Gov. Maggie Hassan’s campaign says the latest ad attacking her record from the Republican Governors Association is another round of “tired attacks” about positions she took that had bipartisan support.
The RGA’s latest television ad says that Hassan “tried to shove through a massive spending bill using casino revenue that didn’t exist.” She had placed $80 million in anticipated casino revenue in her budget before the bill was passed, drawing criticism from even some Democrats. But five Republican senators and more than 70 Republican House supported this years’ gambling bill.
The ad points out she “increased the gas tax 23 percent.” The bill was introduced by a Republican and had bipartisan support. Five Republicans backed the bill in the Senate, where it passed, 15-9, and 17 in the House, where it passed, 193-141. The bill also had the support of the Business and Industry Association and several chambers of commerce.
“No matter how many attack ads out-of-state Republicans run, they won’t be able to distract from Havenstein’s bad management as CEO of SAIC, where he implemented a disastrous strategy, the company shed thousands of jobs, and he failed to stop massive fraud that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars,” charged the Hassan campaign.
And it points out her support for a tax on Limited Liability Corporations while she was in the state Senate.
The Hassan campaign said that the Legislature passed the state budget nearly unanimously, and pointed out that Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, and Sen. Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton, complimented her casino plan.
View the RGA ad here.