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December 20, 2012

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Unfortunately, Ayotte has decided to replace her independent thought and voice with the right’s sound bites. Her recent statements on Benghazi have been a complete parroting of McCain’s remarks.

Instead of going to Washington to be her own person, she folded under the influence of John Sununu and John McCain. Sununu sucked her into being a Romney surrogate by whispering in her ear about being a vice presidential candidate. Surprisingly, she has figured that being part of McCain’s backup group in the Benghazi-gate boondoggle would be good for her career. Ayotte ought to understand the concept of innocent until proven guilty better than most. I don’t think Margaret Chase Smith would have joined up so willingly. Chase Smith didn’t tolerate Joe McCarthy’s witch hunt and called him out. Ayotte should preserve her own integrity and let McCain continue to make a fool of just himself.

Since joining the Senate, Ayotte has spent more time advocating for Romney and enabling McCain’s Benghazi folly than working for New Hampshire. Chalk one up for ambition. She is now threatening to block any secretary of state nomination over Benghazi, an unprecedented threat by any measure.

What portion of her constituents does she represent when supporting the preservation of the Bush tax cuts for families earning over $250,000 per year? Why did she stand by, without comment, and let the New Hampshire Republican legislature attack every program that supports the lower and middle classes? Her support of Paul Ryan’s budget is very troubling and certainly not in the best interests of New Hampshire.

Sen. Ayotte would better serve her ambitions by spending more time at her job as senator and less time at the microphone. So far she is not very good at either one.

Dave Potter

North Hampton

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