Gatsas Urges Sununu To Oppose State Funding For Planned Parenthood

Gatsas Urges Sununu To Oppose State Funding For Planned Parenthood

MANCHESTER, NH – Mayor Ted Gatsas released the following statement today calling on Councilor Chris Sununu to oppose taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood at next week’s Executive Council meeting. Councilor Sununu voted to fund Planned Parenthood with tax dollars in 2011 and 2014 before voting against funding the organization 2015. WMUR reports that the Sununu campaign is refusing to comment on how he will vote on a Planned Parenthood contract next week:
“I have consistently opposed public funding for Planned Parenthood and believe that there are many community health organizations that can provide alternate, high quality health care options for women. As governor, I will ensure that Planned Parenthood does not receive tax dollars.

“Councilor Sununu has repeatedly voted to provide public funding for Planned Parenthood and only decided to flip-flop his position when he began to consider running for governor. Now he is dodging questions about a Planned Parenthood contract on next week’s Executive Council agenda and is refusing to tell his constituents how he will vote on this issue.

“We don’t need timid politicians who need to gauge which way the political winds are blowing before they take positions on important issues. I unequivocally believe that Planned Parenthood should not receive tax dollars, and Councilor Sununu should immediately pledge to vote against this contract.”

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Ted Gatsas is the 47th Mayor of Manchester and is currently serving his fourth term.  Prior to serving as Mayor he served concurrently as a city Alderman and State Senator representing District 16.  He served as Senate President from 2005 – 2006.  Before entering public service Ted and his brother Michael co-founded Staffing Network an employee-leasing company that grew to be one of the largest employers in New England. Staffing Network was eventually acquired by ADP Payroll affording Ted the ability to serve the City of Manchester and the State of New Hampshire and give back to the city and state that had shaped his life and career.