A Message From Kelly Ayotte

Dear Friends,

Government doesn’t drive the economy and create jobs. American small business owners do.

New Hampshire’s next Senator should be someone who understands the priorities of the small business community. Coming from a small business family – my husband Joe owns a landscaping and snow removal company – I certainly understand the challenges these entrepreneurial men and women face.

That’s why I traveled across the state this week on my New Hampshire Main Street Small Business Tour. Yesterday I made stops in Exeter and Dover, and today I visited small businesses in Peterborough and Keene

As I speak with New Hampshire business owners across the state, their refrain is consistent: Congress has created a culture of uncertainty that makes it very difficult to hire new workers. For over a year, they watched and worried as Democrats pushed a federal takeover of health care paid for with more deficit spending and higher taxes. Now many of them are trying to figure out if they’ll be able to afford it.

At a time when New Hampshire’s small business owners need a strong advocate on Capitol Hill, Paul Hodes is down in Washington working against them. Instead of standing in the way of small business, Congress needs to focus on pro-growth policies that will help smaller firms flourish.

During my tour this week, I made it clear that I will be fighting for small business in Washington. We need to lower taxes so these companies can grow and hire more workers. We also need to make sure we don’t bury them with senseless federal mandates and paperwork. Washington doesn’t know best – we do.

I’ll be meeting with as many small business owners as I can throughout the remainder of this campaign (including a visit to Nashua on Tuesday). If there’s a company I should visit, please let me know.

In other news, I will take time away from the campaign trail this weekend to honor the memory of the brave servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Memorial Day is a solemn occasion for all Americans. My husband Joe, an Iraq war veteran, and I plan to attend an observance at the Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, along with events in Nashua and Bow. I hope you will take time this weekend to remember those who gave their all so that we can live in freedom.

Thank you for all you do to help our campaign. I hope to see you on the trail soon.