Aug 12, 2015 12:02 AM

Steinhauser: Senate Majority PAC slams Ayotte in first their first TV ad of the 2016 cycle

NH1 Political Director -

CONCORD – In a sign of just how crucial Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s 2016 re-election bid is to the balance of power in the Senate, the top outside group backing the Democrats’ push to regain control of the chamber will run its first television commercials of the cycle in New Hampshire.

Senate Majority PAC says that its first ad will start airing Wednesday in the Granite State. The spot will run on WBIN-TV and other broadcast stations.

“Fifteen months before the election. Yet the out of-state oil, billionaire Koch Brothers have already spent 1.2 million dollars here in New Hampshire to keep Kelly Ayotte in the U.S. Senate. And, back in Washington, Ayotte voted to protect huge tax breaks for the oil industry costing taxpayers 40 billion dollars. With the Koch Brothers and Kelly Ayotte busy helping each other, who’s helping New Hampshire families get ahead?” says the narrator in the commercial," says the narrator in the commercial.

Earlier this summer Senate Majority PAC launched a five-figure digital ad campaign that was critical of Ayotte.

Ayotte, a former state attorney general who was elected to the Senate in 2010, is facing a tough re-election bid in a presidential election year, which tends to favor Democrats thanks to an increase in younger and minority voters. The biggest question regarding her re-election bid is whether Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan will challenge Ayotte, or run for re-election to a third term as governor.

Hassan has come under attack by national and state Republicans and outside groups as much as Ayotte has been attacked by their Democratic counterparts. Just last week, Americans for Prosperity, which is backed by the Koch Brothers, launched a $1.2 million ad buy against the Democratic governor.

"Instead of standing up for New Hampshire families, Governor Hassan is obsessed with plotting her next career move and serving the interests of the liberal Washington insiders who are funding these outrageous ads," said New Hampshire GOP Chair Jennifer Horn, in a statement reacting to the Senate Majority PAC ad.

The Republicans currently have a 54-46 majority in the Senate. Ayotte's seat is one of around twelve under GOP control that Democrats are targeting in 2016.


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