Jul 10, 2015 6:13 PM

Landrigan: NH Dems claim Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, meddled in state budget battle to damage Gov. Maggie Hassan


CONCORD - A hyper-partisan week in Concord ends fittingly with Democrats accusing Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of meddling in state budget politics to damage the most popular Democrat who could run against her in 2016, Governor Maggie Hassan.

The Democratic Party chairman requesting seven months of phone calls, e-mails and office meetings between Republican budget writers and Ayotte.

The chief architect of the Senate budget dismisses the meddling claim.

"To give the governor a hard time? No. Absolutely not," Senate Finance Chairman Jeanie Forrester tells NH1 News.

Sen. Andrew Hosmer of Laconia, a Democrat on the budget panel, tells NH1 News first it’s true saying ``It’s clear that Kelly Ayotte’s allies are giving orders to State House Republicans, trying to bring Washington, D.C. gridlock to New Hampshire.’’

But the other, even more senior Senate Democratic budget writer dismisses it.

"I don’t think any outside powers had anything to do with anything," Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester, says during The Jack Heath Show on WGIR-AM.

Meanwhile, Democrats remind that Ayotte as attorney general in 2009 used her office e-mail to explore a Senate run with a future campaign consultant.

Finally, Democrats try to debunk the GOP charge Hassan's state budget veto was linked to her own political future whether it's against Ayotte for Senate or to run for re-election in 2016

"Nobody knows what her political ambitions are other than her," said Sen. David Pierce, D-Hanover.


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