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Sep 23, 2016 12:56 PM

Dartmouth-Hitchcock layoffs become political ad fodder

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER (AP) — Planned layoffs at a New Hampshire health care provider are now political fodder in the U.S. Senate battle between Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

READ: Sununu, Van Ostern, face off over Dartmouth Hitchcock contract at Executive Council meeting

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is airing an ad slamming Hassan for her handling of a $36.5 million contract with Dartmouth-Hitchcock to run the state's psychiatric hospital. Dartmouth-Hitchcock announced layoffs days after winning the contract. Officials have provided few details but say the layoffs won't affect the state hospital.

Prior to the layoffs, a handful of employees left the state hospital due to a contract dispute with Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

The ad features nurse practitioner Victoria Cronin saying Hassan's handling of the contract shows she's "inept" or "corrupt."

Hassan's campaign says the NRSC has been "discredited" for its earlier ads on the heroin crisis.

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