At Campaign Event with Lindsey Graham, Will Kelly Ayotte Finally Say Whether She’ll Support or Block Lynch’s AG Confirmation?
On Loretta Lynch’s Confirmation Delay, Lindsey Graham Said, “This, to me, is a sign of the dysfunction of this place… She’s qualified.”
Concord, N.H. – As Kelly Ayotte refuses to answer whether she will support or block Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Ayotte will campaign today with Lindsey Graham, who has called Lynch’s unprecedented nomination delay, “a sign of the dysfunction of this place… She’s qualified.”
Ayotte’s office is labeling the event with Graham as an “official Senate event,” despite the blatant political nature given that Graham is openly testing the presidential waters in New Hampshire.
“The number of times that Kelly Ayotte has put her own political interests before our national security and public safety is growing by the day,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “From holding homeland security funding hostage, to signing a reckless letter to the leaders of Iran undermining U.S. foreign policy, to playing politics with human trafficking victims and our nation’s top law enforcement officer, it’s clear that Ayotte will stop at nothing to try to appease her Tea Party base, whatever the cost.”
McConnell “Plans To Hold Up Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch's Confirmation” Until Senate Passes Trafficking Bill With Anti-Women’s Health Measures
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday said he plans to hold up attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch's confirmation until the Senate passes a now-controversial human trafficking bill.” [CNN, 3/15/15]
Iris Estabrook Blasts Ayotte and Senate GOP for Playing Politics with Trafficking Victims, Holding Up Lynch Nomination
“Sen. Ayotte is an original co-sponsor of this bill and has now insisted that in order to provide relief to these victims the legislation must take away their ability to get the full range of reproductive care, including safe, legal abortion. Making matters worse, they’re even holding up the nomination of Loretta Lynch – who would be the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general of the United States and has a record of prosecuting human traffickers – unless the bill is passed with the anti-women’s health measures intact.” [Concord Monitor Op-Ed, 4/8/15]