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Fri May 6, 2016, 07:26 PM

Democrats work to paint NH senator Ayotte as loyal ally of Trump

Source: Associated Press

May. 6, 2016 12:20 PM ET

Democrats work to paint NH senator as loyal ally of Trump

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte casts herself as independent, focused on New Hampshire over party politics in her re-election bid. But now she's trying to fight off a different label, one that Democrats will assign her at every turn: Loyal ally of Donald Trump.

Ayotte's rival, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, pounced even before the dust had settled this past week in Trump's newly clear path to the Republican presidential nomination.

"He is dangerous to the country," Hassan told reporters. "I am appalled that Sen. Ayotte is supporting him, and I think she absolutely will need to be held accountable for Donald Trump's statements and positions."

On Ayotte's tricky path to another term, Trump is a potentially devastating roadblock. Ayotte repeatedly has said she'll support the eventual GOP nominee, but on Trump's first official day as the presumptive nominee her campaign offered a tortured response. She plans to support the nominee no name mentioned but as a candidate herself, she will not endorse.
Vulnerable Republicans nationwide are struggling with how to handle Trump, but Ayotte's position may be among the most delicate. New Hampshire tilts Democratic in presidential years, and polling shows Trump is deeply unpopular among New Hampshire voters, including the independents Ayotte desperately needs to support her.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri May 6, 2016, 07:30 PM

1. Ayotte is done.

She has alienated everyone.

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #1)

Fri May 6, 2016, 07:36 PM

2. I'm guessing you don't live in NH. nt

 

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri May 6, 2016, 07:42 PM

3. Democrats don't have to "paint" she IS a loyal ally of Trump.

Her creative remarks about voting for him but not supporting him will backfire!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri May 6, 2016, 08:04 PM

4. Dems need to paint every Repub that does not openly disavow Trump

as an ally.

They are fucked if they support him because they will get tagged with supporting Trump's views; if they don't support him they will be seen as disloyal Repugs in a party that places a high value on loyalty.
Couldn't happen to a nicer group of assholes.

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