Smith, the former head of the conservative advocacy group Cornerstone, said he wants to foster a better business environment in New Hampshire so more residents can work in the state instead of commuting to places like Massachusetts.
“I aim to be (Mass. Gov.) Deval Patrick’s worst nightmare,” Smith told a crowd of about 500 energized Republicans gathered at a downtown Manchester hotel.
It’s a remarkable display of hubris from a man who has just spent years fighting marriage equality – that he thinks HE is qualified to tackle NH’s economic and business issues.
Smith thinks that getting right to work passed is the answer to NH’s business woes. Ovide thinks it’s saving money, and will mandate department heads to come up with “zero based budgets.”
A reminder of the need for RTW legislation, as provided by NH Labor Commissioner:
Copadis said he had held meetings with 2,000 New Hampshire businesses over the six years he has been commissioner and the issue of right-to-work legislation never came up.
Neither GOP candidate mentioned the fact that NH has the 11th worst infrastructure in the nation, and how that might impact businesses in NH. One can only assume that under either of them, NH will continue to move up that list.
In light of yesterday’s diary about the doubling of tuition costs at Keene State, this was perhaps the most astounding part of the story:
The pair did agree on one thing – battling what they said was a Democratic view that Republicans don’t care about the poor and disadvantaged.
“We do care,” Smith said.
Lamontagne agreed. He spoke about his love for his disabled foster son, James.
Oh, look: Ovide cares about one kid with disabilities.
Boy that really turns things around, doesn’t it?