Abandons Political Mentor as She Races Right to Compete in Increasingly Active Republican Primary
CONCORD - Republican Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte came out today against Sen. Judd Gregg's bipartisan panel to cut Washington spending and reduce the deficit. The panel was rejected by the Senate on Tuesday by a vote of 53-46 [Vote 5, 1/26/10; Union Leader, 1/28/10] and is the latest step Ayotte has taken to move herself to the far-right, as she faces an increasingly competitive Republican primary.
"Kelly Ayotte will always put politics before the people of New Hampshire," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Whether it's sorely-needed health care reform, tax cuts for small businesses or regulations to keep Wall Street accountable to Main Street, Ayotte has consistently done what's politically expedient, rather than what's right.
"Granite State families need jobs - they need affordable health care and they need a fiscally responsible government. Kelly Ayotte is more concerned with scoring political points than she is with bringing jobs and health care to middle-class families and combating the deficit," added Browne.
Senator Gregg said that the defeat of the bipartisan deficit commission shows "that Congress is more concerned with the next election than the next generation." [Union Leader, 1/26/10]