July 7th, 2009
05:47 PM ET
5 years ago

New Hampshire Democrats using Palin in fundraising appeal

WASHINGTON (CNN) – National Democrats wasted no time in accusing Sarah Palin of abandoning her state after the Alaska governor revealed Friday that she was resigning from office.

Five days later and 4,600 miles away, the New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman is leveling the same charge against New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, who announced Tuesday she would soon leave office to explore a Senate bid in 2010.

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley's sharp criticism of Ayotte is not surprising – he is trying to discredit, perhaps, the strongest candidate the Republican Party could field in this open seat race next year. But what is interesting is that Buckley compared Ayotte to Palin.

"We're seeing a national trend where Republicans have abandoned their responsibilities to their constituents in favor of political gain," Buckley wrote Tuesday in a fundraising message sent to the state party's e-mail list. "From Alaska to New Hampshire, Republicans just can't seem to honor their commitment to the public. Not unlike Sarah Palin, Kelly Ayotte has broken her promise to the people she represents and put politics before public service."

While Republicans debate what role Palin might have in the party, some Democrats believe that she is a political liability for the GOP. And a top Democratic operative, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that going forward Democrats "won't be shy in tying Sarah Palin to other Republican candidates where it makes sense."


Filed under: New Hampshire • Sarah Palin
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Lon, Richland, Wa

    I find it amusing and an oxymoron that Democrats are accusing Republicans of abandoning their responsibilities to their constituents in favor of political gain.
    i guess there are no mirrors on the democrat side of the aisle!!

    July 7, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. indy

    I have more respect for someone who offers to leave their current elected office if they want to pursue another one than someone who stays because it's easy. Why should taxpayers be paying their salary for a job they are obviously not doing? Aren't they saving people money? Maybe someone should counter the abandonment idea with the image of someone being responsible for a change. How much work for the state of Illinois did now President Obama accomplish while campaigning as the Senator of that state?

    July 7, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  3. FEMALES FOR FEMALES

    She can't govern for all the harrassment from idiots like the Democrats, AAs and low mentality talk show hosts who dream of being funny.

    July 7, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. AlwaysThinking

    Got get 'em! And don't let up. The woman's a quitter, through and through.

    I will be sooooooo happy when her 15 minutes of fame are over ...

    July 7, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Bill

    Couldn't they fine someone better?

    July 7, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. ComradeObummer

    DUMOcrats raising money.

    I'm laughing at all these DUMOCRATS who are going to pay for all of Obummers new fees and taxes.

    I, for one, have decided to cheat on my taxes.

    I've got a great idea. Since DUMOcrats love to tax and spend, let's pass a new tax bill where DEMOCRATS pay more in taxes.

    July 7, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. everthing old is newt again

    didn't you get the memo? quitting = victory

    July 7, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. got to be a scare tactic

    or humour, she is pretty funny

    but most likely it is: she will be elected if you do nothing

    do you want that?

    that will scare action out of the dems

    July 7, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. evman

    I had no idea how low the Republican ship could sink !!! VERY LOW !!!

    July 7, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Good comparison.....

    Sarah Palin will be in the White House in 2012.....

    Obama's numbers are sinking like a stone as he shows no ability to fix the economy, stem unemployment, or curb foreclosures....

    Further he is bankrupting the country with his out of control spending...

    Further he has no credibility with Iran, N. Korea, China, or even Honduras.....

    Tell me again why we need Obama????

    July 7, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Shawn - GA

    WAY too soon, you have no idea what she has planned (Palin) She may have some huge good tings up her sleeve and then this will backfire on you.

    July 7, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. The Closet Republican

    The real news is that Ayotte PROMISED that she would serve her FULL TERM when appointed.

    She broke that promise.

    What else is new?

    July 7, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  13. The Weatherman

    Sure, she can stay in office and get paid to campaign for different job while not doing the current job. The other option is to be honest and do the right thing. Democrats do not understand how to do anything at their own cost. They work for taxpayers so they can suck the blood of taxpayers.

    July 7, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. Sandra Day

    What is it with these women abandoning their posts? What a bad example for women everywhere!

    July 7, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. Jesus Juice

    All you gotta do is tell one joke about Republicans, and they up and give up cause they can't take it.

    Now, THAT's funny!!!!

    July 7, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  16. Mark

    Based on that logic. you better blame Janet Napolitano for quiting her job as Governor of Arizona to become Homeland Secretary.

    July 7, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  17. John Wagner

    Well either way it should be easy for the opposition to link democrats to destroying the economy. You can't argue with 9.5% unemployment. But then again this is the country that elected Bush, I think we'll see Obama for another term. Should be interesting to see if he can get us to depression status. I just enjoy all of the bogus articles saying that the recession is starting to leave. Ha, it's just coming in.

    July 7, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  18. Reformed Republican

    Your seeing the new GOP election strategy – Quit your current office mid-term using the excuse "I'm doing it for a higher calling" while completely ignoring the fact that they are QUITTERS!
    Trouble is the rethuglicants don't seem to understand that politics is not the "higher calling" of the religion they alone chose to be the overiding factor in our laws...

    July 7, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  19. Carole

    I am sure it will work. The first time in my life I donated to a Presidential Campaign was two weeks after McCain added her. I was terrified at the mere thoughts of her anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    July 7, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  20. gl, Pittsburgh

    While Republicans debate what role Palin might have in the party, some Democrats believe that she is a political liability for the GOP. And a top Democratic operative, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that going forward Democrats "won't be shy in tying Sarah Palin to other Republican candidates where it makes sense."

    Sara Palin will be dropping out the race after the first ad the Dems put her in becasue she would spend a week just fighting the ad like she did with David Letterman. She thinks she can fight them all and found out she could not and quit her job. She doesn't stand a chance now that she gave up her job becasue now she will spend day of day fighting with anyone that speak ill of her. She was very good at speaking nasty things about President Obama, but can not take her own medine. She have a very shape tongue with a double edge sword.

    I am going to tell you why I dislike this lady. She call herelf a Christian, but have a shape tongue that she likes to use against any body to get what she wants. There are so many scripture in the Bible that warn us against using her tongue as a weapon and Sara Palin like using her tongue as a deadly weapon which make her a hypocrite. God would not like her using her tongue and that fashion maybe this is why she is going though what she is going though. God is letting her have her krama before being a hypocrite.

    July 7, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  21. Demo-Rats!

    Well of course they are!Why should things now be any different from when they were using her on a daily basis!Liberals like Katie Couric actually get rewarded for helping destroy someone and who does anything about it?Welcome to Obama's america folks!Palin made the right decision for her state and,most importantly,her family!And I think it's time to leave her and her family alone!

    July 8, 2009 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  22. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    Greed........greedy republicans at it again. Pure self seeking party. Yes we now know what the party philosophy is.....me first country second. God bless USA.

    July 8, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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