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First on NH1 News: Ayotte goes up with new TV ad that highlights law enforcement support

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s re-election campaign is going up on television statewide in New Hampshire with a new commercial that highlight’s the Republican senator’s support from some in New Hampshire’s law enforcement community, NH1 News has learned.

The ad’s appearance on TV comes a week after a national organization that supports tougher gun laws started running a spot in the Granite State that highlighted Ayotte’s votes against bills that it says would have closed loopholes in existing gun background check laws.

It appears that the Ayotte campaign is spending six figures to run the new commercial, which it first released last week as an internet ad. Among the stations that the spot is running is WBIN-TV, home of NH1 News.

“When you see those false ads attacking Kelly Ayotte, remember the truth. Kelly’s voted for background checks, with more prosecutions and tougher penalties on criminals,” Atkinson Police Chief Al Brackett said in the ad.

“Kelly supports common sense solutions that protect our constitution rights while making New Hampshire safer,” Brackett added.

Retired Nashua Police Chief Don Conley said that “Kelly voted to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.”

And Berlin Police Chief Peter Morency highlighted that Kelly’s a leader in closing gaps in the mental health system.”

The spot also includes retired Mont Vernon Police Chief Kyle Aspinwall saying “as our attorney general, Kelly prosecuted murders. She’s earned our trust.”

Last week Americans for Responsible Solutions went up with a new TV ad that said “Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted against more background checks. She stands with the Washington gun lobby. They fund her campaign.”

The group was founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly. Giffords, a three-term Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, was severely injured in a January 2011 mass shooting in Tucson that left six others dead and 13 injured.

As Ayotte’s campaign was putting its internet ad up on broadcast TV, Americans for Responsible solutions struck back. In a new digital spot, the group says Ayotte is “trying again to hide her vote from Granite Staters.”

The video says that three years ago the NRA “helped hide her vote” against strengthening background checks.

Ayotte, a former state attorney general, was elected to the Senate in 2010. She’s being challenged this year as she runs for re-election by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. The contest is one of the most high profile, expensive and negative Senate races in the country.


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