Feb 9, 2015 12:00 AM
Kevin Landrigan: NH Democrat, Republican chairs take shots at party's leading lights
The heads of New Hampshire's Republican and Democratic Parties lobbed bombs at their high-profile foes regarding out-of-state travel - Democrats at Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Republicans at Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.
The fury underscores the fierce infighting that's well in advance of a potential showdown in 2016 should Governor Hassan decide to challenge Ayotte's re-election in 2016.
The missives came within eight minutes of each other with GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Horn of Nashua starting Monday's skirmish.
Horn questions Hassan's claim the governor's office is exempt under the state's Right to Know.
"The Hassan Administration's commitment to transparency has been troubling. It cannot and should not be true that local boards of selectmen are subject to the Right-to-Know Law but the only state official elected by all New Hampshire citizens, the governor, is not,'' Horn wrote.
Last week, Horn had issued an inquiry into Hassan's out-of-state travel amidst the claim the two-term Democrat had traveled to Washington last month.
NH1 has confirmed Hassan did not travel outside New Hampshire except for a press event just over the border in Kittery, Maine to celebrate progress on an important Seacoast border bridge project.
Democratic Chairman Ray Buckley followed with a Right-to-Know letter about what he called ``her extensive political travel.''
What sparked the letter was published reports of an upcoming trip to Missouri to co-headline an event with ex-PA Sen. and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
"Particularly given the many legal and ethical questions surrounding your Utah destination fund-raiser at the ski home of a lobbyist with business before one of your committees, we believe it's important for the people of New Hampshire to know where and when you are traveling for political purposes and who is picking up the bill,'' Buckley wrote.