ICYMI: Without details or proof, Gov Sununu bends the rules to claim he met with 100 businesses

 Concord, N.H. – Yesterday, Governor Sununu presented the results of his “100 businesses in 100 days” initiative without naming any of the businesses or saying any business made a hard commitment to New Hampshire. Rather than meet one-on-one in person to address businesses’ needs, Sununu said he met with 20 businesses at once via webinar. The governor also highlighted Right-to-Work as a priority in his report, despite it being indefinitely postponed earlier this session, prohibiting it from being voted on again during Sununu’s term.

NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement:

“Governor Sununu always seems to be short on details. He wants us to take his word that he met with businesses without telling us a single company or saying they’ve committed to moving here. His secrecy clashes with his desire to get publicity and credit for his outreach campaign. Can we truly believe that all 127 companiemandated confidentiality? His reasons for secrecy are fairly transparent: it’s clear that Governor Sununu cut corners, bulk-ordering meetings via video conference rather than putting in the effort to address the needs of individual businesses one-on-one.”

NHPR: Gov Sununu Says He’s Met With 100+ Businesses, But Won’t Name Them

…the Governor couldn’t say any companies would relocate here, and wouldn’t share the names of any companies he met with…

“Did we get a hard commitment? I don’t know. We got some extremely firm commitments. I don’t know if its fair to say we got a hard commitment. I don’t know if we can say that today, but I can tell you I got some extremely firm commitment, to move here.”

The governor never clarified the difference between a firm commitment and a hard one. But one thing he did make very clear is that he and state officials are committed to keeping information about the businesses he’s solicited – all 127 of them – confidential.

Concord Monitor: Sununu touts 100 businesses in 100 days initiative, mum on details

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said Thursday he made good on his campaign promise to meet with 100 businesses in his first 100 days, but he refused to name the companies or say if any have committed to relocate to New Hampshire.

In a press conference organized by his office, Sununu announced he has talked to 127 businesses from 23 states and seven countries, but offered few other details.

The governor declined to name a single business he met with, however, so there was no way to verify the claims contained in an eight-page report presented at a news conference on Thursday

Sununu said he had no “hard commitments” from any of the businesses to relocate to New Hampshire…

“Governor Sununu’s ‘100 businesses in 100 days’ press conference was characteristically short on details and left us with more questions than answers,” said state Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “He offered no names or proof of businesses he met with, giving Granite Staters no way to keep him accountable to his promise. The nature of his meetings were questionable, as he cited a webinar he hosted with 20 businesses. What did the rest of his meetings look like?”

“Gov. Sununu has provided no evidence that allows Granite Staters to hold him accountable for the work that he’s doing,” said Amy Kennedy, executive director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “You know, I could say that I’ve met with 1,000 businesses over the last hundred days, and I’d be providing the same amount of evidence that Gov. Sununu did today.”

“Governor Sununu’s ‘100 businesses in 100 days‘ press conference was characteristically short on details and left us with more questions than answers. Sununu offered no names or proof of businesses he met with, giving Granite Staters no way to keep him accountable to his promise. The nature of his meetings were questionable, as he cited a webinar he hosted with 20 businesses. What did the rest of his meetings look like?” asked NHDP Chair Ray Buckley.

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