As Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) battles public outcry over her vote to kill
a bipartisan amendment expanding background checks for gun purchases, a
national conservative group based in Iowa is running television ads
featuring seemingly ordinary New Hampshire moms and law enforcement
officials defending the one-term senator from out-of-state “partisan”
But the American Future Fund appeared unable to find
voters who agree with Ayotte’s position, as a cursory search of
individuals in the advertisement reveals that the supposedly typical New
Hampshirites are actually long-time Republican party activists and
officials. Polls show that
91 percent of New Hampshire adults support expanded screenings…
Barbara Dutile, a “Law Enforcement official,” is the wife of a
Republican Sheriff in Grafton County who was Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ)
New Hampshire delegate in 2008, campaigned for Romney, and served as an alternate delegate. In 2012 she received an award from the Republican Party of New Hampshire.
Granted, all these people are
New Hampshire moms, but the fact that they don’t disclose what they are
beside that tells a lot about how popular Ayotte’s vote is in the
state. “I’m a Republican and I back Kelly Ayotte” doesn’t get you far,
In fact, it would seem that AFF made the decision that this revelation
would actually be a negative.
What friends Sen. Ayotte still
has in New Hampshire seem to be rendered useless by their association
with her and her party. That’s not a good omen for the future or their
fight in New Hampshire.