There may be no one senator spotlighted so intensely about her vote against background checks for gun-buyers as New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte.
Fifty percent of New Hampshire voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling after the vote said they would be less likely to support her in a future election, compared with 23 percent who called it a positive.
This is a Republican who won her seat in 2010 by a 23-percentage point margin.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Solutions is running ads against Ayotte and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
The anti-Ayotte ads encourages listeners to call her and let her know “how disappointed they are by her decision to “go Washington” instead of remaining loyal to her constituents.
There is one group happy about Ayotte’s vote — she was one of four Democrats who voted on principal against the expansion of background checks in the Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada voted no to preserve the right to seek reconsideration as a member of the prevailing side. It failed on a vote of 54-46, with 60 votes needed for Senate approval.
That’s the National Rifle Association, airing a radio ad in the Granite State:
“Washington is full of politicians out of touch with the problems of our lives. While we worry about keeping our kids safe, too many of them worry about keeping their own power. But Senator Kelly Ayotte is focused on meaningful bipartisan solutions to our nation’s problems.”
“That’s because Kelly Ayotte is not just a senator, she’s also a mom who cares about protecting our kids. She knows that they only way to protect our children from tragedies like Sandy Hook is to fix our broken mental health system. That’s why Kelly Ayotte brought Republicans and Democrats together on a bipartisan solution and it’s why Kelly had the courage to oppose misguided gun control laws that would not have prevented Sandy Hook.
“Kelly Ayotte is focused on prosecuting law breakers and fixing our broken mental health system. Call her at 202-224-3121 and thank her for focusing on protecting our kids and our New Hampshire values. Paid for by the New Hampshire men and women of the National Rifle Association.”