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Feb 26, 2015 4:21 PM

Kevin Landrigan: Sen. Kelly Ayotte not on the CPAC speaking list, NH Democrats notice


CONCORD - State Democrats mocked Sen. Kelly Ayotte's decision not to appear before the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of the influential, right-wing group.

NH1 News first reported in state that Ayotte along with a few, other vulnerable Republican senators were not on the long program of speakers.

"While Ayotte may not be attending CPAC again this year, it's clear that she's still working overtime to appeal to the extremists in her party as we saw over the past weeks with her repeated votes to play politics with DHS funding," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.

Late Wednesday, Ayotte joined with almost every other senator to approve a homeland security money bill without a rider trying to block President Obama's actions on immigration.

House Speaker John Boehner has to decide by Saturday at midnight whether the House will approve even a stopgap spending bill before money runs out.

Ayotte spoke to the CPAC conference in 2013 and this year's list includes many possible candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

"Kelly Ayotte will soon find out that skipping a conference won't make Granite Staters forget that she has fought for the anti-middle class, far-right agenda ever since she was endorsed by Sarah Palin in the Republican primary," Buckley added.

Spokeswomen for Ayotte's office declined to respond to requests for comment on the controversy.


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