NRSC - Foster's Editorial: Hodes owes Ayotte an apology

NOTE: On the heels of all of the above comes news that Hodes attended a fundraiser in Canada to bolster his campaign. His campaign's retort is that Ayotte has been attending fundraisers in Washington. Again, Hodes just doesn't get it. Attending a fundraiser outside the country — on foreign soil — sends a much different message than heading to Washington to tap major donors.  In a day and age when foreign countries like China are literally buying large chunks of the United States and its debt, someone in the Hodes campaign should have known better than to let the candidate solicit money on foreign soil — even if it is friendly foreign soil.

 

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Hodes owes Ayotte an apology

Foster’s Daily Democrat

Editorial

July 16, 2010

 

The campaign of New Hampshire Democrat Paul Hodes for U.S. Senate has come under recent criticism even from his own political left.

>From the far left Daily Kos: "New Hampshire is a mess — Democrat Paul Hodes is running a listless, (expletive deleted) campaign."

>From the sympathetic Boston Globe, commenting on the Lynch re-election camp's advice to Hodes not to run a wildly disparaged advertisement about the FRM debacle against Kelly Ayotte:

"The Hodes campaign put up the ad despite urgings from Lynch's camp not to politicize the issue further, according to sources in both camps who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly."

Now comes the "1,000 Women for Hodes" press release, where he claims exclusive rights to gender issues.

Clearly, the United States has struggled with a sordid past. Discrimination based on race and gender are not things of which to be proud. But that said, the country today has an African American president and a long list of accomplished women, one of whom will hopefully soon run the country from the Oval Office. (Hillary in 2012?)

So where do political attacks reminiscent of the race- and gender-divided 1960s and 1970s fit into a 21st century run for the U.S. Senate?

They don't, and neither do the implications of the headline: "1,000 Women for Hodes."

The headline implies those who oppose Hodes are bigots. That presumably includes the entire Republican field, including Kelly Ayotte herself.

Those who consider themselves Democrats should be cringing at such tactics and hoping Hodes goes quietly into the night, lest he taint the rest of the Democratic slate seeking office this fall.

On the heels of all of the above comes news that Hodes attended a fundraiser in Canada to bolster his campaign. His campaign's retort is that Ayotte has been attending fundraisers in Washington.

Again, Hodes just doesn't get it. Attending a fundraiser outside the country — on foreign soil — sends a much different message than heading to Washington to tap major donors.

In a day and age when foreign countries like China are literally buying large chunks of the United States and its debt, someone in the Hodes campaign should have known better than to let the candidate solicit money on foreign soil — even if it is friendly foreign soil.