DSCC - NH Political Report: Ayotte Continues to be a "rough launch"


Political Standing for July 31, 2009
Friday, July 31 2009 06:16 PM
Every week Political Standing tracks who is up or down in New Hampshire politics

Bobby Stephen: It's not what this Manchester candidate says as much as who he says it to. In Manchester's low-turn out elections it's who you know and the tribal coalitions you can build. His bi-partisan kick-off crowd was interesting.

Neil Levesque: The former Charlie Bass staffer gets the top post at the Saint Anselm College's NH Institute of Politics. His appointment puts St. A's in a strong position for the 2012 Republican NH Primary.

Frank Guinta: Getting into the NRCC's "Young Guns" program could lead to hundreds of thousands in campaign donations.

Kelly Ayotte: This continues to be a rough launch. Karl Rove lived with the philosophy of "what's mine is mine and what's yours we'll discuss." But as Ayotte faces a serious conservative primary she seems to believe "what is mine is mine and what is yours is yours." The right is waiting for a phone call and the storyline this week only accentuated what we already knew about this campaign.

John Lynch: The JUA decision may have been anticipated, but it has overshadowed everything.

New Hampshire Democratic Party: Editorial pages have been beating them up pretty good. But here is the thing to remember: when they beat up party staff they aren't beating up Lynch or other Democrats.