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Sep 12, 2016 9:46 AM

Sununu brushes off criticism of campaign donors

CONCORD - A day after opponent Ted Gatsas drew attention to his campaign donations from employees of Eversource, Executive Councilor and Republican candidate for Governor Chris Sununu dismissed the criticism as an attempt to distract from the Manchester Mayor's own record.

"They're grasping at straws, anything just to try to get a headline or get a knock," Sununu said Friday in an interview with NH1 Radio News anchor Laura Montenegro. "They're trying to catch up with me in the polls".

Gatsas issued a release Thursday drawing attention to Sununu's campaign finance report, pointing out that 25 employees of Eversource donated more than $18,000 to the Executive Councilor's campaign for Governor. He also was critical of Sununu's position on Northern Pass. While Sununu supports it, Gatsas thinks more of the share of power carried by the transmission lines should stay in New Hampshire-30% as opposed to 10%.

According to Sununu, New Hampshire only uses about 9% of New England's power, so the 10% that would come from the Northern Pass proposal is reasonable.

"Mayor Gatsas talks about power because he thinks they sound like nice political talking points without truly understanding how the markets work," Sununu says.

Both Sununu and Gatsas, along with fellow Republican candidates for Governor Frank Edelblut and Jeannie Forrester, are in the final days of campaigning before Tuesday's primary vote. Sununu says of his strategy in the final days: "I'm a very positive guy. I try to bring energy and optimism and positivity...just keep up that energy, that optimism, that real-world experience that people are looking for.

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