Fergus Cullen: Hassan's lousy speech left only her smiling
I've been going to State of the State addresses since the Merrill administration. Whatever strengths governors have had since then, none have been charismatic or more than serviceable orators. But at least Gov. Shaheen talked about things she'd fight for. Gov. Benson articulated core principles that organized his approach to governing. Gov. Lynch was always generous about sharing credit.
Jim Rausch, a Derry Republican, is sponsoring a bill that would raise the state gas tax by four cents and allow the tax to rise with inflation. Not that you'd know the substance of the bill from Gov. Hassan's address, or where she stood on the issue. She was too chicken to say "gas tax" let alone "I think we need to raise it." It was left to New Hampshire Public Radio host Laura Knoy to call the governor on her vague dodge during Monday's broadcast of The Exchange. After some bobbing and weaving, Gov. Hassan finally said she'd sign Rausch's bill if the Legislature passes it.
Fergus Cullen, a freelance columnist, is a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. He can be reached at email@example.com and followed on Twitter @FergusCullen.
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