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Feb 4, 2015 12:13 PM

NHGOP goes after Gov. Hassan over out-of-state travel

NH1 Political Unit

CONCORD - Call it an early shot in the 2016 U.S. Senate showdown here in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Republican State Committee Wednesday filed a "Right to Know" request regarding Gov. Maggie Hassan's out of state travel records for January. The NHGOP says it will file similar requests each month "so that Granite Staters can track how many days their absentee governor is spending out of state as she prepares to run for United States Senate."

One of the biggest political questions in the Granite State is whether the Democratic governor will run for a third term in 2016 or instead challenge Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who's up for re-election next year.

Hassan has demurred when asked about her future political plans. In an interview with NH1 last month on the eve of her second inauguration, when asked about 2016, Hassan answered by saying that "I'm very focused right now on our budget and the legislative session and that's where I intend to place my focus."

In a statement, NHGOP chair Jennifer Horn said that "despite your dishonest denials, it is clear that you are using the corner office as a political stepping stone and actively exploring a campaign for United States Senate in 2016. A campaign for United States Senate will require significant out-of-state travel in order to raise the millions of dollars needed for this race."

The New Hampshire Democratic Party quickly fired back.

"Jennifer Horn issued what may be the most ironic Right to Know request of all time while traveling overseas on a trip funded by extremist hate groups that has come under fire from organizations across the political spectrum. The blatantly political request also marks the height of desperation from Kelly Ayotte, whose own travel has gotten her in hot water as she exploits ‘loopholes' to hold expensive Utah ski weekends paid for by lobbyists and corporate interests," said NHDP chairman Ray Buckley.


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