October 3, 2016

Hassan Draws Clinton Comparisons With Email Lie

Governor Maggie Hassan’s failed record was once again a major topic during the second New Hampshire Senate debate. Hassan’s past inability to state whether she found Hillary Clinton to be honest and trustworthy was another difficult topic for the Democratic challenger.

Throughout the race, Hassan’s foreign policy inexperience has been a significant liability. Hassan’s flip-flop on the settlement of Syrian refugees in New Hampshire proved to be a tough question for the governor to handle. When asked if she could state that the Syrian refugees in the Granite State posed no danger, Hassan could only dodge:

Hassan’s cringeworthy history with the Clinton trust question was once again a topic of discussion. She was pressed on that history during the debate, and forced to say once again that she found Clinton to be honest and trustworthy:

During the Senate campaign, Hassan has benefited greatly from dark money TV ads. In contrast with Senator Ayotte, Hassan has refused to denounce such ads:

In a remarkable parallel with Hillary Clinton, Hassan was pressed on the use of a private email for official business during the debate:

Yet according to the Concord Monitor, like Clinton, Hassan lied and claimed that she never conducted official business over her private email. In fact, she has used her private email for public business on multiple occasions:

“During the month of February, Hassan did use her personal email account on two occasions to conduct official state business, said Legal Counsel Mary Ann Dempsey, who reviewed Hassan’s personal account in response to the Monitor’s right-to-know request. Hassan ‘inadvertently communicated about governmental business to staff on her personal account,’ she said. About what exactly? It’s unclear. ‘Those documents constitute attorney-client privilege, drafts, notes, and/or deliberative processes under the Executive Privilege and are therefore exempt from disclosure,’ Dempsey wrote in a memo.”

With Hillary Clinton’s unfavorable ratings continuing to fall, Hassan’s many ties to her Democratic presidential nominee will no doubt continue to hamper her Senate chances.