Concord, NH - NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek released the following statement regarding Mayor Joyce Craig's decision to break a tie on the Board of Alderman preventing an investigation into fellow Democrat Alderman Dan O'Neil:
“It is outrageous that Mayor Joyce Craig would use her tie-breaking vote on the Manchester Board of Alderman to vote against a transparent investigation into a potentially huge conflict of interest,” said NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek. “There are real questions about the integrity of the Board of Alderman and the decisions that are being made, and instead of using her vote to shed light on potential conflicts of interest Mayor Craig decided to engage in a cover-up. The City of Manchester deserves a thorough and complete investigation into Alderman O’Neil’s business dealings and Mayor Craig should be ashamed of herself for obstructing such an inquiry.”
Concord, NH - NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek released the following statement regarding Governor Chris Sununu's nomination of Attorney John Formella to serve as New Hampshire's next Attorney General:
“Governor Chris Sununu has made a phenomenal choice to be our State’s next Attorney General," said NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek. "Attorney John Formella has already served our state dutifully as Governor Sununu’s legal counsel since 2017, and his experience in private practice before his Government service make him an exceptional pick. Attorney Formella will lead the New Hampshire Department of Justice forward, build on the successes of Chief Justice MacDonald, and ensure New Hampshire’s laws are enforced fairly, effectively, and efficiently. Granite Staters of all stripes should support Attorney Formella’s nomination, and I look forward to seeing the Executive Council take up his nomination later this month.”
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee recapped the terrible week that New Hampshire Democrats experienced on multiple fronts:
Monday, February 8th - Michael Coutu, father of fallen U.S. Hero 2nd Lt. Matthew Coutu, penned an Op-Ed in the New Hampshire Union Leader calling out Senator Maggie Hassan for supporting Democrat special election nominee, Kneeling Wendy Thomas. Wendy Thomas, a former State Representative who previously voted for an Income Tax, endorsed Socialist Emmett Soldati to be Chairman of the New Hampshire Democrat Party. Despite numerous GOP efforts to frame the message around Wendy Thomas' candidacy in the upcoming Special Election, the New Hampshire Democrat Party has not rushed to her defense.
Additionally on Monday, citing the help provided to New Hampshire Republican efforts that led to Republicans regaining the New Hampshire House, Senate, and Executive Council while overwhelmingly reelecting Governor Chris Sununu in 2020, NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek endorsed Democrat Chairman Ray Buckley over his socialist challenger Emmett Soldati.
Tuesday, February 9th - New Hampshire First District Congressman Chris Pappas is called out in national news regarding his hypocritical support for a job-killing $15 an hour minimum wage despite not implementing such a minimum wage at his own restaurant.
Wednesday, February 10th - Chairman Stephen Stepanek called for the resignation of Democrat State Representative Caroletta Alicea (D-Boscawen) after New Hampshire Patch publicized a damning story in which she and her family personally benefited from gross misuse of Federal Charter School grants. Rep. Alicea served as the Acting Chair of Capital City Charter School, where here daughter served as Head of School, in which more than $150,000 of questionable disbursements were made according to auditors.
Wednesday was also a terrible polling day for New Hampshire Democrats. In a new poll released by Saint Anselm's polling department, Democrat U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan saw horrible numbers for her reelection bid. Only 39% of Granite Staters polled are willing to vote for Senator Hassan in 2022 while 47% of Granite State voters are planning to vote for someone else. Additional note that makes this poll even more terrible for New Hampshire Democrats: Republican Governor Chris Sununu remains as the most popular elected official in the Granite State, with a staggering 72% approval rating from all segments of Granite Staters, including support from 74% of New Hampshire undeclared voters.
Thursday, February 11th - The New Hampshire State Senate passed Right-to-Work legislation, moving a measure that expands worker freedom and opportunity and diminishes the power of union bosses while strengthening the power of the individual worker. This is a huge win for our state's economy, and every single Senate Democrat opposed it's passage. Right-to-Work states across the country have seen economic growth and have lowered their states' unemployment rates after passage.
Following the Senate's morning session, Governor Chris Sununu unveiled his fiscally responsible budget that lives within our means and expands the New Hampshire Advantage. The proposed budget includes no new or increased taxes, no new or increased fees, and includes more Republican-led tax relief. The 5 year phase out of the Interests & Dividends Tax is welcome news for seniors and coupled with the reductions in small business taxes and the Rooms & Meals tax will continue the trend of New Hampshire having the fastest growing economy in the Northeast. This fiscally responsible budget is only possible due to Governor Chris Sununu’s skillful management of our state during the COVID-19 pandemic and Republicans are leading New Hampshire forward by making the right decisions for the future of the Granite State.