people in New Hampshire.


BAE Systems acquired two prominent competitors during Havenstein's tenure: United Defense in 2005 and Armor Holdings in 2007. The Armor acquisition helped BAE deliver a military vehicle designed to protect against explosive devices on time and at a fixed price, Havenstein said.

He continues to make his business experience the centerpiece of his campaign.



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee spokesman Lauren Zelt today issued the following statement regarding the news that Hillary Clinton will campaign with Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire:


"Hillary Clinton still owes the Shaheens a political favor for their efforts to smear Barack Obama as a drug dealer during the 2008 New Hampshire Primary. It's obvious that Secretary Clinton's effort to prop up Senator Shaheen's flailing campaign is an effort to repay her and her husband for their role in this sordid chapter in New Hampshire political history."


As reported by the Washington Post, Jeanne Shaheen's husband, Bill Shaheen, called Barack Obama a drug dealer while serving as Hillary Clinton's 2008 New Hampshire campaign co-chairman during the 2008 New Hampshire Primary. Mr. Shaheen was forced to resign and issue an apology following the incident.




"Sen. Hillary Clinton today accepted the resignation of her New Hampshire campaign co-chair a day after he suggested that Barack Obama's candor about his past drug use would open the door to Republican attacks." (Alec MacGillis, Clinton N.H. Official Resigns After Comments on Obama, Washington Post, 12/13/2007)



Shaheen Campaign Refusing To Respond to Efforts to Compromise On Arrogant Debate Demands


Concord - Senator Jeanne Shaheen is holding an important event hosted by the Nashua and Manchester Chambers hostage by refusing to even respond to efforts to compromise on her arrogant demands. Shaheen has refused to debate Scott Brown and even appear on the same stage with him.


"Senator Jeanne Shaheen is refusing to debate Scott Brown because she knows that she cannot defend her record of voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time. Her arrogant demands have already caused the Manchester and Nashua Chambers to lose the national media organization and respected debate moderator that had agreed to participate in this important event," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Jeanne Shaheen's disgraceful behavior insults voters and is extremely disrespectful to the event sponsors who are trying to provide a critical debate on jobs and the economy. It is time for her to accept the invitation to this event and agree to the commonsense compromise format that has been proposed."


When asked about her unwillingness to debate Scott Brown during an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio this week, Jeanne Shaheen lied and claimed that the chambers has asked for separate appearances from the candidates (Audio). The chambers had proposed a debate format that would have been moderated by respected Bloomberg News journalist Mark Halperin. Shaheen rejected this invitation.


Senator Shaheen has also declined invitations to debates hosted by Franklin Pierce University and WGIR-AM Radio. 


Additionally, it has been 764 days since Jeanne Shaheen hosted a town hall meeting to answer questions from her constituents. 



Concord - Former United States Senator John E. Sununu released the following statement today on Senator Jeanne Shaheen's attempt to dodge debates with Scott Brown:


"Granite Staters expect to be represented by public officials who are not afraid of their own records. During my campaigns against Jeanne Shaheen, we participated in numerous head-to-head debates hosted by respected New Hampshire organizations including the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Debates at local Chambers are especially important during this campaign, given the ongoing economic challenges facing our state and country.


"Jeanne Shaheen is dodging debates with Scott Brown because she knows that she cannot defend her record of voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time. Her transparent attempt to avoid a serious discussion of the issues by declining invitations and refusing to appear on stage with Scott undermines our political process and is extremely disrespectful to New Hampshire voters."




John Sununu and Jeanne Shaheen squared off in a head-to-head debate hosted by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce: (Shaheen, Sununu debate future of Social Security, Union Leader, 10/31/2002)


Jeanne Shaheen is now refusing to appear on stage with Scott Brown at a debate hosted by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Nashua Chamber of Commerce: (Shaheen refuses to be on stage with Brown at Chambers' debate, NH Journal, 9/29/2014)