Campaign notes: Troopers endorse Hassan; 120 Republicans back Shaheen; Brown accepts 7 debates

MONDAY, SEPT. 22: TROOPERS FOR HASSAN: Gov. Maggie Hassan picked up the endorsement of the New Hampshire Troopers Association, the union representing non-commissioned members of the New Hampshire State Police.


The union cited her “strong record of standing up for the safety of our communities.”


“Governor Hassan continues to earn the trust and support of law enforcement because of her strong record of bringing together leaders of both parties to solve problems and improve our public safety,” Seth Cooper, NHTA president, said in a statement. “Governor Hassan has been a tireless advocate for policies that help protect our communities.”



Hassan said she was honored by the support and went on to criticize her opponent, Republican Walt Havenstein.



“My opponent’s so-called (budget) ‘plan’ would create a $90 million hole in the state budget and take New Hampshire back to the Bill O’Brien era of devastating cuts to public safety, higher education, and economic development. He’s even said he would slash funding for the Department of Safety, taking 80 percent of the troopers off the road and making our highways less safe.”


REPUBLICANS FOR SHAHEEN. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign on Monday released a list of 120 Republicans endorsing her. The list was headed by former state Sen. Rick Russman of Kingston, who has endorsed Shaheen dating back to 2002, when she lost to John E. Sununu.


Also on the list are retired State Police Col. Lynn Presby, attorney Jim Steiner of Concord and Ursula Gordon of New Boston, who appeared in a television ad for Shaheen during the summer.


One person on the list, Berlin businessman Steve Griffin, said he did not belong there.


“I am strongly supporting Scott Brown and am extremely disappointed that Senator Jeanne Shaheen would dishonestly include my name on her list of endorsements without asking my permission,” he  said. “Washington has changed Jeanne Shaheen, and her record of voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time proves that she won’t provide the type of independent leadership that she promised she would bring to the Senate.
“New Hampshire needs to elect Scott Brown to restore America’s standing in the world, stop reckless government spending and help small business owners create jobs. I am proud to support Scott’s campaign to bring change to Washington and ask that Senator Shaheen immediately remove my name from her list.”



For the Shaheen campaign’s full list and comments, click here.


BROWN: SEVEN DEBATES: Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Scott Brown said today he has accepted seven general election debates with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and called on her to join him in all seven. Shaheen so far has accepted three debates.
The debates Brown has accepted are:


September 29: Franklin Pierce University
October 6: Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council
October 13: WGIR Radio Debate
October 14: Manchester/Nashua Chambers of Commerce
October 21: NECN/Concord Monitor/UNH (televised)
October 23: NH1/UNH’s Rudman Center (televised)
October 30: WMUR/Union Leader (televised)


Shaheen has accepted the three televised debates and Brown campaign manager Colin Reed said the voters deserve more.


“Since Senator Shaheen has refused to hold a single town hall meeting this election, it’s even more important for there to be a series of debates sufficient in number to give the people of New Hampshire the opportunity to understand the differences between Scott Brown and Senator Shaheen,” Reed said. He said seven debates is “the same number that Governor Hassan has proposed to her Republican opponent.”

Author: John DiStaso

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