Former NHDP Chair Kathy Sullivan Calls on Kelly Ayotte to Denounce Outside Group's Attack Ad
CONCORD - With news breaking yesterday that Kelly Ayotte supported efforts to limit carbon emissions when she was Attorney General, Kathy Sullivan, former chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, called on Ayotte today to denounce the American Action Network's misleading attack ad against Paul Hodes.
The ad touts Ayotte's candidacy and attacks Hodes for supporting legislation aimed at reducing carbon emissions and eliminating our dependence on foreign oil. But news broke yesterday that, as Attorney General, Ayotte penned a letter in 2005 urging the US Senate to reject a Bush Administration environmental bill because it failed to limit carbon emissions - something Ayotte said would address global warming and create jobs. [NH Political Report, 8/5/10]
"Kelly Ayotte's special interest supporters are playing fast and loose with the truth," said Kathy Sullivan, former chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "They're attacking Paul Hodes for supporting efforts to limit carbon emissions, while conveniently forgetting to mention that their chosen candidate supported the exact same thing when she was Attorney General."
The American Action Network is a right-wing special interest group in Washington, DC run by lifelong K-street lobbyist Fred Malek. Malek is best known for his tenure in the Nixon Administration where he was the aide charged with "jew-counting" for the President - and arranging the demotion of several Jewish federal employees [Slate.com, 5/21/10]. He is a close friend of Sarah Palin's and was called her "leading defender" after her failed bid for the vice presidency [Washington Post, 7/8/09]. Malek and three other board members at AAN have donated thousands to Ayotte's senate campaign this cycle. [Opensecrets, Accessed 8/6/10]
"Will Kelly Ayotte stand up to the special interests for once and tell her friends down in Washington to stop trying to meddle in New Hampshire's election?" said Sullivan. "Given her own record of supporting caps on carbon emissions, it's time for her to denounce the ad and tell her out-of-state backers to get their facts straight."