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Wednesday
Jul012015

NH GOP - SENATOR AYOTTE'S RECORD OF INDEPENDENT LEADERSHIP AND BIPARTISAN PROBLEM SOLVING 

"Kelly Ayotte consistently ranks as one of the most effective and bipartisan members of the United States Senate. She has represented Granite Staters with honor and distinction by working across the aisle to expand access to health care for our veterans, combat sexual assault in the military and end Washington's government shutdown. Kelly is committed to the traditional New Hampshire principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility, and she has earned another term in the United States Senate." - NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn

 

Ayotte Was Ranked As The Seventh Most Bipartisan Member Of The Senate. ("The Bipartisan Index: Senate Scores," The Lugar CenterAccessed 6/29/15)

 

The Washington Post Ranked Ayotte As The Fourth Most Likely Senator To Cross Party Lines(Philip Bump, "Here Are The Members Of Congress Who Vote Against Their Party The Most," The Washington Post6/11/15)

 

CQ Roll Call Named Ayotte One Of The "25 Most Influential Women In Congress." "Policy Dealmakers: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Was.), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)." ("CQ Roll Call Releases Powerful Women: The 25 Most Influential Women in Congress," CQ Roll Call5/11/15)

 

Ayotte Helped End The Government Shutdown and Co-Sponsored Legislation To Help Ensure It Would Never Happen Again. ("Senate women lead in effort to find accord," The New York Times, 10/14/13; S. 29, "End Government Shutdowns Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 1/22/13)

 

In 2014, Ayotte Worked With Senator Shaheen To Help New Hampshire Veterans Get Health Care Closer To Home. "The Senate passed a veterans reform package last night that contains a provision benefiting those in New Hampshire, where seeking care at Veterans Affairs facilities can sometimes mean traveling outside the state. New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen teamed up to include a provision that allows veterans to get care outside of VA facilities. The bill - which also addresses issues regarding wait times at VA facilities across the nation - passed the Senate on a 91-3 vote. It passed in the House, 420-5, earlier this week, and now heads to President Obama for his signature." (Casey McDermott, "Senate Passes VA Reform Bill, Including Key Provision Meant To Benefit N.H. Veterans," Concord Monitor7/31/14)

 

In 2013, Ayotte Worked With Senator Murray On A Bill To Combat Sexual Assault In The Military. "Several provisions of a bill to combat military sexual assault introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA and Sen. Kelly Ayotte R-NH, have been included in legislation under consideration by the Senate Armed Services Committee. They include a measure to provide victims of sexual assault with a special victims counsel - a military lawyer who would assist sexual-assault victims throughout the legal process. Another provision would help improve the tracking of military sexual-assault statistics." (Hal Bernton, "Military Sexual Assault Bill Includes Provisions From Patty Murray, Seattle Times6/12/13)

 

Ayotte Helped Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Victims Of Sexual Assault In The Military. (S. 1917, "Victims Protection Act Of 2014," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 1/14/14; S. 871, "Combating Military Sexual Assault Act Of 2013," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 5/7/13)

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Ensure Support Services For National Guard And Reserve Members. (S. 2843, "National Guard And Reserve Access To Counsel Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 9/17/14) 

 

In 2015, Ayotte Worked With Senator Shaheen On A Bill To Protect Pregnant Workers. "But not every employer follows Badger's model to provide accommodations for the needs of pregnant workers. That's why U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have sponsored a bill to require employers to make reasonable adjustments for employees who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Those accommodations could include allowing the woman to carry a water bottle, despite a policy against food or drinks on the job, or providing a stool for a pregnant employee who normally stands during work." (Megan Doyle, "Ayotte, Shaheen Sponsor Bill To Protect Pregnant Workers, Concord Monitor6/6/15)  

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Help New Hampshire's Ski Industry. (S. 382, "Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act Of 2011," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 2/17/11) 

 

Ayotte Helped Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Cities And States Build 21st Century Manufacturing Training Programs. (S. 1542, "Manufacturing Skills Act Of 2015," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 6/10/15)

 

Ayotte Helped Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Communities Handle Addiction. (S. 524, "Comprehensive Addiction And Recovery Act Of 2015," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 2/12/15)

 

Ayotte Helped Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Victims Of Sexual Assault On College Campuses. (S. 2692, "Campus Accountability And Safety Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 7/30/14; S. 590, "Campus Accountability And Safety Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 2/26/15)

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Breast Cancer Research. (S. 865, "Accelerating The End Of Breast Cancer Act Of 2013," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 5/6/13)

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Help Improve Breast Cancer Detection. (S. 262, "Breast Density And Mammography Reporting Act Of 2014," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 7/17/14)

 

In 2014, Ayotte Worked With Senator Shaheen On A Bill To Assist Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injuries. "New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen say a bill on its way to President Barack Obama will enhance treatment services for veterans living with traumatic brain injuries. The senators introduced legislation that would modify a pilot program created in 2008 to place veterans with these severe injuries in residential living programs. About 200 veterans have participated in the program, including a number of New Hampshire veterans who were treated at Robin Hill Farm, a community-based center in Hillsboro that provides brain injury rehabilitation services." ("Ayotte, Shaheen Support Bill For Injured Veterans, The Associated Press, 12/17/14)

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Better Study And Prevent Sudden Death In Infants. (S. 2746, "Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement And Awareness Act," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 7/31/14)

 

Ayotte Introduced Bipartisan Legislation To Improve Mental Health Training and Resources In Communities. (S. 153, "Mental Health First Aid Act Of 2013," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 1/24/13; S. 711, "Mental Health First Aid Act Of 2015," Ayotte Sponsored, Introduced 3/11/15)

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Stop Acts Of Mass Violence Before They Happen By Addressing Mental Illness. (S. 993, "Comprehensive Justice And Mental Health Act Of 2015," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 4/16/15)

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Increase Awareness of Mental Health Issues. (S. 689, "Mental Health Awareness And Improvement Act Of 2013," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 4/9/13)

 

Ayotte Voted To Keep Student Loan Interest Rates Low. "Passage of the bill that would set federal student loan interest rates issued after July 1, 2013 to the Treasury Department's 10-year borrowing rate, plus 2.05 percent for subsidized and unsubsidized undergraduate loans, 3.6 percent for graduate loans and 4.6 percent for PLUS loans. The loan rates would be capped at 8.25 percent, 9.5percent and 10.5 percent, respectively. It would require the Government Accountability Office to submit a report to Congress within four months detailing the federal government's cost of administering the student loan program and recommendations to avoid generating additional revenue from the program." (H.R. 1911, Roll Call Vote #185, Bill Passed 81-18, 7/24/13, Ayotte Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted Against An Amendment That Would Allow Companies To Keep Polluting The Air. "Toomey, R-Pa., amendment no. 41 to the Murkowski, R-Alaska, substitute amendment no. 2. The Toomey amendment would exempt power plants that burn coal waste from an EPA rule on general emission limitations issued in August, 2011 or any subsequent rule on the matter."(S. Amdt 41 To S. Amdt 2 To S. 1, Roll Call Vote #9, Amendment Rejected 54-45, 1/21/15, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted To Reject Allowing Exemptions From Mercury And Air Toxin Standards. "Coats, R-Ind., amendment no. 514 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation regarding executive branch decisions to issue presidential exemptions from EPA's hazardous air toxins standards, including mercury..." (S. Amdt 514 To S. Con. Res 8, Roll Call Vote #72, Amendment Rejected 46-53, 3/22/13, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted To Approve New Mercury And Air Toxin Standards. "McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify the EPA rule regarding the establishment of Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for certain utilities." (S. J Res 37, Roll Call Vote #139, Motion To Proceed Rejected 46-53, 6/20/12, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Crossed Party Lines to Vote in Support of the Cross State Air Pollution Rule. "McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify the EPA rule regarding regulation of cross-state air pollution." (S. J Res 27, Roll Call Vote #201, Motion To Proceed Rejected 41-56, 11/10/11, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted To Permanently Reauthorize The Land And Water Conservation Fund. "Burr, R-N.C., amendment no. 92, as modified, that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It would also require that at least 1.5 percent of funds be made available each fiscal year for projects that secure public access to federal land for fishing, hunting and other recreational purposes." (S. Amdt 92, To S. Amdt 2 To S. 1, Roll Call Vote #43, Amendment Rejected 59-39, 1/29/15, Ayotte Voted Yea; CQ Summary Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted To Move Forward On Renewable Energy. "Udall, D-N.M., amendment no. 77 that would establish a national renewable electricity standard. The amendment would set a goal for 25 percent of U.S. electricity generation to come from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, ocean, tidal, geothermal energy, biomass, landfill gas, incremental hydropower or hydrokinetic energy by 2025." (S. Amdt 77 To S. 1, Roll Call Vote #44, Amendment Rejected 45-53, 1/29/15, Ayotte Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted Against Repealing The Forest Legacy Program. "Lee, R-Utah., amendment no. 2313 that would repeal the Forest Service's Forest Legacy Program. The program provides funds in support of state, regional and local efforts to preserve privately-owned forest land and prevent development." (S. Amdt 2313 To S. 3240, Roll Call Vote #147, Amendment Rejected 21-77, 6/20/12, Ayotte Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Voted To Fund The Restoration Of Natural Resources. "Nelson, D-Fla., amendment no. 1822 that would direct 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to a trust fund for Gulf Coast restoration. It also would authorize $1.4 billion for the Land and Water Conservation Fund over two years." (S. Amdt 1822 To S. 1813, Roll Call Vote #32, Amendment Agreed To 76-22, 3/8/12, Ayotte Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/29/15)

 

Ayotte Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Promote Energy Efficiency. (S.1191, "Better Buildings Act," Ayotte Introduced, 6/19/13; S. 535, "Energy Efficiency Improvement Act Of 2015," Ayotte Co-Sponsored, Introduced 2/23/15; Provisions of Better Buildings Act included in S. 535  and became Public Law 114-11)

 

Ayotte Sponsored Bipartisan Legislation To Ensure That Death Benefits For Fallen Service Members Are Not Subject To Federal Taxes. (S. 322, "Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act," Ayotte Sponsored, Introduced 1/29/15, became Public Law 114-14)

 

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Thursday
Apr302015

NHDP - US Sen. Kelly Ayotte Sides with D.C. Republican Leadership

GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Introduces Bill to Extend NSA’s Bulk Data Collection Authorities, Ayotte Immediately Throws Her Support Behind D.C. GOP Leadership
 

Concord, N.H. – Following Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s introduction of a bill to extend the NSA’s bulk data collection program, which has come under fire from both sides ofthe aisle, Kelly Ayotte wasted no time in throwing her support behind her party’s Washington leadership and against the privacy of New Hampshire citizens.
 
When asked about reigning in the NSA’s bulk data collection program, Kelly Ayotte told Politico yesterday, “I don’t think eliminating this type of program is the right direction for us to go right now.”

“As Republican leadership pushes to extend the NSA’s authority to collect bulk data on Granite Staters without oversight or accountability, Kelly Ayotte is once again focused on following her party’s Washington leadership and advancing her national interests, not representing the people of New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Granite Staters value our privacy and it’s time for Ayotte to stop siding with her party’s leadership against the interests of New Hampshire.”
 
Ayotte’s comments fit a pattern of siding with her party’s leadership against the privacy rights of New Hampshire’s citizens, including her vote against the bipartisan USA Freedom Act that would have ended NSA’s bulk collection of domestic telephone and Internet metadata. 
 
Ayotte has also voted repeatedly against measures to increase disclosure and congressional oversight of government surveillance programs, even opposing one amendment that simply would have required the Director Of National Intelligence to report to Congress the number of domestic communications obtained under the 2008 foreign surveillance law.
 
BACKGROUND
 
Ayotte Voted Against Bipartisan USA Freedom Act That Would Have Ended NSA’s Bulk Collection Of Domestic Telephone And Internet Metadata. In November 2014, Ayotte voted against a: “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to the bill that would prohibit the bulk collection of domestic telephone and Internet metadata by intelligence agencies. It would allow intelligence agencies to query data held by telephone companies if the government can demonstrate the search is needed to fight terrorism. Under the bill, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court would be required to authorize data collection, except in defined emergencies, and appoint a special panel to oversee individual privacy and civil liberties. It also would increase the amount of information service providers can report to the public.” The motion was rejected 58-42. [S.2685, Vote 282, 11/18/14]
 
Ayotte Voted Against Three Amendments To Increase Disclosure And Congressional Oversight Of Government Surveillance Programs:
  • Ayotte Voted Against Requiring Director Of National Intelligence To Report To Congress Number Of Domestic Communications Obtained Under 2008 Foreign Surveillance Law. [S.Amdt. 3439 to H.R. 5949, Vote 235, 12/28/12]
  • Ayotte Voted Against Requiring The Government To Disclose FISA Court Decisions, Orders, Or Opinions On Surveillance Requests Unless Disclosure Was Not In U.S. National Security Interests.  [S.Amdt. 3435 to H.R. 5949, Vote 233, 12/27/12]
  • Ayotte Voted Against Adding Oversight Protections To FISA Bill And Shortening Reauthorization From Five Years To Three.  [S,Amdt. 3437 to H.R. 5949, Vote 232, 12/27/12]
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Wednesday
Dec242014

NH House - House Deputy Majority Leader Named 

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Six New House Members Also Sworn In

 

Concord—Speaker of the NH House Shawn Jasper added another member to his leadership team today with the naming of Rep. Steve Schmidt (r-Wolfeboro) as the Deputy Majority Leader to Rep. Jack Flanagan (r-Brookline). Schmidt, retired as a Directior at Verizon Communications, is entering his third term as a member of the NH Legislature.  “I am honored to be asked to join the leadership team that Speaker Jasper has put together,” said Schmidt. “I look forward to working with Majority Leader Flanagan as we move forward.  I know progress has already been made following a successful caucus. We have established a list of goals and I am anxious to get to work with our members in helping to move our agenda forward in the House,” he added.

 

Rep. Flanagan cited Schmidt’s strong business background as just one asset that he brings to the team. “Rep. Schmidt’s  commitment to bringing forth a strong budget without no new taxes, his interests in education and in developing a strong business environment in New Hampshire will make him an invaluable member of our leadership team,” said Flanagan.

 

Six new members of the New Hampshire Legislature, who could not be in attendance on oganization day, were sworn in today by Governor Maggie Hassan prior to the Executive Countil meeting.  Christopher Adams (R-Brookline) and Jason Parent (R-Northfield) were sworn in for the first time as members of the legislature.  Incumbents who took the oath this morning included Virginia Irwin (D-Newport); Richard Barry (R-Merrimack); Gary Hopper (R-Weare); and Ted Rokas (D-Manchester).

 

The NH House will convene for its first session on January 7, 2015.

 

Friday
Jun272014

NH House Republican Leader Reacts to NH Ranking 30 th in CNBC’s Top States for Business 

Concord- House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) released the following statement in reaction to CNBC’s recently published ranking of the top states to do business. CNBC ranked New Hampshire 30th in the nation to do business, slipping from 27th in 2013.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“New Hampshire’s strength has always been attracting and retaining business. This should serve as a red flag that the next legislature must work diligently to improve New Hampshire’s business climate in order to ensure the high ranking we enjoyed in previous years. Republicans have fought back as the current majority sought to suspend several business initiatives that were passed by the previous legislature, however the majority continued to over spend and over regulate businesses in New Hampshire causing us to slip from 19th to 27th in 2013 and 27th to 30th in 2014. This is unacceptable.”

“There should be a serious focus on making this state more business friendly. We should be meeting with businesses to see what they need to thrive in New Hampshire, and not pass laws based on what we think they need. We need to compete regionally and nationally in order for businesses to locate, grow and create jobs here in New Hampshire. Our long term economic viability depends on it.”

Thursday
Jun262014

Garcia For Congress - ICYMI: Gary Lambert’s Not a Leader, He's a Follower 

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Hi all -- in case you missed it, the below article came out today on Gary Lambert's history of "progressive" energy policies and his involvement in Building America’s Future, "an organization dedicated to a larger government that invests taxpayer dollars in infrastructure."

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Gary Lambert’s Not a Leader, He’s a Follower


Does New Hampshire Second (NH02) US House Candidate Gary Lambert Even Know What He Stands For?

As a candidate for the US House, former state senator Gary Lambert fails to offer the voters of the New Hampshire Second a clear and concise message about where he stands on many issues; most notably cap-and-trade and reducing the size of government.

In 2011, the New Hampshire Journal interviewed Lambert, who was elected in 2010, and asked him what he was enjoying most about being a state senator; he replied:

"Well I’ve really enjoyed being on Energy and Natural Resources Committee. That’s one of the committees I wanted to be on. I’m really passionate about energy and natural resources. To have an impact on that, there are only five senators on that committee like most committees; and I’ve really enjoyed working on that and dealing with those issues."

Watch the video of the Lambert’s entire response.
 

Lambert voted like a progressive on energy and natural resources

Let’s examine Lambert’s “passion for energy and natural resources”, by looking at his voting record to see how it squares with his commitment to smaller government, and the interests of the people of the Granite State.

First, Lambert voted against HB 519, which would have repealed New Hampshire’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-trade program. This vote clearly favored bigger government and special interests, and ignored the negative consequence of skyrocketing energy costs for New Hampshire residents.

Then, when presented with an opportunity to reevaluate his position on RGGI, he doubled down on his original position in dramatic fashion. Republicans needed just one more vote to override the governor’s veto and repeal the RGGI, but Senator Lambert cast the deciding vote on SB 154 to uphold the veto and leave the onerous RGGI in place.

So despite a high-profile opportunity to acknowledge that his position had evolved, or that he’d had a change of heart, or that he’d been presented with irrefutable evidence of the damaging impact of the RGGI, Gary Lambert stood his ground, which just happened to be the same territory occupied by progressives.


Lambert voted to increase government spending

The other thing Lambert enjoyed early in his term was joining Michael Bloomberg, Ed Rendell and a host of others in Building America’s Future, an organization dedicated to a larger government that invests taxpayer dollars in infrastructure.

Lambert remains a member to this day, where the co-chairs are now Bloomberg, Rendell and Barack Obama’s former Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood.

You can sum up the Building America’s Future message with this quote from AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumpka:

"Federal investment in infrastructure is the necessary catalyst for future economic growth and to enable the private sector to effectively compete in the global economy. This investment is long overdue."

Of course by “investment” they really mean “spending,” so clearly this is an organization dedicated to increasing the size of government, and Lambert didn’t just join, he worked hard to help Building America’s Future achieve that mission by voting for big government spending multiple times.

He voted against HB 218, which would have repealed the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority. The NHRTA was established in 2007 to study and oversee the development of a commuter and passenger rail in New Hampshire. It is estimated that developing a rail system in New Hampshire would cost over $300 million initially, and between $8 million and $10 million a year to maintain. The bill to repeal the NHRTA was passed by both the Senate and the House but vetoed by the Governor. It then fell short of the votes necessary for a veto override.

By voting against repeal, Lambert ignored common sense and his stated commitment to trim excess spending, and instead actively supported government expansion.

He also voted against HB 540, which would have required vehicle inspections every two years, instead of annually. Supporters of the bill maintained that it would save the people of New Hampshire $11 million per year and would eliminate unnecessary government waste. They also claimed that annual inspections have been ineffective and unnecessary because they have no positive impact on auto safety. Finally, they pointed out that 30 other states don’t even mandate auto inspection.

But despite supporters’ best efforts, the bill passed in the House, but was deemed inexpedient to the legislature in the Senate, again thanks in part to Lambert’s vote.

Lambert then went on to vote against HB 629, which would have repealed the uninsured health care database. In doing so, he voted to protect an intrusive, costly, and dangerous system that placed an unnecessary burden on hospitals, and captured the social security numbers of patients in a government database without their knowledge or approval. He once again ignored patient interests and privacy rights while simultaneously showing his true colors as a defender of big government spending.

Are these votes consistent with the motto, “Live Free or Die?” We think not.

In fact, these votes are far more aligned with a progressive agenda that embraces, even extols, increasing spending at taxpayer expense (ostensibly for their own good, of course).

Five votes, five chances to demonstrate clearly that he stood with conservatives, and Granite Staters, and he failed miserably. On the contrary, his voting record made an irrefutable statement that his “passion” is for opposing the very ideals and New Hampshire constituents he claims to champion.

Today, just three years later, Lambert is a candidate for the GOP nomination in the Second Congressional District desperate to make up for his votes with hollow words and actions. In what appears to be a very hastily completed form, Lambert has signed a pledge from Americans for Prosperity denouncing support for climate change legislation like RGGI and cap-and-trade.

Following that, his campaign whisked out a press release with the following statement:

"Today, I promise the people of the 2nd District that I will not support any climate change legislation that raises taxes,” said Lambert. “New Hampshire has some of the highest energy prices in the country and right now, working families and small businesses are struggling to make ends meet. One of the worst things government could do at a time like this is restrict energy production and increase costs. And yet, that’s exactly what President Obama has done. Instead of more government regulation and red-tape, we need an all-of-the-above American energy strategy in order to remain competitive globally and create jobs domestically.”

We notice a couple of problems with all this: first, Lambert himself created those restrictions in production and increases in costs when he cast his aforementioned votes; second, AFP has not pushed this pledge at all in this election cycle.

In fact, AFP State Director, Greg Moore, said:

“It’s still on our website which is no doubt where Gary saw it. We aren’t pushing it this year frankly because there is no appetite on Capitol Hill these days for a carbon tax even from the far left. From our perspective we are glad he signed it, but it doesn’t change his record of voting in favor of RGGI and against blocking low carbon fuel standards.”

Furthermore, Gary Lambert has not renounced his membership in Building America’s Future and his association with the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Ed Rendell and Ray LaHood.

Does the Lambert campaign really believe this obvious attempt to obfuscate his record will resonate with voters? The voters may not have spoken yet, but one of New Hampshire’s largest newspapers has weighed in, and they seem to see through the ruse.

The Union Leader recently opined:

Gary Lambert, running for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 2nd District, last week signed Americans for Prosperity’s pledge not to support any energy policy that results in increased revenue to the government.

This is the same Gary Lambert who, as a state senator, voted for RGGI, which raises energy prices so the government can distribute the extra money to energy conservation projects the government likes.

When New Hampshire had a chance to remove itself from this wealth redistribution scheme, Lambert was one of the Republicans who voted to keep us in it.

In 2011, Lambert defended RGGI, saying the increased electricity costs were justified. He made the same defense in an interview with The Telegraph of Nashua last September. Now he repudiates that position, which he has held for years.

What a difference running in a competitive primary can make in a candidate’s views.

We would add that actions speak far louder than words; that Lambert’s recent actions are political posturing, at best, and a poor attempt to deceive the voters, at worst. Even if we were to write it off to a confused or mixed message, his voting record carries more weight than a defunct pledge and a press release.

New Hampshire voters can’t risk their futures on a candidate like Gary Lambert. He is far too willing to say whatever he must to get elected, and that is hazardous, even potentially devastating, to their best interests. For a case in point, look no further than Annie Kuster’s first-term in the US House.

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