NH Now: Dan Feltes 6-24-20

“The Reality Is That This Governor Has Serious Ethical Problems. He Continues to Get Campaign Contributions from Corporations and Organizations That He Gives No Bid Contracts to.”

In an interview with WKXL’s Chris Ryan, Senate Majority Leader and candidate for Governor Dan Feltes criticizes the preparations which are being made for more absentee ballots for the Primary Elections and the General Elections. The Senator reiterates his accusation that the Sununu Campaign recently accepted a maximum donation from the Granite State Recovery Center and the state then gave a $2 million no bid contract to the rehabilitation program. Steps which should be taken if there is a resurgence of Coronavirus cases in the fall are considered.

Dan Feltes faces Andru Volinsky, the Executive Councilor of District 2 of New Hampshire in the Democratic Party Primary on September 8, 2020. The winner of the primary would then square off against incumbent Governor Chris Sununu on Tuesday, November 3rd.

The Senator says, “No one should have to choose between their health and their Constitutional right to vote.” He states that legislation has been passed to give towns and cities the support and flexibility to conduct elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senator has heard that Governor Sununu has threatened to veto it.

The Granite State Recovery Center is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program which made a maximum donation to the Sununu campaign and received a $2 million no bid contract with the state. In an interview with WKXL on Monday, Governor Sununu maintained that there was no quid pro quo. The Governor claims that Granite State Recovery Center was contacted months ago for the state to acquire extra beds which were needed in an emergency situation during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Feltes insists that there is a pattern of unethical behavior by Governor Sununu which involves no bid contracts being awarded to campaign donors. As governor, Dan Feltes would eliminate the practice of awarding no bid contracts and accepting corporate campaign donations.

In the conclusion of the interview, Senator Feltes discusses how we should deal with a second wave of COVID-19. He considers worker safety, as we continue to open the economy, to be a major concern. The legislature is considering a bill which would help to provide PPE-Personal Protection Equipment for workers. The Senator feels strongly that more should have been done to protect residents of extended care facilities. There is legislation pending to support nursing homes with PPE, testing and financial assistance. The bill also calls for an independent review of what went wrong and to make recommendations of how to deal with a second wave of the virus.