- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu is taking heat for saying there’s been “no leadership” statewide or locally on New Hampshire’s heroin and opioid crisis that’s killed hundreds of people.

Manchester’s police department called Sununu’s Wednesday comments “insulting” on social media, and Sununu’s GOP rivals are chiming in. Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas is demanding a retraction, saying the city’s public safety officials and citizens are working hard to curb drug abuse. State Sen. Jeanie Forrester is questioning Sununu’s own leadership.

A spokesman for Sununu says his comments weren’t directed at fire and police officials, but rather elected leaders.

In the U.S. Senate race, meanwhile, allies of Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte are running an ad insinuating Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan isn’t doing enough to stop drug deaths. Hassan’s campaign is criticizing the ad and Ayotte says it should be taken down.

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