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NRSC - Union Leader Endorses Ayotte for Senate

Ayotte for Senate: From AG to DC

Union Leader


October 14, 2010

Getting to know former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte during her years of public service, we have found her to be a thoughtful and exceptionally capable person. Those who underestimated her often wound up regretting it later. We expect a lot of people in Washington will make that same mistake should she become the next U.S. senator from New Hampshire.

In 2004, Ayotte was named attorney general at just 36 years old. At that age, some people might have played it safe or shrunk from taking on highly challenging tasks. Not Ayotte. She pulled off the remarkable achievement of securing back-to-back murder convictions, even trying one of the cases personally. She also ably defended New Hampshire's parental notification law before the U.S. Supreme Court and earned the respect of both parties.

Rep. Paul Hodes, challenging Ayotte for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Judd Gregg, has seen Ayotte's record and realized that she has a much easier time defending hers than he has defending his. So he's doing everything he can to make voters believe things about her that aren't true.

But the voters aren't buying Hodes' lies about Ayotte. The people of New Hampshire can see that Ayotte is a centrist Republican, not the scary extremist Hodes desperately claims she is. They can see, too, that she has handled herself well in her first run for public office. She has weathered all sorts of vicious personal attacks, from both Republicans and Democrats, with grace and surprising cheerfulness, traits that will serve her well in the rough-and-tumble world of Washington.

Kelly Ayotte is our choice for U.S. Senate, and we expect that on Nov. 2 she will be the choice of most New Hampshire voters, too.


NRSC - New Non-Partisan Report: Hodes Massive Health Care Overhaul Slams New Hampshire Seniors With Higher Costs

Granite State Seniors Face Higher Costs, Lost Coverage Thanks To Liberal Paul Hodes’ Costly, Partisan Health Spending Bill

WASHINGTON – With just 20 days until Election Day, a new report by the non-partisan Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reveals that President Obama and liberal U.S. Representative Paul Hodes’ (D-NH) costly, unpopular health care overhaul will cut Medicare benefits for New Hampshire seniors and endanger seniors’ health coveragebreaking a key promise made to voters as Democrats attempted to sell their massive health spending bill.

As Politico reports:

A Medicare official concedes that seniors may have to dig deeper into their wallets next year thanks to the health care law. The new analysis obtained by POLITICO finds the health care overhaul will result in increased out-of-pocket costs for seniors on Medicare Advantage plans. Richard Foster, the actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, also tells Senate Republicans that the overhaul will result in “less generous benefit packages” for Medicare Advantage plans next year. Foster is independent from the administration and non-partisanRepublicans say dramatic changes to the program mean some seniors won’t be able to keep their plans – a promise President Barack Obama made during the reform debate – and the GOP has made the issue part of its attempt to roll back the health law.

In addition to cutting Medicare by $500 billion, reducing benefits and raising costs for seniors, Hodes’ costly, unpopular overhaul endangers jobs and could strip more than one million other Americans of their health coverage.

This non-partisan report confirms that liberal Paul Hodes’ costly, unpopular health care overhaul will hurt New Hampshire seniors—so why won’t Hodes just admit that he was wrong to ram it into law?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “As his health spending bill slams Granite State families with higher costs and puts their coverage at risk, voters are reminded once again that Hodes has consistently put his own reckless, partisan agenda ahead of their best interests in Washington.”

Background Information:

Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) Voted For The Democrats’ Massive Health Care Overhaul. (H.R. 3590, CQ Vote # 165: Motion agreed to 219-212: R 0-178; D 219-34, 3/21/10, Hodes Voted Yea; H.R. 4872, CQ Vote # 167: Passed 220-211: R 0-178; D 220-33, 3/21/10, Hodes Voted Yea)

Hodes Claimed The Health Care Reform Bill Would Lower Costs. (Albert McKeon, “Questions On Care Shift Jobs Focus,” The [Nashua, NH] Telegraph, 4/7/10

NRSC Website


NRSC - Union Leader - Hidin' Hodes: A man afraid of the people

NOTE: Hidin' Hodes doesn't show up for the work we've hired him to do in Congress, won't tell us where he was or why he was absent, won't honestly debate his opponent and won't hold town hall meetings back home for fear we'll yell at him. Yet he has the nerve to ask us to trust him with one of our two votes in the U.S. Senate? How dumb does he think the people of New Hampshire are?'+Hodes:+A+man+afraid+of+the+people&articleId=fa25d2ce-5e6a-4e54-ae94-5f84f916c618


Hidin' Hodes: A man afraid of the people

Union Leader


October 13, 2010


There are a lot of things Rep. Paul Hodes doesn't want you to know. For starters, where he was on July 22.


At a debate on Monday, Hodes' Republican opponent for U.S. Senate, Kelly Ayotte, asked him where he was during the July 22 House vote on unemployment benefits, which he missed. He refused to answer. The day after the vote, there was a conference of left-wing bloggers in Las Vegas. Some who were there blogged of their encounters with Hodes. But he still won't tell the voters of his own state where he was during the vote.


Hodes also wants to hide from the voters the actual person he's running against. At Monday's debate, he was asked a great question: What's the worst thing that would happen if your opponent were to be elected? He couldn't come up with an answer. So he started talking about Republican U.S. Senate candidates in other states. He rambled on about Rand Paul of Kentucky and Christine O'Donnell of Delaware. Having nothing he could pin on Kelly Ayotte, his real-life opponent right here in New Hampshire, he tried guilt by association.


He does the same thing when he goes on and on and on in speeches, debates and ads about "special interests" and "big corporations." Granite Staters might think from listening to Hodes that his opponent is some hoofed beast called SpecialinterestsAndbigcorporations.


Hidin' Hodes doesn't show up for the work we've hired him to do in Congress, won't tell us where he was or why he was absent, won't honestly debate his opponent and won't hold town hall meetings back home for fear we'll yell at him. Yet he has the nerve to ask us to trust him with one of our two votes in the U.S. Senate? How dumb does he think the people of New Hampshire are?


DSCC - Politico - Hodes zeroes in on Ayotte e-mails 

Politico - Hodes zeroes in on Ayotte e-mails

By: David Catanese

October 12, 2010


With polls showing him finally closing within single digits in the New Hampshire Senate contest, Rep. Paul Hodes is returning to a familiar target in his race against Republican Kelly Ayotte: her e-mail account.


Hodes is seizing on an e-mail exchange between Ayotte and her political adviser Rob Varsalone four years ago that he says shows their politicization of a murder case as they discussed her Senate ambitions.


In an initial e-mail with the subject line, “Get Ready to Run,” Varsalone explains to Ayotte the political landscape in the Granite State’s 2nd Congressional District, predicting that Rep. Charlie Bass would likely lose to Hodes.


“Have you been following the last 2 weeks?,” Ayotte responded to Varsalone on Oct. 27, 2006. “A police officer was killed and I announced that I would seek the death penalty?”


Replying the next morning to Ayotte’s state e-mail account, Varsalone wrote, “I know, I read about it. Where does AG Ayotte stand on the Death Penalty? BY THE SWITCH.”


Hodes brought up the e-mail exchange in a debate with Ayotte Monday, and asked whether she thought it was wrong to discuss the death of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs in a political context.


Ayotte said she handled the case with the “utmost integrity” and explained that deciding whether to seek the death penalty in the case of a police officer was one of the most serious decisions she ever made as attorney general.


“E-mails that were sent back and forth from someone who I have known for a long time, who is a friend, who I don’t necessarily agree with everything he wrote in the e-mail, but I can tell you that to me, the 30,000 e-mails that were produced of the time that I have served as attorney general, I’m proud of my record as attorney general,” she said. “I take my duties very seriously, and only base my decisions on the facts of the case, and feel that the appropriate thing to do in that case was how that case was pursued.”


In a post-debate appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Hodes said it was “stunning” that Ayotte would attempt to use the case of a fallen police officer to further her political ambitions.


“She wasn’t above using a murder case and a death penalty case as a springboard for her personal, political ambitions,” he said. “This is cold, this is ruthless, this is a politician who’s planning to run for years and wants the people of New Hampshire to believe she’s something else.”


The Hodes campaign, which is calling on Ayotte to remove Varsalone from her campaign and plans to continue to hammer the issue, contends the e-mails are even more relevant because Ayotte uses the death penalty case in her television ads to promote her candidacy.


“Justice was done. And Kelly’s the one who did it,” says Briggs’s mother, Maryann Briggs, in an ad that ran in August.


Earlier this summer, the Hodes campaign attempted to make an issue out of other Ayotte e-mails related to Financial Resources Mortgage (FRM), accusing her of failing to detect large-scale fraud involving the company. An open records request for Ayotte’s e-mails and calendars related to the case proved unsuccessful because much of the records were deleted. The legality of deleting e-mails in the state attorney general’s office is now the subject of a state lawsuit.


A Rasmussen Reports survey of 750 likely voters released Monday showed Ayotte holding a 7-point lead over Hodes.


Len Britton for US Senate VT - John McCain to Campaign with Britton 

Please Join

Senator John McCain


 Len Britton

Republican U.S. Senate Nominee

Tuesday, October 19th

for a Private Reception


Veterans Rally


 We welcome you to invite friends and family to these exciting events!


  Private Reception                                 Britton for Vermont Veterans Rally
  Time: 11:45 – 1:00 PM                            Time: 1:30 – 2:45 PM
  Holiday Inn                                               Atlantic Aviation Hangar
  1068 Williston Road                                 1130 Airport Drive
  Burlington, VT 05401                               Burlington, VT 05403

  *Tickets $125.00 per person includes      * Admission is Free  
   light refreshments                                      Doors will open at 12:45 p.m.
  Doors will open at 11:00 a.m.


Please RSVP by Sunday, October 17th to 802-772-7094

Additional Information or questions, please call 802-282-9517