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Steinhauser - First on NH1 News: NH Dems take new step to keep Ayotte accountable

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CONCORD – The New Hampshire Democratic Party Tuesday launched a new website which it touts as a “one-stop clearinghouse that will be updated in real-time to track and expose” what it calls Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s “attempts to hide her real Washington record.”

The NHDP says the new site, located at AyotteFactCheck.com, is part of their project to keep Ayotte accountable.

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“It’s no secret that Kelly Ayotte is trying to rewrite history when it comes to her record of voting to protect her Washington special interest backers, including voting with the Koch Brothers nearly 90% of the time, at the expense of New Hampshire’s families and small businesses,” said state party Chair Ray Buckley, in a statement provided to NH1 News.

“And now with AyotteFactCheck.com, Granite Staters have a one-stop destination where they can find all the latest facts on Ayotte’s attempts to hide her real Washington record, he added.

Ayotte, a former state attorney general and first term senator, will face off in next year’s election against two-term Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. Two of the three polls conducted since Hassan launched her Senate bid earlier this month indicate the race is all tied up, with a third survey suggesting Ayotte with a ten-point lead.

The matchup between the popular senator and popular governor will be one of the most high profile and expensive showdowns in the 2016 cycle, and could ultimately decide whether the Republicans keep control of the chamber. Outside groups on both sides have already gone up TV attack ads.

Responding to the website, New Hampshire GOP Chair Jennifer Horn told NH1 News that "this is a transparent attempt by Governor Hassan's political operation to distort the truth and distract from her failed record of higher taxes and spending, an economy that is falling behind the rest of New England and an inadequate and incompetent response to New Hampshire’s growing heroin epidemic."

Hassan's record in the Corner Office be in the spotlight, as will Ayotte’s record on female issues. For months, Democrats have slammed Ayotte for being part of what they term the Republican war on women. Ayotte told NH1 News recently that she’s more than happy to defend her record.

Democrats are now targeting Ayotte over what they say is her “latest effort this week to rewrite her environment record.”

This comes after Ayotte late Sunday announced her support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation that calls for a 32% cut in carbon dioxide emissions from the power industry. Ayotte was the first Republican in Congress to publicly back the rule, which is known as the Clean Power Plan.

“After carefully reviewing this plan and talking with members of our business community, environmental groups, and other stakeholders, I have decided to support the Clean Power Plan to address climate change through clean energy solutions that will protect our environment,” Ayotte said in a statement.

And Ayotte told NH1 News 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.

The New Hampshire chapter of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), an environmental group active in politics, applauded Ayotte’s move.


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