Sep 28, 2015 5:32 PM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD – The leading outside group backing Democratic Senate candidates and incumbents up for re-election is targeting GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte in the showdown over a possible government shutdown.
“When it comes to government shutdowns and women’s healthcare, Kelly Ayotte’s record is very clear, complete with multiple votes to shutdown the government and defund Planned Parenthood,” writes Senate Majority PAC communications director Shripal Shah, in a new memo obtained Monday by NH1 News.
“Her new election cycle rhetoric is directly at odds with reality, and Ayotte’s attempt to deceive voters proves that she can’t be trusted,” Shah adds.
Shah goes on to say that “Ayotte has repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood and twice voted against legislation to keep the government up and running.”
The former New Hampshire attorney general and first-term Republican senator, who could face a difficult re-election next year, supports defunding Planned Parenthood, which is largest national provider of reproductive health services, including abortion. The organization’s come under renewed attacks from conservatives following the release this summer by an anti-abortion group of a number of secretly recorded and edited videos that highlighted hired actors talking with Planned Parenthood officials about acquiring tissue samples from aborted fetuses.
In an interview last week with NH1 News, Ayotte said that “the videos that have been revealed that show very disturbing practices of officials at Planned Parenthood harvesting both the organs and parts of unborn babies is very disturbing to many Americans including myself and I believe their practices should be investigated.”
“I’ve also supported re-directing the money from Planned Parenthood to community health centers to provide for women’s health care. And so this is an important to debate to have, but not when it comes to shutting down the government,” she added.
While Ayotte opposed continued federal funding for Planned Parenthood, she took on some fellow Republicans who advocated adding the funding bill to wider legislation that would fund the entire federal government. Last week she put out a letter to one of the ringleaders of that drive, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who’s running for the GOP presidential nomination.
“My point is this. We know what the votes are. There aren’t enough votes to pass this. And it’s time to address funding the government and not get to the precipice of shutting the government down again,” Ayotte said.
But Senate Majority PAC doesn’t buy Ayotte’s argument.
“Together these facts paint a clear picture of a politician trying to paper over her own record with the hopes that people don’t notice. But the facts remain clear: Ayotte has had multiple opportunities to do the right thing on behalf women’s healthcare and the economy and she repeatedly sided with a small minority in opposition. Each time, her positions could have resulted in disastrous consequences,” wrote Shah.
Earlier this month Senate Majority PAC went up with its first paid TV spots in the Granite State this cycle, criticizing Ayotte as a tool of special interests.
Ayotte’s record on female issues could be in the spotlight as she gears up for re-election. But Ayotte says that’s a fight she welcomes, telling NH1 News that “my record on supporting women’s health has been very strong. I have been fighting to make sure that women have more access to mammograms, supported to more access to contraception, more research funding for cancer.. this is an important issue to me”
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Shripal Shah, Senate Majority PAC
DATE: September 28, 2015
RE: New Hampshire Can’t Trust Kelly Ayotte’s Rhetoric
Now that she’s running for re-election, Kelly Ayotte is trying to rewrite her record and hoping people across New Hampshire don’t notice. But when it comes to government shutdowns and women’s healthcare, Kelly Ayotte’s record is very clear, complete with multiple votes to shutdown the government and defund Planned Parenthood. Her new election cycle rhetoric is directly at odds with reality, and Ayotte’s attempt to deceive voters proves that she can’t be trusted.
THE FACTS: In Washington, Ayotte has repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood and twice voted against legislation to keep the government up and running. If Kelly Ayotte had her way, the consequences for women across the country and our economy as a whole would’ve been disastrous.
WOMEN’S HEALTHCARE: Less than three months after taking office, Ayotte voted for a Republican plan that blocked federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The National Women’s Law Center noted at the time that the legislation Ayotte supported would have eliminated funding for “ALL federal funding from Planned Parenthood--part of a targeted campaign to shut down health centers that serve three million women each year and that jeopardizes women’s access to basic, preventive health care.”
One month later Ayotte again voted to defund Planned Parenthood in a resolution tied to a government funding measure. That resolution specifically noted, in reference to the legislation making its way through Congress, that none of the resources in the government funding bill “may be made available for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. or any affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.” Then, just last month, Ayotte for a third time voted for legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood, this time when she supported a stand-alone bill introduced by Tea Party Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to “prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.”
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS: When it comes to shutting down the government, Ayotte’s hypocrisy is similarly inexcusable. In September of 2012, Ayotte voted against a bill to keep the government funded and open through March of 2013. The bill ultimately passed with bipartisan support, but Ayotte sided with a minority of Senators in opposing the effort.
When the funding in that legislation was set to expire months later, Ayotte again voted no on legislation to fund the government – this time siding with an even smaller minority of senators blocking the effort to keep the federal government up and running.
THE TAKEAWAY: Together these facts paint a clear picture of a politician trying to paper over her own record with the hopes that people don’t notice. But the facts remain clear: Ayotte has had multiple opportunities to do the right thing on behalf women’s healthcare and the economy and she repeatedly sided with a small minority in opposition. Each time, her positions could have resulted in disastrous consequences.
Ayotte’s rhetoric and her attempts to mislead voters are very obvious and transparent. Polling already shows that her record is at odds with the overwhelming majority of New Hampshire voters, especially when it comes to Planned Parenthood funding, so her rhetoric on women’s healthcare and government funding should be seen for what it is: political maneuvering solely designed to mislead voters. As a result, New Hampshire voters are learning they can’t trust what she says.
2 hours 3 minutes agoPolice are investigating the possibility that a missing teen was swept into a storm drain in the night during heavy rain. (More)
3 hours 26 minutes agoPolice deployed a bomb squad and robot to investigate a suspicious package that appeared outside a Walmart on Lowell Road on Saturday. (More)
7 hours 39 minutes agoBelle Bowers, the mother of Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, has died. She was 94. (More)
11 hours 37 minutes agoNashua fire responded to over 50 calls in just a three hour period due to the heavy rainfall on Friday. (More)
Oct 21, 2016 4:05 PMBoston officials say a water main gave way in the city's South End neighborhood, flooding a trench and killing two workers. (More)
Oct 21, 2016 2:24 PMWith 18 days to go until Election Day, an average of the latest public opinion surveys in New Hampshire indicates Hillary Clinton with an...