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Wednesday
Dec022015

Strong NH - Hassan still silent on Gitmo plan

 

Granite Staters Deserve Answers From Hassan on Her Plan to Close Gitmo

MANCHESTER - While there are currently over 100 dangerous individuals still at Gitmo, President Barack Obama has vowed to continue efforts to close it.

The Defense Department announced last month that five Yemeni nationals were released from Gitmo, including an Al Qaeda terrorist who reportedly had close ties to Osama bin Laden. According to the Pentagon, they were transferred to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Today, Sen. Kelly Ayotte said that the recent release of Gitmo detainees occurred just four-and-a-half hours after French officials raided the Bataclan to stop an attack there. 

Governor Maggie Hassan told the New Hampshire Union Leader in an interview in October that "she would consider closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison," but she has not elaborated further on the issue since.

Organizations like ours have been pressing Governor Hassan for weeks to explain what she believes we should do with Gitmo detainees if the facility is closed. Last month, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire took out a full page advertisement in the New Hampshire Union Leader calling on Governor Maggie Hassan to fully explain her position on closing the Gitmo. Regrettably, she has refused to do so.

**More images of the newspaper advertisement can be provided upon request**

 

Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement;

"Given new revelations that the five dangerous Gitmo detainees who were were released last month were sent to the UAE just hours after the attacks in Paris, Granite Staters are rightly concerned about the Obama Administration's plan to eventually close the facility. Those concerns are heightened further given reports that the Pentagon is considering relocation areas for other detainees only hours from the New Hampshire border.

"Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has been asking Governor Maggie Hassan for months for a full explanation of what she would do with the more than one hundred dangerous detainees still being held Gitmo. Whether she supports releasing them to other countries or moving them to facilities in the United Staters, given the dangerous times we live in, Granite Staters have been more than patient waiting to hear what Governor Hassan's plan truly is."
 

 

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Tuesday
Dec012015

NH GOP - FACT CHECK: HASSAN VOTED AGAINST LAW PROHIBITING SANCTUARY CITIES 

 

PolitiFact.com Rates Accurate NHGOP Claim Hassan Voted Against Bill To Prohibit NH Sanctuary Cities
Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding PolitiFact.com stating the claim was “accurate” that Maggie Hassan voted against a bill that would have prohibited sanctuary cities in New Hampshire:
 
“Governor Hassan’s opposition to legislation that would penalize sanctuary cities clearly demonstrates her willingness to put political considerations ahead of public safety concerns. Illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes in our country need to be arrested and immediately deported, and local officials should not provide these convicted criminals with safe haven by promoting policies that ignore federal law. The governor’s support for sanctuary cities shows how out-of-touch and extreme her views are with New Hampshire’s commonsense values.”
 
BACKGROUND:
 
PolitiFact: “Proposed Legislation That Would Have Barred New Hampshire From Serving ‘As A Sanctuary For Illegal Aliens.’ The Bill Also Mandated That State Law Enforcement Agencies Enforce Federal Immigration Laws ‘To The Extent Authorized By Federal Law.’” “Then, former state Sen. Joe Kenney, a Republican, proposed legislation that would have barred New Hampshire from serving ‘as a sanctuary for illegal aliens.’ The bill also mandated that state law enforcement agencies enforce federal immigration laws ‘to the extent authorized by federal law.’” (Allie Morris, “Did Maggie Hassan vote against legislation to ‘prevent sanctuary cities’ in New Hampshire?,” PolitiFact, 11/25/15)
  • “Hassan…Was One Of 13 Democrats Who Voted To Kill The Bill” “Hassan, then a state senator, was one of 13 Democrats who voted to kill the bill, which went down in a 13-10 vote along party lines.” (Allie Morris, “Did Maggie Hassan vote against legislation to ‘prevent sanctuary cities’ in New Hampshire?,” PolitiFact, 11/25/15)
  • "The New Hampshire Republican Party Said That Maggie Hassan, As A State Senator, 'Voted To Kill Legislation That Would Have Blocked Any Effort To Promote Sanctuary City Policies In New Hampshire.'" (Allie Morris, “Did Maggie Hassan vote against legislation to ‘prevent sanctuary cities’ in New Hampshire?,” PolitiFact, 11/25/15)
  • "Hassan Did Vote Against A 2008 Bill That Would Have Prohibited New Hampshire From Serving As A 'Sanctuary For Illegal Aliens.'" (Allie Morris, “Did Maggie Hassan vote against legislation to ‘prevent sanctuary cities’ in New Hampshire?,” PolitiFact, 11/25/15)
  • “The Statement Is Accurate” “The statement is accurate but needs additional information, so we rate it Mostly True.” (Allie Morris, “Did Maggie Hassan vote against legislation to ‘prevent sanctuary cities’ in New Hampshire?,” PolitiFact, 11/25/15)​
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Sunday
Nov082015

NHGOP LAUNCHES HASSAN TOWN HALL TICKER 

 

 

Clock Counts Time Hassan Has Refused To Hold Town Hall Meetings
Concord – The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today launched the Hassan Town Hall Ticker, a new clock posted on www.nhgop.org that tracks the days Governor Hassan has refused to hold a town hall-style meeting since her inauguration as governor on January 3, 2013.
 
“Governor Hassan refuses to hold town hall meetings because she knows her failed record of raising taxes on working families, mismanaging the state’s response to New Hampshire’s heroin epidemic and bringing Washington gridlock to Concord cannot be defended,” said New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn. “The governor’s shameful disregard for New Hampshire’s political tradition of open and accountable government demonstrates that she is a typical partisan politician who thinks too highly of herself to face her own constituents. After nearly three years of dodging questions, it's time for Governor Hassan to hold the type of town hall-style meetings that Granite Staters expect from their elected officials.”
 
As of this writing, it has been 1,037 days that Governor Hassan has held elective office and refused to hold a town hall-style meeting.
Friday
Nov062015

NHGOP CALLS ON HASSAN TO TAKE A STAND ON FUNDING OUR TROOPS 

 

 

Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Governor Hassan to tell New Hampshire voters where she stands on funding for our troops and whether she would have voted with Harry Reid and Washington Democrats to hold funding for the troops and New Hampshire defense priorities hostage. Senate Democrats today blocked the 2016 defense spending bill.
 
“Senate Democrats’ refusal to provide critical funding for our military and national defense is a shameful example of Washington politics at its worst,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “As a candidate for the United States Senate, Governor Hassan must take a position on this important issue and tell New Hampshire if she would stand up for our troops or fall in line with her liberal party leadership in Washington. New Hampshire deserves independent leadership in the Senate, and Governor Hassan needs to tell voters if she would rubber-stamp this partisan stunt that hurts our military.”
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Thursday
Oct222015

NH GOP - MEMO: MAGGIE HASSAN'S TERRIBLE CAMPAIGN KICKOFF 

FROM: Jennifer Horn, NHGOP Chairman
TO: Interested Parties
RE: Maggie Hassan's Terrible Campaign Kickoff
DATE: October 22, 2015
 
The first two weeks of Governor Hassan's campaign for Senate have been marked by negative headlines, embarrassing gaffes and a daily struggle to stay on message.
 
Negative Headlines
 
While the governor's fledgling campaign is doing its best to convince voters she isn't just another partisan Democrat incapable of separating herself from Washington party bosses, a consistent barrage of negative headlines aren't doing her any favors.
  • The governor's first official day as a Senate candidate was overshadowed by her admission of support for President Obama's disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. Polls show that while the Iran deal may have survived the test of Washington, it is widely unpopular with the American people.
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    • Hassan's vote to block legislation to prevent sanctuary cities in New Hampshire eerily mirrored national Democrats' vote to block similar legislation and provided Granite Staters with a preview of just how she would vote as a United States Senator - in lockstep with her party and against the state's best interests.
Hassan may try to hide from her out-of-touch views, but her extreme record will come back to haunt her campaign for higher office.
 
Campaign Gaffes
 
The candidate's words and her campaign's actions are telling two different stories, demonstrating her shameless hypocrisy and willingness to do anything to get to Washington.
  • Governor Hassan launched her campaign by promoting the value of bipartisanship and working together, but proceeded to launch personal attacks on the family life of her opponent by citing a widely discredited satirical blog on Twitter (@Maggie_Hassan).
  • The governor's campaign was immediately mocked by national press for using a sexist satire blog which describes itself as a "vile socialist anti-Christian propaganda blog". The article promoted by Governor Hassan referred to Senator Kelly Ayotte as a "girl-guy," and was repeatedly defended by her campaign, despite its offensive, insulting and inaccurate content.
Struggling To Stay On Message
 
In as many weeks, Governor Hassan has been forced two separate times to denounce attacks on New Hampshire's political tradition by top Democrat surrogates.
  • Last week, Harry Reid insulted New Hampshire's status as the First-in-the-Nation presidential primary state, forcing his handpicked Senate candidate, Governor Hassan, to call for an apology for his offensive remarks. It has been widely reported that Harry Reid personally recruited the governor to run for United States Senate and his political operation has spent $550,000 on her behalf. She has refused to say whether she will continue to rely on his financial support and political backing.
  • Later that same week, fellow Hillary Clinton endorser Howard Dean insulted New Hampshire's Secretary of State Bill Gardner, requiring yet another denunciation from Governor Hassan.
Conclusion
 
The governor has had trouble separating herself from Washington Democrats and has continued to reveal herself as just another party line vote after coming out in favor of overwhelmingly unpopular national policies. Her campaign kickoff has been marked by consistent setbacks, particularly her inability to flee from her extreme record, and she has shown herself to be just as incompetent a campaigner as governor.
 
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