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Oct 18, 2016 10:48 PM

Edelblut goes to bat for Sununu, criticizes Van Ostern, in business credentails battle

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – A new battle over resumes broke out Tuesday in the race for New Hampshire governor.

At a New Hampshire GOP news conference at the Legislative Office Building, State Rep. Frank Edelblut criticized Democratic gubernatorial nominee Colin Van Ostern, saying “he describes himself as a business leader. And I’m sorry but when you have worked in the private sector only three years out of sixteen years, out of a sixteen year career, you cannot claim the title of business leader. Colin does not have the business experience to be the governor of New Hampshire.”

Edelblut added that the Democratic nominee “we do not need someone as governor who has plotted one move to another to make his resume look good enough.”

Later, talking one-on-one with NH1 News, Edelblut questioned how Van Ostern went from being a political strategist to a top job at New Hampshire’s Stonyfield Farm, the nation’s largest maker of organic yogurt.

“No solid business guy is going to hire someone with zero business experience to come in and run a 100 million dollar product line, that simply does not happen. And so I question whether there’s been some inflation on Colin’s resume,” Edelblut declared.

Edelblut narrowly lost to GOP gubernatorial nominee Chris Sununu in the September 13th primary in a field with four major candidates. He conceded the next day, losing by just over 800 votes. During the primaries, Edelblut questioned Sununu’s business credentials.

At the NH1 News GOP gubernatorial primary debate on Aug. 31, Edelblut took aim at Sununu, who’s the CEO of the Waterville Valley Resort, saying “I actually went up to Waterville Valley and visited the facility up there. It actually needs a lot of work.”

“I think this goes to how Chris would govern the state of new Hampshire,” he added.

But asked on Tuesday if he still feels that way about Sununu, Edelblut responded “I think that Chris has more business experience than Colin does having spent his entire career in the private sector. I still think that I have a deeper resume than both of those guys.”

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley called the NHGOP news conference a sign of desperation.

“These are obviously desperate attacks. Colin has a very solid business record here in the state and the fact is he can’t defend Chris Sununu’s record. Probably the most failed business record of any nominee for governor in my lifetime,” Buckley told NH1 News.

The fight over the two candidates business credentials first flared earlier this month at their first televised debate. Sununu and Van Ostern face off twice more on TV, including an NH1 News showdown at 8pm on Oct. 26.

Both candidates are running to succeed Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who's challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte instead of running for a third term in the Corner Office.

State Rep. Frank Edelblut, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate, talks with NH1 News at the Legislative Office Building in Concord on Oct. 18, 2016

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