Not to be Out Run by Lamontagne, Kelly Ayotte Steps Up Her Extremist Makeover and Signs Far-Right Group's Pledge to Repeal Health Care for 157,000 NH Residents and Tax Cuts for 16,800 NH Small Businesses
CONCORD - Just 12 hours after the reportedly "true conservative" in New Hampshire's Senate Republican primary, Ovide Lamontagne, signed onto the far-right Club for Growth's pledge to repeal health care, Kelly Ayotte is frantically trying to catch up to him on the right, announcing she signed the pledge this morning [Fosters, 1/15/10].
As her primary competition has heated up, Ayotte has undertaken a far-right makeover in an attempt to secure support from the overwhelmingly extreme interests that have consumed the GOP nationally and within the Granite State. She was in Washington late last year to court the Club for Growth's approval, after which the Club's Executive Director David Keating called her "a very impressive candidate" [Union Leader, 11/12/09].
"This is another example of Kelly Ayotte standing where politics - rather than the people of New Hampshire - need her to be," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "As extreme interests consume the GOP nationally, Ayotte's right-wing makeover has been dramatic and consistent, proving she's more concerned with keeping herself electable than keeping jobs and health care in the hands of New Hampshire's middle-class families."
Other signs of Kelly Ayotte's politically convenient rightward shift:
- In an effort to "build some conservative street cred" Ayotte has been courting the support of uber-conservative Sen. Jim Demint [Politico, 11/23/09].
- After Ovide announced that he had endorsed conservative Doug Hoffman and cut a check to his campaign in the NY-23 special election, Ayotte rushed to offer an endorsement of her own [NH Political Report, 10/30/09, 10/30/09; Washington Post.com, 10/29/09].
- She has received at least $100,000 from the PACs of some of DC's most conservative Senators [Concord Monitor, 10/25/09].