Oct 6, 2015 6:01 PM

Landrigan: Proxy war as partisans compete over who will try to take down Gov. Hassan, Sen. Ayotte


CONCORD - Republicans wasting no time branding Governor and Senate candidate Maggie Hassan a fraud as a bipartisan leader.

"If Governor Hassan goes to Washington as a senator, she’s not going to have the New Hampshire Senate to rely on to do her work for her,’’ says Senate Finance Chairman Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith.

Well that didn’t take long, the morning after Governor Maggie Hassan declares for the Senate, Republican leaders compete for who tries to take her down.

"She’s put the party first and New Hampshire families seem almost to be an after thought to her,’’ said Melissa Stevens, a Bedford town councilor and Republican activist.

Democrats jump into the pig pile especially when the topic is Senator Forrester who may run for governor in 2016.

"Those who us have been at the table negotiating these things will tell you Senator Forrester has not been at the table because of her toxic partisanship,’’ says Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn.

The strategy is the same. Make your enemy someone who’s beholden to the powerful.

"So who’s going to tell her what to do,’’ Forrester continues. "I ask the question, what has she done, what will she do and who will she take her direction from?

And the Democratic answer?

"She’s not in a box like the Republican Party has put Kelly Ayotte in a box, unable to be reasonable and practical,’’ Senate Democratic Leader Woodburn adds.

This will go down as the most expensive and nastiest Senate in New Hampshire history.

And the two articulate, attractive and pleasant candidates are happy to have their proxies fight out this ugly war for them.


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