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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Contact: Nate Lamb
Phone: (603) 623-0220 

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MANCHESTER, NH - - Mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ted Gatsas today responded to unaccomplished Concord politician Chris Sununu smearing the city of Manchester in a new campaign TV ad:

“As Mayor, I have cut taxes, vetoed tax-cap busting budgets and eliminated waste and inefficiency. I am proud of Manchester and I'm grateful for the collaborative efforts of countless non-profit, business and social services leaders and organizations who are working together to improve our community daily, along with valiant efforts of our police force that have reduced violent crimes in the city by 22 percent over the past year. I am also proud of our successful Safe Station program that has significantly reduced overdoses in our city.

"All of the brave men and women in Manchester and throughout our state who are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic deserve our appreciation and our continued support. They deserve better than to have their efforts denigrated by a lightweight Concord politician like Chris Sununu who talks a good game but hasn’t even bothered to meet with Manchester police officers, firefighters and our EMS community or done anything else to lead in addressing this challenge.

“Councilor Sununu is desperately flailing in the final weeks of this campaign because he can’t defend his liberal record. The facts are clear – Councilor Sununu supports taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, voted for contracts that tie New Hampshire schools to Common Core standards and he said there was a strong case for gas tax increase.  I am the only Republican candidate who has the skills, the executive experience and the fiscally conservative values needed to win in November.”


Background Information On Councilor Sununu’s Liberal Record:
Sununu Voted To Renew Student Testing Contract That Measures Achievement Within Common Core Standard: In March 2016, Sununu Voted To Renew A $603,000 Statewide Student Testing Contract That Assesses Achievement Within The Federal Common Core Standard. (“Executive Council OKs Funds To Fight Opioid Epidemic,” New Hampshire Union Leader, 3/24/16)

Sununu Voted To Confirm Governor Hassan’s Reappointment Of Virginia Barry As Education Commissioner; Barry Is Defender Of Common Core Standards: Barry Has Opposed Legislative Efforts To Halt Implementation Of Common Core And Called Opponents Of The Standards “Misinformed.” “Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry came ready for a fight at a legislative hearing Thursday, calling opponents of Common Core ‘misinformed.’ She accused them of attempting to deny local control to school districts that have been putting the standards in place for the past four years. ‘Asking for laws that prevent implementation flies in the face of local control,’ she said. (“Common Core Debate Fires Up Crowd,” The Union Leader, 2/6/14) 

Sununu Backed Nominations Of Pro-Common Core Board Of Education Members Reappointed By Governor Hassan: In February 2016, Sununu Voted To Confirm Two Of Governor Hassan’s Three Reappointments To The State Board Of Education.Sununu voted to confirm the reappointments of Lucinda Chagnon and Helen Honorow for terms ending in 2020. (Governor And Executive CouncilMinutes, Concord, NH, 2/10/16) 

Honorow Has Defended Common Core Standards As “Well-Researched” And “Developed By The States.” ‘The Common Core has been well-researched,’ said Helen Honorow, a state Department of Education employee. ‘It was not developed by the feds; the Common Core was developed by states.’” (“Nashua School Board Turns Down Measure Fighting Common Core,” The Telegraph, 11/20/13)

In June, 2016, Sununu Flip-Flopped his position and voted to restore tax payer funding for Planned Parenthood. In 2011, Sununu Proposed Study Of Gas Tax Increase As Way To Raise $365 Million For I- 93 Expansion Project: Sununu Floated The Idea Of Studying A 5-Cent Gas Tax Increase; “There Is A Very, Very Strong Case For Doing It...” “The Interstate 93 widening project, in need of an additional $365 million in funding, could be halted in a few years if Congress approves threatened budget cuts and the state can't fill the financial shortfall, new Transportation Commissioner Christopher Clement said. ... Executive Councilor Christopher Sununu, of District 3, suggested state leaders study the idea of hiking the state gas tax by a nickel to help pay for the $800 million project. ‘There is a very strong case for doing it and something we, the Legislature, the House, the Senate, the Council, the governor have to very seriously consider whether that's the right option,’ said Sununu.” (“‘Paved With Gold,’ But Low On Cash,” The Union Leader, 12/18/11)

The Proposed Tax Increase Was Projected To Raise $365 Million Over A Ten-Year Period. “Each penny hike in the state gas tax, currently at 18 cents, would net the state $7.3 million a year. A nickel hike would raise $36.5 million a year - or $365 million over 10 years, according to Patrick McKenna, director of finance for the state Department of Transportation.” (“‘Paved With Gold,’ But Low On Cash,” The Union Leader, 12/18/11)


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