Bender for Senate campaign demanding retraction from Ovide LaMontagne campaign

Jim Bender - US Senate 2010

Christine Baratta, Communications Director for Jim Bender for U.S. Senate released the following statement regarding Ovide for Senate campaign advisor Jim Merrill's statement about "misleading and negative attacks" on Ovide LaMontagne.  

“The Bender for Senate campaign is demanding an immediate retraction from the Ovide LaMontagne campaign regarding their accusation that our campaign has been making voter calls "targeting Ovide and actively trying to dissuade voters from supporting him."  This is false and we demand an immediate retraction.   While it may be true that Kelly Ayotte and Bill Binnie are engaging in false and negative campaign tactics, if Ovide does not immediately retract this false and negative claim against Jim Bender, then he will have joined Kelly and Bill in the mudslinging." 



Manchester, N.H.—Jim Merrill, Senior Advisor to the Ovide for Senate campaign, issued the following statement this evening after the campaign learned that voters are being targeted by negative and misleading attacks against Ovide by calls paid for by the Bill Binnie for Senate campaign.

"In recent days, we have become aware of phone efforts by all of our opponents, targeting Ovide and actively trying to dissuade voters from supporting him. Tonight we learned of a new round of negative and misleading attacks against Ovide by callers working for Bill Binnie's Senate campaign. This is disappointing, but comes as no surprise. First, it is clear that Ovide's campaign for Senate is surging, while the others are losing ground or standing still. Second, over the past month the primary campaign for U.S. Senate has devolved into a mud slinging contest, particularly between the Ayotte and Binnie campaigns. I urge voters who have received negative calls about Ovide to contact our headquarters at 627.0035 or visit our website at to learn the truth," said Merrill.

Merrill concluded, "It was inevitable that our opponents would try to drag us into the mud with them as Ovide's campaign continues to gain momentum in the polls and on the ground. But we're not going to let that happen. We have focused on running a positive, optimistic campaign based on the issues and based on the truth that Ovide is the authentic conservative in the race for U.S. Senate, and we're going to continue doing just that. We're saying 'enough' to our opponents - the voters of New Hampshire deserve better than mud slinging and cheap campaign tricks. Today's Union Leader editorial - 'It's Ovide: There is no better choice' - speaks volumes about the kind of campaign we are running, and the kind of campaign that we will continue to run.

From the Union Leader today, September 8th -- It's Ovide: There is no better choice "...As happens every time, the campaign season is getting dirtier as the election draws closer. Just as predictably, one candidate has stood out amid all the mudslinging, dishonesty, trickery and, as politicians say, 'lapses in judgment' ...Lamontagne is doing what people always say they want candidates to do: He's running a positive campaign. Instead of tearing down his opponents, he's selling voters on his ideas. He's talking about issues and explaining how he would vote if elected. Heck, he's even signed a 15-point pledge, a sort of contract with the voters, so they can hold him accountable down in Washington and he can't say he never agreed to do exactly what he agreed to do."