CONCORD — The New Hampshire Democratic Party is renewing its criticism of candidate for governor Walt Havenstein after the Republican refused to submit additional documents sought by the Democrats in the upcoming hearing on whether Havenstein has been an inhabitant of New Hampshire for seven years and is eligible to run for governor.
Monday, the NHDP filed a petition challenging Havenstein’s claim that he has been a New Hampshire resident for at least seven years and asked the Ballot Law Commission to delay its scheduled June 30 hearing to give Havenstein time to submit the additional documents. The BLC refused to a delay and will hold the hearing on June 30.
But Havenstein’s campaign said it would not submit the additional documents, called it “political gamesmanship,” and said, through spokesman Henry Goodwin, “Walt has gone beyond reasonable expectations by submitting more documentation than is necessary to prove his domicile.”
Tuesday, the Democratic Party said the “missing documents” in Havenstein’s original filing with the BLC include “tax return details and documents related to his Maryland driver’s License, mortgage, relocation contract, and other attributes of citizenship and residency in Maryland such as hunting, fishing and firearms licenses that would further establish he considered Maryland his principal place of residence.”
“Havenstein’s latest refusal to produce documents begs the question, if he’s so confident that he’s eligible to run for governor, why is he still hiding crucial documents relevant to the case? The fact remains that Havenstein wasn’t a New Hampshire resident or he was misleading Maryland on his taxes, and either way, he’s wrong for our state,” said NHDP chairman Raymond Buckley.
“At the same time Havenstein is now claiming he was a “New Hampshire resident,” he was taking tax breaks that are only eligible for Maryland residents,” the party said.
“Walt Havenstein was claiming tax breaks only available to Maryland residents at the same time he stopped filing interest-and-dividends taxes in New Hampshire,” in 2010 and 2011, said Buckley. “We have already presented significant evidence — including statements that Walter Havenstein signed under oath — that Walter Havenstein was a resident of Maryland. We believe the Ballot Law Commission should be able to review all relevant evidence, including non-blacked out tax returns that would shed light on his tax issues.”
“But this isn’t just about his tax returns. Havenstein has also failed to produce numerous other documents related to his Maryland Driver’s License, mortgage, relocation contract and potential hunting, fishing and firearms licenses that could further prove he considered Maryland his principal place of residence,” Buckley said.
See our earlier report here.