Concord – Since announcing her bid for United States Senate, Governor Hassan is increasingly putting her duties as governor second to her political ambitions and the national spotlight.
As first reported by WMUR, Governor Hassan missed the New Hampshire Air Guard’s most important annual event, declining to attend despite her role as commander-in-chief of the New Hampshire National Guard. It was later reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader that she was out of state attending New York City fundraisers and political events.
On Saturday, despite the ongoing gas pipeline and carbon monoxide emergency in Keene,WMUR reported that Governor Hassan decided to attend the Democrat presidential debate instead of monitoring and managing the situation, which threatened the air safety of one of New Hampshire’s largest cities.
“Twice in two weeks, Governor Hassan abandoned her duties as governor so she could focus on advancing her political career. Granite Staters elected the governor to lead state government, not to use the office as a steppingstone to higher office,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “It is shameful that Governor Hassan chose to hobnob with out-of-state political donors instead of fulfilling her obligations as commander-in-chief of New Hampshire’s National Guard. This is the type of politically-motivated behavior we would have never seen from Governor John Lynch, but unfortunately this is the new normal under Governor Hassan. New Hampshire deserves a full-time governor instead of an absentee politician who is more concerned with her political future than her current job.”
Union Leader: “Hassan’s Office Confirmed That The Invitation Was Received” “Hassan’s office confirmed that the invitation was received, but mistakenly declined and so the event never landed on her schedule.” (Dan Tuohy, “Lambert asks Governor Hassan to explain absence from Guard party,” Union Leader, 12/13/15)
- “Hassan Was In New York For The Annual Meeting Of The Democratic Governors Association” “On the evening of Dec. 6, and the morning of Dec. 7, Hassan was in New York for the annual meeting of the Democratic Governors Association.” (Dan Tuohy, “Lambert asks Governor Hassan to explain absence from Guard party,” Union Leader, 12/13/15)
- “The Governor Participated In Fundraising Events In New York City” “There was no conflict earlier that Sunday in terms of the Guard’s event; and later on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, the governor participated in fundraising events in New York City, according to the Hassan campaign.” (Dan Tuohy, “Lambert asks Governor Hassan to explain absence from Guard party,” Union Leader, 12/13/15)
WMUR: Gov. Maggie Hassan On Saturday Did Not Change Her Plans To Attend The Democratic Presidential Debate Despite A Propane Gas And Carbon Monoxide Emergency In Keene” “Gov. Maggie Hassan on Saturday did not change her plans to attend the Democratic presidential debate despite a propane gas and carbon monoxide emergency in Keene because she had been assured by emergency officials the situation was being resolved, her spokesman said.” (John DiStaso, “Hassan monitored Keene gas emergency, then attended debate,” WMUR.com, 12/21/15)