Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), of course, is running for Senate in New Hampshire next year. Complicating that? New Hampshire’s heroin epidemic… yes. Yes, there is one in New Hampshire. It’s been going on for a while now, right under the nose of one, well, Governor Maggie Hassan.
The New Hampshire Union Leader is distinctly unimpressed with Gov. Hassan’s behavior in this situation, and it’s not even remotely surprising why. Let me explain: there was a fairly vicious budget battle in New Hampshire this year. Back in June the Democratic governor vetoed the budget that the Republican legislature had put together; this went around and around for the rest of the summer. Hassan eventually ended up on the short end of the public opinion stick, given that the budget proposal would have doubled state funding on heroin treatment; this proposal had strong bipartisan support, and not having it go into effect caused a lot of grumbling, including from outlets that Gov. Hassan would like to have on her side next year. Which meant that the governor eventually had, as Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire put it*, to call for her own veto to be overruled.
Which leads to the Governor’s recent gambit; Maggie Hassan is calling for a special session of the Legislature. Why? …To get some emergency work done on New Hampshire’s heroin problem, of course! That’s what a leader does, after all: redress delays in the law, and all that. And that’s why the Union Leader is annoyed, because after all it’s Governor Hassan’s fault that there was a delay in the first place.
Can’t say I blame them much.
*With malice aforethought and not a small amount of relish.