Hassan hikes away from toll hike stance
In the face of a steady barrage, Democratic nominee for Governor Maggie Hassan has reversed course on potential increases in toll road fees for New Hampshire drivers.
A press release from Republican Ovide Lamontagne’s campaign noted that on a conference call last week, Hassan stated that she doesn’t “think toll increases are a good idea.” The statement comes two weeks after a forum in which Hassan stated that a “discussion” about toll increases would be in the cards should she win on November 6th.
Lamontagne’s campaign seized the moment, launching an on-going series of daily “Maggie’s Tax of the Day” emails highlighting the “99 new or increased taxes or fees” Hassan backed during her time as a state Senator.
“As a Senator, she voted to increase 99 taxes and fees, lost an election, and is now trying to convince voters she oversaw a balanced budget. We’re seeing another example of that now; Sen. Hassan reminded voters of her true colors,” said Lamontagne campaign spox Tom Cronin.
Outside conservative groups also joined the chorus created by Hassan’s own words. Shannon McGinley of Cornerstone Action challenged Hassan to “have that discussion about those tax hikes right now” and Jennifer Horn, President of We the People: A First in the Nation Freedom Forum, called on her to “come clean” on her support for tax and fee increases.
Hassan’s caving to the criticism now opens the door to charges of flip-flopping. The press release from Lamontagne’s campaign derided her for shifting “on her openness to hiking fees on the state’s highways” and questioned she was now going to “turn to the gas tax hike she was also open to” during the forum.