Sep 27, 2016 5:00 AM

First on NH1 News: For second straight week, pro-GOP group targets Hassan in new TV ad

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD -- A pro-Republican outside group that’s supporting Sen. Kelly Ayotte in her re-election bid is going up Tuesday with a new television commercial on New Hampshire airwaves that criticizes the GOP senator’s Democratic challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan.

The ad by the Granite State Solutions PAC titled “Bad Judgement” slams Hassan’s record in the Corner Office. It was first reported by NH1 News.

“Does Maggie Hassan have the right priorities to be our senator?” asks the narrator in the commercial.

The narrator then goes on to say “in Concord she supported massive increases in spending, taxes, and fees. And Hassan has shown bad judgement on serious national security issues, supporting the Iranian nuclear deal that released billions to a leading sponsor of terrorism. Voting to allow sanctuary cities, which protect illegal immigrants convicted of dangerous crimes. Maggie Hassan: Bad judgement, wrong priorities.”

The group tells NH1 News their fourth ad of the autumn is part of a $15.8 million dollar buy and that the spot will run in the Boston/Manchester (including WBIN-TV television home of NH1 News), Portland and Burlington TV markets, which blanket New Hampshire. They add that there's also a digital component.

Granite State Solutions works in partnership with the Senate Leadership Fund. That’s the super PAC allied with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, which works hand in hand with the pro-Republican One Nation and Crossroads GPS advocacy groups.

Last week, responding to a previous ad by Granite State Solutions, the Hassan campaign fired back, saying "Kelly Ayotte’s corporate special interest backers are throwing the kitchen sink of false attacks at Governor Hassan in an attempt to distort the Governor’s record of getting results for hard-working Granite Staters and working across party lines to keep New Hampshire safe and secure."

The showdown between Ayotte and Hassan is one of the most high profile, expensive, and negative U.S. Senate races in the country. And third party groups have spent around $50 million so far to run mostly negative TV ads in the race.

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