CONCORD – Gov. John Lynch officially endorsed Maggie Hassan in a ceremony Tuesday afternoon in the packed lobby of the Concord City Auditorium.
After an introduction from Sen. Sylvia Larsen, Lynch – the most-popular governor in New Hampshire’s history – said he’d worked with Hassan for many years, and that she would continue the work that he has done.
“If we want to continue what we started eight years ago – bipartisan leadership that is making progress on the issues that matter most to our people – we need to elect Maggie Hassan as the next governor of the state of New Hampshire.”
After thanking Lynch and crediting him for his work, Hassan drew a sharp contrast between continuing the positive direction of Lynch, and what her opponent, Ovide Lamontagne would do.
“Will we move New Hampshire forward as we have under Gov. Lynch, bringing people together to get results, or will New Hampshire go backward with the extreme and divisive agenda of Ovide Lamontagne and the Bill O’Brien Legislature,” Hassan said. The crowd booed at the mention of O’Brien, but Hassan quickly drew laughs when she deadpanned, “don’t boo, vote.”
SEA/SEIU 1984 President Diana Lacey was in attendance Tuesday and said the continuity from Lynch to Hassan was essential for New Hampshire families.
“Maggie’s values and appreciation for the building blocks that Governor Lynch worked so hard to advance these past eight years is exactly what our families are looking for in their next governor,” Lacey said. “N.H. excels in so many important things; we need to keep N.H. moving forward and reject the radical changes Ovide Lamontagne and Bill O’Brien are trying to force upon us.”