Jun 18, 2015 1:22 PM
First on NH1 News: America Rising slams Hassan over budget veto threat
NH1 News Political Unit
CONCORD – A top pro-Republican super PAC is criticizing Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan over her threat to veto a budget shaped by GOP state lawmakers who control both chambers of the legislature.
In a rapid response research email obtained by NH1 News, America Rising said it’s holding Hassan accountable for her veto threat, which could eventually lead to a state government shutdown, by pointing out previous comments she made that were critical of the 2013 federal government shutdown that was blamed on Republicans in Congress.
“Governor Hassan’s unwillingness to compromise with the Legislature has pushed New Hampshire to the brink of a government shutdown, a measure she has previously called ‘unconscionable,' ‘reckless,' and ‘unnecessary.' It’s time for her to put aside her own political posturing and instead focus on leading the state she was elected to govern with sound fiscal principles that will make New Hampshire a place to do business again,” said America Rising Executive Director Colin Reed, in a statement Thursday.
The America Rising email includes five quotes from Hassan from October 2013, where she railed against a federal government shutdown and emphasized the affects it would have on New Hampshire residents.
Hassan, meeting with reporters Thursday morning at the state capitol building, vowed to veto the budget if it comes to her desk in its current form.
“Their budget is unbalanced, dishonest about what it funds, and includes unpaid-for corporate tax cuts that create a more than $90 million budget hole at the expense of critical economic priorities,” Hassan said. “It is also left unbalanced by relying on misleading budget gimmicks. It double counts fiscal year 2015 dollars, it does not adequately fund basic services and it does not honestly fund the services we all agree are critical to our people, families and businesses.”
Reacting to the push by America Rising, Hassan Communications Director William Hinkle said “Governor Hassan believes we can and should move forward with a continuing resolution that will fund state government in the short-term while she continues to urge legislators to negotiate in good faith to develop a bipartisan budget that is fiscally responsible and that supports the priorities needed to keep New Hampshire’s economy moving forward.”
America Rising, which along with the Republican National Committee, has long been targeting now Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. But Hassan has also been in the group’s cross hairs, since the Democratic governor is mulling a possible 2016 run against Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Hassan’s expected to decide whether she runs for re-election next year or takes on Ayotte, after the state’s two-year budget is hammered out and the current legislative session comes to an end, most likely later this month or early in July.
Thursday New Hampshire GOP Chair Jennifer Horn called on Hassan to rule out a Senate campaign in order to “focus on addressing New Hampshire’s budget crisis.”