GOP Senate candidates overthrow Shaheen on PPP, defend campaign tactics

In a radio debate Tuesday, the two Republicans running for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire criticized incumbent Jeanne Shaheen for businesses linked to her family that participated in the federal paycheck protection program.

In total, five companies linked to Shaheen have raised nearly $ 3 million in loans. Shaheen was not involved in the awarding of the money.

Republican candidate Corky Messner, in particular, has criticized the loan granted to a law firm founded by Shaheen’s husband.

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But Messner also defended a similar multi-million dollar loan that went to the Denver-based law firm he founded.

“You know I left the law firm over a year ago. I ceded my responsibilities. The company took out a PPP loan to preserve jobs, which was the goal of these ready. “

Retired Brigadier-General Don Bolduc said companies affiliated with Shaheen were wrong to get federal loans. And, Bolduc said, if Messner can self-fund his campaign, he could use his own money to help his law firm.

In the debate over WGIR, Messner and Bolduc both defended their campaign tactics. Messner said he was proud to be supported by President Trump.

Bolduc, meanwhile, is sticking to a campaign ad in which he denounces “liberal socialist thoughts.”

“The use of the thought was to refer to the weak people who represent New Hampshire right now,” Bolduc said, “who don’t serve the people of New Hampshire, who don’t serve Americans. And uphold values. and rights in our declaration of independence.

Messner declined to comment on the Bolduc ad, which has been called homophobic by LGBTQ groups.

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