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Select Van Ostern Clips From Wednesday’s NECN Gubernatorial Debate

MANCHESTER, N.H. – During Wednesday night’s NECN gubernatorial debate, New Hampshire voters were presented with a choice: whether to keep New Hampshire moving forward with Colin Van Ostern or go backwards with Chris Sununu. There were clear differences between the candidates as they debated how to best combat the opioid crisis, protect access to healthcare for New Hampshire women and families, and whether or not there should be a state minimum wage.


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Van Ostern: It’s incredibly important, of course we need to do more. Actually today, one of the gentlemen who wrote Operation Granite Hammer, Nick Willard is on the front lines of this crisis in Manchester, has endorsed me in this campaign, on a personal level – I am not speaking on behalf of the Manchester police force. The reason he did, and we’ve talked a lot about this, is because tools like Medicaid expansion are critical. We need to have treatment for folks who have addiction. I took a ride along with the Manchester Police Saturday night. I walked into an apartment, and I saw a woman lying dead on the floor, of an overdose. And I watched her brought back with Narcan. The cop I was with, knew her by name. We need to shrink the addiction pool. It requires better prevention and recovery services. We need to attack the problem, not the people with the problem. There’s a great non-profit called New Futures, which has a 5 point plan on how to do this. The first two points are fully funding the alcohol fund, and making the successful expansion of the New Hampshire health protection plan healthcare coverage permanent. I endorsed that plan, Chris does not. This is a big difference between us on the issue, and we need to keep our state moving forward in the right direction.

Sununu: I’ve never not endorsed the New Futures plan. I think New Futures is an incredible organization.

Van Ostern: To be clear a part of their plan is to make Medicaid expansion permanent. Do you support that?

Sununu: Well no, absolutely not.

Van Ostern: Well then you don’t support their plan.

Sununu: Absolutely not.

Van Ostern: Okay, I just wanted to be clear.



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Van Ostern: Accountability does not mean blaming someone else when you vote to shut off women’s health. In this state, every investigation that other states did was debunked by January. I wrote a letter with Councilor Chris Pappas, saying everything you have asked for has been shown. The next day, front page of the Portsmouth Herald, it said ‘Sununu stands by defunding Planned Parenthood’ and for the next six months, fewer women got birth control, and cancer screenings.

Sununu: There have been investigations in other states. We knew the contract was going to come back. Again, I have been consistent on this. I have stood up. I mean, read the headlines over the past year. I made the tough votes, and I put politics aside. If anybody has put politics aside on this issue, it’s myself, standing up against those political winds.



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Van Ostern: The reality is that a higher minimum wage in New Hampshire is good for the state — Chris believes that we should have no minimum wage at all. That we should surrender our control to Washington, and let Washington decide what our minimum wage should be. Well, let’s be honest, Congress is broken, Washington is broken. It is not working for the people of our country anymore. We as a state can decide to have a higher minimum wage. It will help families, it will help businesses, it will help consumers, and it will help our economy grown.

Van Ostern Breaks Records Fundraising

Van Ostern Is The First Non-Incumbent Democrat Ever To
Raise More Than $850,000
At This Point In The Race

CONCORD, N.H. – Today, Democrat Colin Van Ostern voluntarily reported more than 4,300 contributions totaling a record-setting $850,000+ raised. At this point in the race, this is the largest filing ever for a non-incumbent Democrat.  

“I’m proud of the nearly 4,300 contributions from thousands of supporters who have donated to our campaign to keep New Hampshire moving forward,” said Colin Van Ostern, Democratic candidate for Governor. “Our record-breaking fundraising report shows that our grassroots campaign will have the resources we need to win in November. Together, we can build a stronger economy for everyone — not just those at the top.”

Unlike other candidates, Van Ostern isn’t self-funding his campaign. Instead, he’s relying upon his broad grassroots support with 71 percent of contributions being $100 or less and 73 percent of total contributions coming from Granite Staters. Van Ostern has more than a half million dollars cash-on-hand.

With a full majority of New Hampshire Democratic state lawmakers, the backing of some of the state’s largest progressive organizations, and thousands of grassroots activists, Van Ostern has the support and resources he’ll need to win in November.

Recently, Van Ostern was the first candidate to voluntarily commit to disclosing his campaign finances in June, instead of August, citing the need for transparency in the lead-up to the September primary. After initially resisting, some other candidates agreed to the new timeline.

ICYMI: Mark Connolly Gets State Senator Endorsement And Other News Coverage

CONCORD – The Mark Connolly for Governor campaign continues to pick up momentum, capping off this week with endorsements by State Senator Andrew Hosmer, State Representative Dan Sullivan, Former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Joe Grandmaison, and New Hampshire Women’s Foundation Chair Mary Jo Brown. For a recap of Mark’s week in the news and on the campaign trail, see below.

In the News

NH1 News Network (3/13): Newsmakers interview with Mark Connolly

Mark joined Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Landrigan on Sunday for a policy-focused conversation that covered Mark’s views on financial regulation, the state Medicaid expansion, and gaming. “I feel very comfortable where we’re at. We’re getting a lot of good energy, and we’ll see that increasing in the next weeks and months,” Mark told viewers. “We need non-ideological leadership, and that’s the perspective I’ll bring.”

Portsmouth Herald (3/14): Connolly draws council support in governor’s race

“More than half the members of the City Council have publicly endorsed Mark Connolly, a New Castle resident and former Securities Bureau chief, as their choice for governor of New Hampshire. Five of the nine-member City Council—Chris Dwyer, Jim Splaine, Eric Spear, Nancy Pearson, and Josh Denton—have voiced support for the Democratic candidate during the past two weeks.”

WKXL (3/18): Mark on New Hampshire Now

Chris Ryan interviewed Mark this morning about financial regulation, his 2011 book Cover-Up, and his experiences as New Hampshire’s Director of Securities Regulation. “I fundamentally believe that someone who has served as a lobbyist [like State Senator Jerry Little, recently nominated for Commissioner of the New Hampshire Banking Department]…should not be appointed to regulate that same industry. I think it’s the wrong way to go, at federal or state level,” Mark explained. “People want a distinct line between who’s a lobbyist and who’s a policymaker.”

New Supporters

WMUR (3/16): State Senator Andrew Hosmer endorses fellow Democrat Mark Connolly

Democrat Mark Connolly of New Castle will be endorsed in his run for New Hampshire’s open governor’s seat on Thursday by state Sen. Andrew Hosmer of Laconia, WMUR.com has learned. Hosmer, a second-term senator and member of the Senate Finance Committee, is the third state senator to back Connolly, a New Castle investment specialist, former state director of securities regulation and a first-time candidate for statewide office. In an interview Wednesday, Hosmer called Connolly “a person of integrity with an impressive resume.”

WMUR (3/17): New Hampshire Primary Source: NH governor’s race may get more crowded

“Democrat Connolly picked up the endorsement of Manchester state Rep. Dan Sullivan on Wednesday. Connolly has been making the rounds to various Democratic committee meetings, and, in a campaign memo sent to supporters on Wednesday, campaign manager Colin Pio laid out what he called ‘incredible progress’ the New Castle man has made since he announced his candidacy in November…The memo noted Connolly’s impressive endorsement list, headed by state Sens. Lou D’Allesandro of Manchester and David Pierce of Lebanon and former U.S. Attorney John Kacavas.”

Facebook (3/15): New Hampshire Women’s Foundation Chair Mary Jo Brown is supporting Mark

“Mary Jo Brown is an extraordinary business and community leader in our state. Mary Jo’s impact on New Hampshire is seen daily as Chair of the Board at the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation and as a successful small business owner. I am proud of her support of our campaign,” wrote Mark.

Facebook (3/18): Joe Grandmaison becomes the third former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair endorsing Mark

Joe Grandmaison has been a leader in our party and in our state for years. He has played a key role in the progress we have made together and I am excited he is supporting our efforts!”

New Hampshire Democratic Party Launches “Sununu’s GOP” Accountability Campaign

CONCORD – Today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party is launching “Sununu’s GOP”, a campaign to hold Chris Sununu accountable for the out of touch candidates and policies he supports –  as Republican candidates for president continue to tout their anti-women, anti-middle class, and anti-LGBT policies across the Granite State.

Over the next few weeks, Democrats plan to highlight with events, advertising, and social media “Sununu’s GOP” – drawing attention to the outrageous policies spouted by national Republicans that Chris Sununu endorses.

Holly Shulman, former New Hampshire Democratic Party and Obama 2012 New Hampshire communications director will lead this effort that will reach beyond the Primary and lay the groundwork for the 2016 campaign against Chris Sununu.

”From John Kasich’s anti-jobs policy to shut the Portsmouth shipyard, to Rubio’s opposition to abortion without exception, to all of the GOP candidates’ calls to defund Planned Parenthood, to Trump’s insults of women and immigrants, to everyone from Ted Cruz to Mike Huckabee supporting local government officials who deny LGBT couples the right to marry, Chris Sununu is standing by these policies that are out of touch and out of date with Granite Staters,“ said Holly Shulman, New Hampshire Democratic Party spokeswoman.

“Once the Republican Primary is over, Chris Sununu will still be here – and Granite Staters won’t have forgotten his support for the policies and candidates that would rip up the progress we have made. And whoever emerges from the Republican presidential primary will be Chris Sununu’s pick for president.“ 

“This is Chris Sununu’s GOP – and Elephants and Independents won’t forget.”

Mark Connolly Announces Campaign For NH Governor

Cites Vision of New Hampshire as Center of Education, Innovation, and Job Creation 

Mark ConnollyMANCHESTER, NH – Today, business owner and former Deputy Secretary of State Mark Connolly announced his campaign for Governor of New Hampshire with events in Hanover, Manchester, and New Castle. A Democrat and a Seacoast business owner with three decades of experience in the public and private sectors, Connolly laid out his vision for New Hampshire’s future, which centers on his plans for education, innovation, and job creation.

“We’re facing critical decisions about our state’s future, and we need a pragmatic, progressive, and independent leader to help build on the progress achieved by Governors Lynch and Hassan,” said Connolly. “That’s why I’m running for Governor of New Hampshire.”

“I believe we’re at our best when we put aside our differences, come together, and turn difficult challenges into exciting opportunities. My vision for this state is clear: we must provide our kids with a world-class education, foster a culture of innovation to re-position our state as a 21st-century economic and business leader and create quality jobs that ensure the next generation of Granite Staters can build careers and raise families of their own right here in New Hampshire.”

“Throughout constant transformations and reinventions, we’ve never lost hold of the fundamental values that we hold dear in the Granite State—freedom, liberty, and the promise that, if you work hard and play by the rules, you’ll be given the opportunity to succeed.” 

“I’m running for Governor because I believe in the promise of New Hampshire, and I hope you’ll join me in seeing it through.” 

A number of prominent Granite Staters joined Connolly at events in Manchester and New Castle to offer their support and praise his vision for guiding New Hampshire into the 21st century economy.

Longtime State Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) said, “I’ve known Mark Connolly since he was a young man growing up in Bedford, and there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll make an excellent Governor.  Mark has spent his career fighting for the people. He’s tough, he’s smart, and he knows how to get the job done. The people of New Hampshire will have a great champion with Mark Connolly in the Governor’s office.” 

Ben Kelley, a Concord entrepreneur and business leader, praised Connolly’s ability to bring the public and private sectors together to spur economic growth: “I support Mark Connolly for Governor of New Hampshire because I know he’s the kind of leader our state needs to spark our innovation economy—someone who knows how to bring people together to create jobs, jump-start key initiatives like passenger rail, and bring more growing businesses to our state. As a public servant and a businessman, Mark has always fought to stand up for the people of New Hampshire, and I know he’ll do the same as Governor.”

Mary Rauh, former Chair of the New Hampshire Women’s Fund and Co-Chair of President Barack Obama’s New Hampshire campaign said, “I support Mark Connolly first and foremost because I trust him to fight hard for the issues that matter most to New Hampshire women and families. Mark will be a leader in fighting for equal pay, protecting a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, and ensuring every family in our state has the opportunity to succeed. When women and families succeed, everyone benefits—and that’s something I know Mark will make a top priority.” 

Maxine Morse, a beloved philanthropist, advocate for mental health and education, and close ally of former Governor John Lynch, said, “Mark Connolly has the experience, the track record, and the passion for public service we need in our next Governor. Like John Lynch, Mark understands how to lead our state and to ensure that government serves the people. With decades of experience in both public service and the private sector, Mark is the candidate who can truly deliver on his promise to build a better future for the Granite State.”

Mark Connolly is a New Hampshire native and a former State Representative who has served for over 30 years as a business and community leader. From 2002–2010, he served as New Hampshire’s top financial watchdog. Mark currently resides in New Castle.

Over 500 Community Leader Announce Support For Colin Van Ostern For Governor

MANCHESTER, NH — Less than a week after Colin Van Ostern announced he is running for Governor in 2016 to help build a brighter future and stronger economy for the people of New Hampshire, more than 500 grassroots supporters in nearly 100 towns across the state have already reached out to join his campaign as supporters.

“Across New Hampshire, hundreds of community leaders and volunteers are excited to work together to build an even brighter future and stronger economy for the people of our state, and I’m proud and grateful for this extraordinary support,” said Colin Van Ostern. “This will be a grassroots powered campaign from Day One, and as Governor I will always focus on doing what’s right for the people of New Hampshire and the future we will build together.”


  • U.S. Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster
  • More than 30 New Hampshire state representatives
  • Seven current and former state senators representing districts spanning from Maine to Vermont – and ranging in age from 36 to 95 years old.
  • Two great former chairs of the New Hampshire Democratic Party – Kathy Sullivan & New Helms — and one former house Democratic leader, Peter Burling.
  • Business and labor leaders from the southern tier to the North Country. 
  • Numerous educators; many longtime advocates for women’s health; environmental leaders; and respected nonprofit leaders like Lew Feldstein
  • Community leaders and activists who have helped elect great New Hampshire Governors like John Lynch, Maggie Hassan, and Jeanne Shaheen.

VIEW THE FULL LIST AT: http://vanostern.com/wp-content/uploads/CVO500.pdf

Colin Van Ostern is a New Hampshire business leader, education innovator, dad, and Executive Councilor running for Governor in 2016.  He lives in Concord with his wife Kristyn and two sons.

NH’s Midterm Primaries Are Tomorrow, Do You “Know Your Candidates?”

Editor’s Note: This years elections are very important and there is a lot of competition for spots on the party tickets.  It is very important to get a full picture of who is running. Susan Bruce originally wrote this editorial for the Conway Sun Times, and she has granted us permission to republish it here. If you like this post, you can also follow Susan on here own blog “SUSAN THE BRUCE,” which is very straight forward and edgy.   

Most of all, do not forget to Vote tomorrow!



Know Your Candidates

By Susan Bruce.

The midterm primary elections are coming up on September 9. In a state where most of the media skews to the right, getting an accurate picture of candidates can be challenging. One must go beyond the conventional (newspaper and TV) sources and dig a little deeper. Candidate research is crucial in order to avoid electing people who will be a huge embarrassment right out of the gate. With a 400 member House, there will be others who will require more time to maximize their embarrassment potential.

The highest profile primary contest is for the GOP nominee for US Senate. The winner will go on to face popular Senator Jeanne Shaheen in November. The three top candidates are Scott Brown, Jim Rubens, and Bob Smith. Brown and Smith are both former US Senators, Smith from NH and Brown from MA. Brown’s campaign has been strange. In Colebrook he knocked on the doors of supporters and called that “campaigning.” In N. Conway he ran away from a reporter and hid in the bathroom. Days ago on the radio in Massachusetts, he urged folks to come to NH and use our same day registration policy to vote for him. He has a lot of money, the party establishment has lined up behind him, and he looks pretty. Will that carry the day?

Rubens is a Dartmouth grad who has made a boatload of money. He once had a public blog called oversuccess.com. When some of the content from that blog went public, the blog went private. No longer can we peons read about the perils of being wealthy: “I have bathed in camera light during press conferences, political opponents skulking in the rear of ballrooms, forced to tolerate my applause lines, sycophants and well-wishers beaming and waiting in line to shake my hand or offer their help.” Rubens also ran afoul on that same blog by suggesting that the increasing number of women in the workplace has resulted in mass shootings. The implication being, of course, that those women are taking men’s jobs away from them. Rubens signed on to the campaign finance reform bandwagon and won the support of Lawrence Lessig and his MayDay PAC. He’s also jumped on the libertea bandwagon, and has attempted to be photographed in every gun store in NH.

Former Senator Bob Smith lost his bad toupee in Florida. He may have updated his hair, but not his ideology. Smith is working overtime to appeal to the farthest right fringe, but they seem more interested in Rubens. He’s unlikely to do well in the primary.

In the GOP primary for governor, the contest comes down to Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway. Havenstein was the CEO at BAE Systems. BAE is a defense contractor. Walt boasts about the jobs he created there. He may have hired people, but those jobs were actually created by US taxpayers. The obscene US military spending is made possible by folks like you and me. Without the public teat to suckle from, Walt wouldn’t have been hiring.

Havenstein also entered the race with some confusion about his residency. He claimed that he’s always lived in NH, but he signed a homestead deduction in Maryland that stipulated he lived there in order to save a few thousand a year. The NH ballot commission ruled that he is a NH resident, and Maryland sent him a bill for the tax money he defrauded them for. He’s “considering” whether or not to pay it, a luxury not available to the rest of us.

Andrew Hemingway is the darling of the libertea crowd. A look at his website reveals he’s promoting the same old “solutions” that have been failing NH for decades. Neither Havenstein nor Hemingway mentions the word “infrastructure” on their campaign websites.

In Congressional District 1, the race comes down to former Congressman Frank Guinta and former Dean of the former Whittemore School of Business at UNH, now renamed the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

Frank Guinta slid into Congress during the red tide of 2010. He stayed for one term. Guinta “found” a bank account that provided his campaign with a $350,000 infusion of cash in 2010. That “find” didn’t match up with his income. The FEC investigation appears to be moving at the speed of the tectonic plates. Frank also distinguished himself by campaigning loudly about Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter’s alleged abuses of the Congressional franking system. In 2011, he spent more on franked mail than any other Congressperson. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) rated him one of the most corrupt legislators.

Dan Innis became the Dean of the business school at UNH in 2007. In 2008, the business school received a big wad of cash ($25 million) from alumnus Peter T. Paul. The school built what his now known as the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. Peter T. Paul amassed a fortune selling subprime mortgages, and later devising ways to package and sell mortgage debt to investors – a practice that has been cited as a key factor in the economic meltdown of 2008. In 2013, Innis stepped down from his position as Dean to explore a run for Congress. In 2014, Peter T. Paul created a Super Pac to help his friend Dan Innis beat Guinta in the primary. If Innis gets to Washington what kind of regulatory oversight will he be providing? Will he protect voters or his benefactor?

This is why it’s important to know the candidates. Do they already have a record of corruption? Where do their loyalties lie? Are they bought and paid for?

On the local level, we’ll also be electing House and Senate candidates, and various county positions. Last biennium, the House and Senate were both filled with rabid ideologues and obstructionists who did their best to subvert the process. Anyone who tells you that cutting taxes and eliminating regulations is the key to job growth in NH is lying. NH has failed for decades to invest in our state and the results of that failure are now hobbling our economy. The GOP inability to be honest about that is a shameful and deliberate failure.

In order for the NH legislature to accomplish anything, there has to be some bipartisan cooperation and compromise. Electing people who claim government is bad and broken leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s up to voters to decide whether they want to elect serious people who are interested in working to fix some of NH’s very real problems, or if they want bellicose obstructionists trumpeting the usual slogans.
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This was written as my regular column in the Conway Daily Sun newspaper, in NH’s First Congressional District, which is why I didn’t include the CD 2 race.

I’ve been encouraged to add in information about the GOP primary in CD 2, to determine who will run against Congresswoman Ann Kuster.

There are 3 Republicans in the race.

Marilinda Garcia is a former state representative. She was one of former Speaker Bill O’Brien’s acolytes. She’s also distinguished herself by being heavily funded by the Koch brothers. A young attractive woman with a Latino surname who espouses the beliefs of the far right libertea fringe doesn’t come along every day for the GOP. She wants to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the same GOP plan that has failed us all for decades – the marketplace! She mentions Bowles Simpson which is a coy way of saying she wants to privatize Social Security. She wants to cut gummint spending.

Garcia’s inexperience showed at the debate last week when she refused to shake opponent Gary Lambert’s hand, because he “lied about her positions.” Time to toughen up Buttercup. This isn’t the 400 member NH House, this is hardball.

She’s also made the classic rookie mistake of airing all this on her campaign blog. Repeating what he’s said in his ads is giving him double the advertisement space. Former Rep. Garcia is not ready for prime time.

Gary Lambert wants to force women to serve as involuntary incubators, secure our borders, repeal Obama care, and give us MOAR GUNZ! He has a Wake Up Washington Pledge on his campaign website, full of promises of term limits and not taking a pension or a pay raise! Funny how these guys who claim to hate career politicians are desperate to become career politicians.

Jim Lawrence promises to Win Back NH for NH. He’s going to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the same old market “solutions.” He’s going to secure our border! He’s going to fix the IRS! He’s going to give us a strong foreign policy! He’s going to prevent NH from having wind turbines! He’s going to eliminate regulations and give everyone MOAR GUNZ!

Three far right fringe candidates with no new ideas. Welcome to today’s GOP.

© sbruce 2014

published as an op-ed in the Conway Daily Sun newspaper, Sept. 5, 2014

republished with permission

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Responds to Governor Hassan’s Executive Order for Spending Freeze

SEIU 1984 LogoA Statement from the SEIU Local 1984

Concord, NH, May 22, 2014 – Earlier today, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee unanimously approved Gov. Maggie Hassan’s plan to issue an Executive Order to immediately freeze state hiring, equipment purchases and out-of-state travel. This comes on the heels of last week’s disappointing news that April’s revenue came in at $22 million less than projected in the state budget.

Last week the Governor wrote in her request that “we should act prudently, responsibly, and expeditiously to continue to ensure a balanced budget.” The Governor’s response to the shortfall was sensible and necessary to deliver a balanced budget for the biennium.

We assert that it is not this governor or the state employees who are holding NH back from being the best it can be.

April revenue projections were approved by the Legislature, as is the entire budget. While we are disappointed the actual revenues fell short, we aren’t surprised, given the corporate tax breaks the O’Brien legislature implemented two years ago.

When you combine the tax code changes and more businesses applying for tax credits with the state’s recent bond outlook warning from Standard & Poor’s; the dispute over the Medicaid Enhancement Tax; and class action lawsuits still pending; it is apparent that longstanding and risky legislative behavior is undermining NH’s future, rather than strengthening it.

Since 2006, the budgets passed by the Legislature have eliminated 2,000 good full-time jobs from the state employee workforce. Currently, including vacancies – some of which are intentionally held vacant to meet budget mandated cuts – we are operating with a workforce 27 percent smaller than it was pre-recession.

The freeze Gov. Hassan is now forced to impose will only further delay and diminish the delivery of critical services and leave more citizens with unmet needs.  This will also leave state employees and the people relying on the services they provide in a constant state of uncertainty.  Such uncertainty is damaging to the state’s economy and future. We need strong budgets with well-developed and funded priorities to put a stop to all the uncertainty NH taxpayers and businesses are experiencing.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 stands ready to support and advocate for the employees who are once again being asked to serve and do more with less.

Does Havenstein Even Qualify For Candidacy In The NH GOV Race?

The NH Governor’s race just got a little more interesting, and more controversial.  Last week, multi-millionaire and former CEO of BAE Systems, Walt Havenstein, announced his candidacy for Governor.

“Our state is at a critical juncture, and I believe my experience, ideas, and leadership are what is needed to address the many challenges facing New Hampshire,” Havenstein told the Union Leader.

Havenstein has some major issues to deal with first.  After retiring from BAE, Havenstein moved to Maryland.  He still kept his house in Alton, but bought a multi-million dollar condo in Bethesda, Maryland where he has lived for the last few years.  Havenstein’s residency has created a firestorm of questions about his eligibility to run for office in New Hampshire.

The Nashua Telegraph explains, “The state constitution requires candidates for governor, state senate and Executive Council to live in the state for seven years before they run for the office.”

There is no doubt that Havenstein has owned property in New Hampshire for more than seven years, but did he “live” here?  The answer is resounding no.

After moving to Maryland, Havenstein filed for a homestead exemption on his million-dollar condo.  The tax exemption saved Havenstein thousands of dollars in Maryland property taxes.

Under Maryland law, “principal residence” has been defined to mean the “one dwelling where the homeowner regularly resides and is the location designated by the owner for the legal purposes of voting, obtaining a driver’s license, and filing income tax returns.”

A Maryland law was enacted in 2007 that requires all homeowners to submit an application stating that they meet the principal residence requirements, under penalty of perjury.  According to the Nashua Telegraph, “Havenstein said he didn’t recall signing that form.”

“Despite Walt Havenstein’s selective memory, in order to receive the tax breaks he received, Maryland law required Havenstein to certify that his Maryland home was his principal residence, including for voting, paying taxes, driver’s license and car registration,” said Julie McClain, NHDP Communications Director. “That certification and Maryland law clearly makes Havenstein ineligible to run for state office under New Hampshire’s Constitution. For him to state otherwise is to assert that he was committing tax fraud in Maryland, raising a whole other set of legal questions for Mr. Havenstein.”

So which is it? Is Havenstein eligible to run for NH Governor and committed tax fraud in Maryland, or is he ineligible to run because he is not a resident of New Hampshire?

Either way Mr. Havenstein is in deep trouble.  He could be facing legal problems for fraud and tax evasion in Maryland, but that is not the real problem.  How can anyone trust Mr. Havenstein as governor if he is willing to lie and cheat to run for office?  Every day that he continues to run for governor, his credibility continues to fall apart.

As former Senator Scott Brown is quickly learning, Granite Staters do not like people from other states telling them what to do.

[Fun fact: Scott Brown would be ineligible to run for NH Senate, Exec. Council, or Governor in NH due to residency requirements in NH Constitution, yet he can run for the representative from NH to the US Senate.]

We do not like these out-of-state carpetbaggers coming here and telling us, “We know how you feel, we are Granite Staters too.” No, you do not know how we feel! Just because you own a second home in New Hampshire does not make you a Granite Stater.  Did you have to shovel the 70+ inches of snow we in the Granite State got this winter? Mr. Havenstein, where were you last year when the winter thaw revealed our roads were falling apart?

Not here, that’s for sure!

How can anyone who does not truly live here begin to think that they know what real life is like in NH.  Mr. Havenstein, just go back to Maryland where you obviously live, and we will see you this summer with the rest of the tourists.


NH-GOP GOV Candidate Walt Havenstein Has Major Eligibility Issues

Walt Havenstein Between a Rock and a Hard Place with Ballot Eligibility Questions

Candidate Pushed by Washington Republicans Either Ineligible to Run in NH or Committed Tax Fraud in MD 

walt havensteinConcord, NH–Yesterday, a front-page Nashua Telegraph expose outlined how potential NHGOP gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein took Maryland property tax breaks that required his principal residence to be in that state, raising a host of questions and putting his potential candidacy in doubt. But this much is clear: Havenstein either is ineligible to run in New Hampshire or he committed tax fraud in Maryland.

New Hampshire’s Constitution requires candidates for Governor to “have been an inhabitant of this state for 7 years next preceding.” The Telegraph uncovered that Havenstein “saved $5,354 from 2008-11 by getting a homestead exemption from local property taxes in Bethesda, Md. He also paid a lower state property transfer tax while buying the property in that state. To get both, Havenstein had to acknowledge that his $1 million condominium was his ‘principal residence.’”

Under Maryland law, ”Principal residence” has been defined to mean the “one dwelling where the homeowner regularly resides and is the location designated by the owner for the legal purposes of voting, obtaining a driver’s license, and filing income tax returns.”

A Maryland law was enacted in 2007 that requires all homeowners to submit an application stating that they meet the principal residence requirements, under penalty of perjury. According to the Telegraph, “Havenstein said he didn’t recall signing that form.”

“Despite Walt Havenstein’s selective memory, in order to receive the tax breaks he received, Maryland law required Havenstein to certify that his Maryland home was his principal residence, including for voting, paying taxes, driver’s license and car registration,” said Julie McClain, NHDP Communications Director. “That certification and Maryland law clearly makes Havenstein ineligible to run for state office under New Hampshire’s Constitution. For him to state otherwise is to assert that he was committing tax fraud in Maryland, raising a whole other set of legal questions for Mr. Havenstein.”

Havenstein admitted to the Telegraph that he did in fact register a car in Maryland, but continued to vote in New Hampshire, despite the requirement under his homestead property tax credit that he vote in Maryland. Havenstein did not indicate where he filed his income taxes.

McClain continued, “The questions surrounding Walt Havenstein’s actions are quite serious and could suggest misconduct. Why did Havenstein think it was acceptable to vote in New Hampshire when he was claiming his residence for voting purposes in another state? Does he realize that by continuing to vote in New Hampshire, he was likely committing tax fraud in Maryland? Was he also using New Hampshire as an income tax shelter, or did he file his taxes in Maryland as required? If Havenstein – the handpicked candidate of Washington Republicans – were to run for governor, he would have an extremely difficult time explaining his actions to the Ballot Law Commission and Maryland authorities, not to mention Granite State voters.”

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