CONCORD — State Democrats launched a counterattack on state Republican Chairman Jennifer Horn Friday, bringing up for the first time in months that she owes more than $90,000 on her personal income taxes for 2008 and 2009 while she attacks Gov. Maggie Hassan’s ethics.
State party chairman Raymond Buckley also outlined several issues that plagued Horn when she ran for the U.S. House in 2008 and 2010.
They also took a shot at Grant Bosse, a one-time congressional primary opponent of Horn who holds a state job as staff director of the state Senate Majority Caucus and is a part-time policy adviser to congressional candidate Dan Innis.
Horn has been questioning Gov. Maggie Hassan’s ethics regarding campaign contributions and for having a television ad for her reelection campaign partially shot at the State House.
“The feigned ethical outrage from the New Hampshire Republican Party and its Chair Jennifer Horn, who owes $92,184.67 in unpaid taxes from 2008-2009, flies in the face of Horn’s years of campaign finance violations and hypocrisy, as fellow Republican Grant Bosse has pointed out at length,” the NHDP said Friday afternoon.
“Not to mention that Bosse’s righteous indignation is nearly as laughable as Horn’s, as he now does political consulting for candidate Dan Innis while also working in a government job as the Senate Majority Caucus Director.”
Bosse declined comment.
Buckley cited the appearance by the head of a conservative non-profit at a Horn fundraiser when she ran for Congress in 2008. Horn at the time said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies was appearance was as an individual and not for the foundation.
“Nobody could possibly take Jennifer Horn or any member of the New Hampshire Republican Party seriously when it comes to their manufactured ethical outrage,” said NHDP chair Raymond Buckley. “Between not paying her taxes and her questionable campaign finance actions, Horn’s credibility on ethical questions is even worse than her record of winning elections.”
The party said that after Horn called on 2008 primary opponent Bob Clegg to return contributions from state lobbyists, it was revealed that she had accepted a larger amount of money from a New York lobbyist and his wife.
The party noted that Horn criticized Clegg for loaning his campaign $250,000 when she loaned her own campaign $175,000.
“The voters of New Hampshire will see right through the New Hampshire Republican Party’s desperate attempt to change the subject from the fact that their candidates, like failed CEO Walt Havenstein and conservative activist Andrew Hemingway, would implement the same failed Bill O’Brien/Koch Brothers agenda that would hurt our middle class and take our state backwards,” said Buckley.