New Hampshire Business Review: Q&A with: Former AG Phil McLaughlin
Dan Seufert 8/28/09
Q. Do you disapprove of the manner in which former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte stepped down recently to explore a run for the U.S. Senate?
A. I neither approve nor disapprove. I would have made a different choice. She made a political decision to seek higher office. My personal choice would have been to fulfill an appointed term.
New Hampshire Business Review: Something “Disconcerting” About Ayotte’s Debut
While it’s perfectly understandable from a political perspective, there was something slightly disconcerting about former AG Kelly Ayotte’s Aug. 11 debut address as a U.S. Senate candidate.
Speaking to a gathering of Belknap County Republicans, Ayotte unabashedly touted as one of her main qualifications to be a U.S. senator her role in pushing to seek the death penalty last year for the killer of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.
She said her determination in pursuing the death penalty came after meeting with the officer’s parents.
“That’s why I made the decision that I would personally try that case and ask for the strongest penalties available under our law — and that’s the leadership you will see from me,” she said, adding as something of a non sequitur: “I’m going to roll up my sleeves, and I will read the bills.”