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Progressive Advocacy Group Plans to Shadow Sununu

A progressive advocacy group plans to shadow Gov. Chris Sununu, in continued attempts to ask about the identities of businesses that he says support some of his key policies. (ONE@MIT/Twitter)
A progressive advocacy group plans to shadow Gov. Chris Sununu, in continued attempts to ask about the identities of businesses that he says support some of his key policies. (ONE@MIT/Twitter)
April 24, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. -- A public advocacy group is pledging to follow in the footsteps of Gov. Chris Sununu - literally - in the coming weeks. They are demanding he prove his claims that he has broad business support for key proposals like making New Hampshire a right-to-work state, a move that would discourage union membership.

Zandra Rice-Hawkins, executive director at Granite State Progress, said this new effort is a follow-up to an open letter the group sent to Sununu several months ago, asking for details about any of the 100 businesses he said he met with.

“[We’re] Calling on him to name the businesses that he continues to say support his agenda,” Rice-Hawkins said. "In three and a half months, the governor has not been able to name a single business to back up his claim that they support his pet projects, and we're not going to let him off the hook."

Gov. Sununu has said there are major businesses that could turn the state around, but that won't consider putting down roots in New Hampshire unless it becomes a right-to-work state. He also has indicated business support for school vouchers.

Granite State Progress has pledged to visit 100 businesses in 100 days. But, since the governor won't say which businesses he met with, the group will start by trailing him at all public appearances.

Rice-Hawkins said the governor was following the same game plan as President Donald Trump, saying "Trust me, we're winning." But, she said, she thinks New Hampshire voters deserve greater transparency on that score.

"And we understand the real concern about businesses that are looking to move to our state and wanting to have a private conversation about doing that,” she said. "But you don't go out and do a big press announcement to say that this activity's happening if you can't provide any way for your constituents or the media to verify that."

Sununu has responded to earlier media inquiries by saying he isn't allowed to disclose the names of the businesses. But Rice-Hawkins countered that this isn't like a tax return, and there's nothing in the law preventing him from releasing those names.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH