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Nov 12, 2014 3:50 PM

Kevin Landrigan: NH Gov. Hassan looks to move quickly as long as friendly council remains in office


Thanks to the voters, Governor Maggie Hassan will be very busy between now and the end of the year.

That's because after January 1, she deals with a five-person executive council that Republicans will control. Republican strategist Rich Killion says look for Hassan to move to get several key actions carried out by a lame duck council.

"We're going to find out really fast what Maggie Hassan's priorities are on unfilled or open executive appointments over the next 60 days. After January 1, it becomes a very heavy slog for her,'' Killion said.

The key seat the GOP won to take over was Dist. 5 where Nashua Democrat Debora Pignatelli retired due to health reasons.

Milford Republican Dave Wheeler took advantage of that opening by winning this seat that Pignatelli had taken away from her two years earlier.

Hassan's nomination of former Democratic Party lawyer Martin Honigberg from a seat to chairmanship of the Public Utilities Commission this week was one such example.

Killion said Honigberg would have more difficulty winning confirmation from the newly-elected council than he will from the one now in office.


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