Feb 25, 2015 10:55 AM
National Republican Senate committee takes swipe at Hassan in YouTube ad
A new ad released by the National Republican Senate Committee takes aim at Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget plan and her possible 2016 Senate bid.
In the ad, posted to YouTube Wednesday, an announcer says “Do you find your current job too stressful? Too burdensome? Do you want to find a new job but don't have time to look? Be like Gov. Maggie Hassan and find someone to do your job for you.”
That's a reference to Gov. Hassan's budget proposal, which includes the creation of a Chief Operating Officer responsible for overseeing the state's finances.
The ad goes on to say, “This alarming abuse of power will give her all the time she needs to fulfill her unsatisfied political ambtions and run for higher office.”
The ad closes on a shot of someone pasting the word “Senator” over the word “Governor” on a nameplate bearing Hassan's name.
Many pundits believe Governor Hassan is gearing up for 2016 challenge to incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte. The ad appears to be an early effort to raise funds to support Senator Ayotte's re-election campaign.
N.H. Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley fired back in a statement, saying "If Washington Republicans think that they can distract from the fact that Kelly Ayotte has put N.H. communities at risk by holding funding DHS funding hostage, they are going to be sorely disappointed."
Ayotte has voted several times for a Department of Homeland Security budget that blocks President Obama's executive order on immigration, but did announce Tuesday she'll support a proposal put forth by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell that will fund the Department of Homeland Security while allowing a separate vote on defunding the President's executive order. The deadline to vote is midnight on Friday.
Taking a shot at Ayotte's own possible political future, Buckley says “Washington Republicans are pulling out all the stops to try to take the heat off their vulnerable Vice Presidential wannabe.”
In repsonse to the ad Hassan's office released a statement to NH1 News saying, the "Governor's budget implements some of the recommendations of the Innovation Commission, a group of experts from the private business, nonprofit, higher education and local government sectors that the Governor brought together to make recommendations on how to make state government more efficient.
"Creating a position of the Chief Operating Officer was the commission's top recommendation, and the Chief Operating Officer's sole job will be to work across state agencies to drive process and efficiency improvements."
Watch the ad below