To The Daily Sun,
Two hallmarks of a leader are being able to prioritize requirements, and anticipate the consequences of one's actions. Gov. Hassan recently provided us with a great example of bad leadership. By failing to prioritize and anticipate consequences, she applied for a $5.7 million federal grant made available to promote Obamacare in New Hampshire. Setting aside the fact that she intentionally chose to bypass/ignore the legislature (there are questions being asked whether she operated illegally in doing so) in this case, she received the money on behalf of the state and then used it for a completely different purpose.
Gov. Hassan spent this grant money on advertising for our state's Medicaid program. The all-too-predictable result: 11,000 Granite Staters saw the ads for free services and signed up. Sadly, the Hassan administration didn't anticipate this cost increase and didn't have a plan for the impact on our state budget. Boom! Instant hole blown in the budget, $37 million deep.
Conservatives in our state saw this coming and warned against it. Gov. Hassan did it anyway. We deserve a better governor. One who has proven he can prioritize and anticipate consequences. One who will follow the law. One who will allocate our money wisely and understands that federal dollars always come with strings attached.
I'm supporting Andrew Hemingway for governor.