In recent op-ed Ayotte characterizes own actions as "raw politics"
Concord - This afternoon, Kelly Ayotte voted against allowing debate on bipartisan legislation to implement universal background checks just days after she penned an op-ed charging that preventing the "world's greatest deliberative body from debating and voting" was "raw politics." Public polling shows the common sense legislation has overwhelming support from more than 85% of Granite Staters [NEC Poll]. New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein released the following statement on Ayotte's disappointing actions.
"While nationally the Republican Party has been attempting
to erase their more out of touch positions, Kelly Ayotte continues to be the voice and face of the right-wing Tea Party fringe. It's shameful that Ayotte refuses to even allow an up or down vote on this legislation to implement universal background checks. Instead of supporting this common sense compromise that will help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and people with mental illness who could be harmful to themselves or others, she is putting the demands of the NRA ahead of the will of the people of New Hampshire.
"The next time Senator Ayotte laments aloud that Washington is broken; she need only look in the mirror to find her source of her phony frustration. After charging on her Senate website that 'raw politics' in Washington is preventing the Senate from 'debating and voting' - Ayotte today voted to prevent debate on bipartisan, common sense legislation. Clearly, she places no value on the partisan talking points and empty promises she carelessly delivers to the people of New Hampshire. Her shocking hypocrisy is surpassed only by her contempt for Granite State residents and values."
The full text of Senator Ayotte's op-ed can be found on her official website here: http://www.ayotte.senate.gov/?p=news&id=891.