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Oct 26, 2015 5:42 PM

Landrigan: Gov. Maggie Hassan disses Sen.Kelly Ayotte's environmental record, Ayotte fires back

CONCORD - Shots have been fired regarding the environment in NH's 2016 U.S. Senate race.

"I’m glad this one time she has joined Sen. Shaheen and me on this common sense issue, but her record is very poor and doesn’t reflect New Hampshire values.’’

Gov. Maggie Hassan lowered the boom on Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s environmental record.

During an interview with NH1 News, the Republican incumbent fired back.

"I don’t know how she makes her decisions, but I make my decisions based on every single issue and not how some group scores me,’’ Ayotte said.

Hassan endorsed the Clean Power Plan and said when it comes to being green, Ayotte’s got some explaining to do.

"She has a 23 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters - which by the way is even worse than Scott Brown’s environmental rating,’’ Hassan said at a news conference today.

Ayotte dismissed the ranking.

"I don’t even pay attention to those things because, honestly, I don’t care. What I care about is what is the impact on New Hampshire,’’ Ayotte said during a telephone interview.

Ayotte said she became the first Senate Republican in the country to embrace Obama’s Clean Power Plan because New Hampshire’s on its way to complying with it and it gives all states flexibility, and Congress failed to act.

Also, Ayotte did support Environmental Protection Agency rules regarding mercury emissions and cross-state pollution through the air and both times opposing the leadership of her own party.

But Shaheen echoed Hassan that it’s Ayotte’s party standing in the way

"It’s so disappointing to see on the issue of climate change there is this partisan divide that is preventing us from getting things done,’’ Shaheen said.

This isn’t just about Governor Maggie Hassan acting green.

This is about trying to gain an advantage over Ayotte on an issue important to independent voters.

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