Release: Maggie Hassan is Like a Deer Caught in a Car's Headlights Over Gitmo
MANCHESTER - In what seems to be a shocking shift of position, late this afternoon, Governor Maggie Hassan told WMUR-TV that she was "skeptical" of President Obama's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. This plan proposes moving many of the remaining detainees to the U.S. Some would also be moved to facilities in other countries.
In October of last year, Governor Maggie Hassan told the Union Leader that she would, "consider closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison."
As explained in a release from our organization earlier today, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has been heavily focused on this issue for months. We have been extremely critical of Governor Maggie Hassan's blatant refusal to fully explain what she would support doing with the dangerous detainees currently at Gitmo if the facility was closed.
Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement;
"Maggie Hassan's continuously shifting positions on countless issues are enough to make anyone's head spin, but her evolving stance on Gitmo should truly leave everyone wondering if even she knows where she stands anymore.
"In October of last year, Maggie Hassan was quick to side with her liberal base in support of closing Gitmo. Over the next four months, as Granite Staters became increasingly concerned about terrorism and national security issues, she hid from her original statement. Now that President Obama has released his plan, Hassan is like a deer caught in a car's headlights. She knows she needs to take a position, but she is frozen and unable to decide what side of the road is best for her political career."
"With her finger in the air to test the direction of the political winds, Maggie Hassan has literally been on all sides of this issue. If she still stands by her original statement that Gitmo should be closed, but she doesn't believe it is safe to relocate them to facilities at home or abroad, then where would Governor Hassan support sending the terrorists? Did she believe the dangerous detainees would just disappear after closing Gitmo? In all likelihood, the naïve Hassan, who remarkably hopes to represent us in the US Senate, doesn't have an answer to that question. That should be utterly terrifying to every Granite Stater who cares about the safety and security of our nation."