Ayotte Strategy for Extreme Right-Wing of Party: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em
CONCORD - After a morning of fundraisers in Washington, Kelly Ayotte will spend this afternoon meeting with FreedomWorks, an organization famous for bankrolling the extreme right's tea party movement, which worked to derail health care reform this year by drowning out moderate voices within the Republican Party. The organization was a co-sponsor of the Glenn Beck-Fox News anti-reform march on Washington in September [9/12 March Website].  
Besides stonewalling health care reform, FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey has declared his support for the ten-point purity test being floated by some members of the Republican National Committee. According to CBS News, "Army said if a candidate wanted the support of the GOP, it was 'very reasonable' to expect they 'demonstrate some allegiance to the primary positions taken by the party. That's not a litmus test. That's just if you want us to give you our money, our support, our troops in the field, our endorsements, then demonstrate that you're someone like us'" [CBSNews.com, 11/29/09]. The Republican establishment largely scorned the purity test as extremist and dangerous to the future of the GOP [Politico, 12/1/09].
"The farther right we look, the more new friends Kelly Ayotte seems to be making in Washington," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "FreedomWorks, Club for Growth and Kelly's other allies on the extreme right are taking over the Republican Party by working tirelessly to crush any moderate views within their ranks, an unfortunate trend we keep seeing within the New Hampshire GOP as well.. By courting their support, Kelly is once again showing how out of touch she is with the independent voices of the Granite State."
Today's fundraisers are part of Ayotte's increasingly active sprint to the far-right wing of her party. Hours after hosting the "meet and greet" fundraiser with Ayotte, FreedomWorks will bring together FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey, Senator Jim DeMint, and Representatives Marsha Blackburn, Tom Price and Joe Wilson to premiere a movie touting the success of the tea party phenomenon on Capitol Hill. This news comes a week after Politico reported that Kelly Ayotte was reaching out to far-right senator Jim DeMint in pursuit of his support [FreedomWorks Release, 11/30/09; Politico, 11/23/09].
Kelly's meeting with FreedomWorks is the latest step in her recent migration to the far-right wing of her party. Last month, she was down in Washington courting the support of Club for Growth, another extremist organization famous for its efforts to "purify" the GOP [Union Leader 11/12/09]. After the meeting, Executive Director David Keating called Ayotte a "very impressive candidate" [Nashua Telegraph, 11/12/09].