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. Former Republican

    If you like Palin you will love Ayotte.
    So Ayotte has no prior experience in elective office?
    I guess the U.S. Senate is an entry-level position in politics if you are blinded by ambition and have the right connections and super-wealthy supporters.
    Will Ayotte ask Palin to campaign for her??? You betcha.

    July 7, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. David

    Why would anyone hire someone for a higher position, when they failed to meet the obligations of their previous position and quit? Their actions show that they cannot be trusted.

    In the real world, those people are considered 'ineligible for rehire'.

    July 7, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Dennis

    Before long tieing Democrats to Obama will be detrimental to their chances.

    July 7, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Okay, now the Democrats are being as nasty as the Republicans.
    I say we ship both groups off to the moon. Or perhaps the 7th planet.

    Neither deserves a place on this good Earth.

    July 7, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. Bill, Bloominton IL

    kind of like Obama did to Illinois. We elected Obama to represent us and for the last two years he did nothing for our state except tour the country campaigning for president on Illinois's dime.

    July 7, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. dentri

    COMunism is coming to America..Government,,,,Check Chavez,Castro.Hussein Obama praising Saudi...Sarah Palin agree or not she is a True American happend to be from Republican PArty.They destroy her ,Dispicable...But this is what AMerica Deserve.A comunism PArty...Big Governmet.Im not saying Republicans are better but They are far more better than This Comunist party ....OBamina...change .I don't have any change in my pocket under this Obamania.....America we pray for you and hope those in power to see the light..

    July 7, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Bill, Bloominton IL

    be a democrat. Campaign for an office while not doing your current job that you were elected to do. It figures the GOP would have to step up on this issue. But democrats have always been about wasting taxpayer money.

    July 7, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Randi

    Sarah's analogy to basketball shows how out of it she is. She still thinks of herself as a player on the team, passing the ball. But she is supposed to be in the role of leader, coach, by analogy. She is supposed to be showing everyone how it is done and leading by devising acts in the best interests of the state, not passing the "buck" when the heat sets in or because she views herself as unable to accomplish anything since she won't run again. When you think about the time lost traveling to campaign for VP and with one and one half years left, she hasn't actually lead her "team" through an entire season. Good luck applying for your next job. Call it what ever you want, but if it quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, it's a duck. You are a quitter.

    July 7, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Too True For You

    :...Republicans have abandoned their responsibilities to their constituents in favor of political gain...From Alaska to New Hampshire, Republicans just can't seem to honor their commitment to the public."

    Truer words were never spoken.

    July 7, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. republicans hate america

    GOP cut and run

    July 7, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Mark C. Eades

    ...And the more, the better. I hope Democrats across the country follow Ray Buckley's example. Pull no punches, take no prisoners. Republicans were hardly nice to us when they had the upper hand; we have no reason to be the least bit nice to them now. Above all, keep them in the minority and out of the White House until Hell freezes over.

    July 7, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. makesUwonder

    The leaches are at it again. Wonder how long it will be before they start attacking her family again.

    July 7, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. Gerry

    I wish our politicians in NH would abandon New Hampshire

    July 7, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    So New Hampshire dems wantsto use a governor in Alaska to help hide their fiscal disaster from New Hampshire voters. Can NH be so stupid?

    July 7, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. johnnie

    the gop are the ones to make palin resign , because they are weak. steele cant do it ,and are very desperate.they cant out raise president obama. the gop is pathetic using palin again,like john mccain did

    July 7, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. bozo the obama

    the New Hampshire democratic party is starting to get scared stiff and this is just the start of things to come.

    July 7, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Don't forget that she incited hate, fear, division and had some of her crowds yelling "KILL HIM".

    She needs to go away and shut up. There's enough hate without her stirring up even more. But then, that's what that type of irresponsible women are good at (apologies to women everywhere that are NOT hate-mongers).

    July 7, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. nom deplume

    When a democrat resigns to run for higher office, they call it principled.
    When a republican does it, they call it quitting.
    I wish I were back there to stuff Buckley in a box and mail him back to Cambrige.

    July 7, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Brandon V in DFW

    As a democrat this guy needs to cool his heels.

    See it is one thing to announce your stepping down from one office to seek another office. That happens all the time. It sometimes is required to avoid ethics issues.

    But it is something different to step down because you just don't want to do the job anymore. Or just because you don't want to be a lame duck, i.e. Sara Palin.

    If Palin had announced she was seeking another office, I would feel some compassion for her. But she didn't, she just said she didn't want to be a lame duck or finish the job. Not the same.

    July 7, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. owl

    If Kelly Ayotte is the strongest candidate NH republicans can get, they're in more trouble than I thought. Combine her with their candidate for Congress in the 1st District, a man who ran from a bar fight when someone was badly hurt, and they're a sorry lot.

    July 7, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Nick - Kentucky

    It might work in teh northeast but I would wager in the south and in the plains those words will be reversed on democrat canidates. It will be very hardto keep rural seats when you continue down the policy paths the dems have been pushing. But only time will tell.

    July 7, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. Royster

    It seems recently that Republicans are trying to change or leave their political offices as fast as they are trying to leave or change their martial partners! Ensign, Sanford, Palin, and now Ayotte.

    The "Moral" Party is morally bankrupt.

    July 7, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. Where's Sarah? AL -ASK- A

    Good for New Hampshire. The GOPers apparently don't mind climbing over people to get ahead.

    July 7, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. mw

    If Palin is strongest GOP candidate, Dems are in good shape

    July 7, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. joel palmer

    In the Alice in Wonderland world of GOP politics, Quitting is NOT quitting; staying on and finishing is quitting!

    Leaving mid term is "fighting on" (albeit from someplace else). A retreat is an "advance in another direction" and should not be confused with "cut and run"

    What color is the sky in your world Sarah?

    July 7, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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