DURHAM, N.H. (CBS) – An anonymous donor has agreed to pay a New Hampshire town’s extra security costs for President Barack Obama’s visit on Monday.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports.
Durham officials say they didn’t mean to raise a ruckus, but they didn’t have the money budgeted for police, fire and EMS services needed for President Obama’s visit, and the Obama for America campaign said they wouldn’t pay.
“Some people are very positive about the position that the town has taken to date, and others have been very critical. Some have expressed it as being ‘un-American’ the position we have taken, others feel it is the right thing to do, and campaigns, whoever the party, whatever the party, should pay the costs associated with the visit,” said Durham Town Manager Todd Selig.
Town Council Chair Jay Gooze says a local resident has stepped up to the plate.
“An anonymous donor, a Durham resident, contacted the town administrator and council chair, and offered to pay for town public safety costs up to $20,000. The donor wanted us to make public his or her sentiment that the town had done the right thing in asking the campaign to do its part,” said Gooze.
Officials said the donor craves privacy, and just felt this was the right thing to do.
“We are grateful for this generous offer,” said Gooze.