NRSC - Union Leader Endorses Ayotte for Senate

Ayotte for Senate: From AG to DC

Union Leader


October 14, 2010

Getting to know former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte during her years of public service, we have found her to be a thoughtful and exceptionally capable person. Those who underestimated her often wound up regretting it later. We expect a lot of people in Washington will make that same mistake should she become the next U.S. senator from New Hampshire.

In 2004, Ayotte was named attorney general at just 36 years old. At that age, some people might have played it safe or shrunk from taking on highly challenging tasks. Not Ayotte. She pulled off the remarkable achievement of securing back-to-back murder convictions, even trying one of the cases personally. She also ably defended New Hampshire's parental notification law before the U.S. Supreme Court and earned the respect of both parties.

Rep. Paul Hodes, challenging Ayotte for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Judd Gregg, has seen Ayotte's record and realized that she has a much easier time defending hers than he has defending his. So he's doing everything he can to make voters believe things about her that aren't true.

But the voters aren't buying Hodes' lies about Ayotte. The people of New Hampshire can see that Ayotte is a centrist Republican, not the scary extremist Hodes desperately claims she is. They can see, too, that she has handled herself well in her first run for public office. She has weathered all sorts of vicious personal attacks, from both Republicans and Democrats, with grace and surprising cheerfulness, traits that will serve her well in the rough-and-tumble world of Washington.

Kelly Ayotte is our choice for U.S. Senate, and we expect that on Nov. 2 she will be the choice of most New Hampshire voters, too.