New Molly Kelly Ad Features Concord Widower Who Couldn’t Be with Sick Wife in Her Final Days

 “We need a Governor that can understand, like Molly Kelly does”

*Watch the new paid family leave ad here*

Concord, NH – In a new TV ad released by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly’s campaign today, a New Hampshire widower emotionally explains how paid family and medical leave would have allowed him to be with his wife in her final days. Instead, Kurt Sundstrom, a Concord resident, had to rely on out-of-town family to fly in to help as his wife fought brain cancer that eventually took her life.

Watch the :60 ad and the :30 ad.

“Paid family leave would have meant the world to me and our son,” Sundstrom says in the ad. “Governor Sununu blocked paid family medical leave. He called it a 'vacation.' I want Governor Sununu to know it’s not a 'vacation.' To know when you see someone that you love die, in front of your eyes, and there’s nothing you can do. It’s time for a change. New Hampshire needs a Governor that can understand, like Molly Kelly does. 

In his first campaign for Governor, Chris Sununu said he "absolutely" supported paid family and medical leave. But as Governor, he blocked a bipartisan paid family medical leave bill after state lawmakers passed it three times. Sununu also called paid family medical leave “vacation.”

Three and a half years ago, Sundstrom took his wife Jody to see a doctor as she was complaining of dizziness. Tests revealed she had Glioblastoma multiforme IV, an aggressive cancer, and they learned she might expect to live only an additional 12 to 18 months. At the time, they were raising an eleven-year-old son and their extended family all lived out of state. Sundstrom’s employer did not offer paid family and medical leave and the family, having once relied on two incomes, could not afford to have Sundstrom take any unpaid leave.

Both a 30- and 60-second version of Kurt Sundstrom’s story will be broadcast starting Wednesday on WMUR and New Hampshire cable. Kelly was the first candidate in the race to begin advertising on television in the general election. 

SCRIPT: “Not a Vacation” (:60)

I remember the day that Jody was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

She had probably about 14 months to live.

Not just are you worried about losing your best friend and wife, when you have two incomes and you lose one, everything changes.

You’re wondering how you’re going to put food on the table.

Paid family leave would have meant the world to me and our son because having to worry about money is the most horrible thing when you’re trying to care for someone.

Governor Sununu blocked paid family medical leave. 

He called it a “vacation. 

I want Governor Sununu to know it’s not a “vacation.”

To know when you see someone that you love die, in front of your eyes, and there’s nothing you can do.

It’s time for a change.

New Hampshire needs a Governor that can understand, like Molly Kelly does.

Chris Sununu made it very clear that he doesn’t understand.

It’s not a “vacation.” 

SCRIPT: “Doesn’t Understand” (:30)

I remember the day that Jody was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Having to worry about money is the most horrible thing when you’re trying to care for someone.

Paid family leave would have meant the world to me.

Governor Sununu blocked paid family medical leave.

He called it a “vacation.”

I want Governor Sununu to know it’s not a “vacation.” 

When you see someone that you love die, and there’s nothing you can do.

Chris Sununu doesn’t understand, Molly Kelly does.

It’s not a “vacation.”

 

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