Ayotte: I won't back down
May 16th, 2013
06:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Ayotte: I won't back down

Washington (CNN) – While much of Washington's attention is on the various controversies involving the IRS, the Benghazi attack and the Justice Department subpoena of the Associated Press, those on both sides of the gun control debate are engaged in trying to sway public opinion.

Much of the focus right now is on New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the only member of the U.S. Senate from New England to vote against the proposal pushed by her colleagues, Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), to expand background checks for gun purchases.

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Several gun control groups have aired ads criticizing Ayotte for her vote. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, backed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is spending about $650,000 for a two-week ad buy in Manchester, New Hampshire and the Boston markets.

The mayors group held an event on Thursday in New Hampshire with survivors of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting and others highlighting her vote. Earlier this month, Ayotte faced pressure at several town halls in her state–some of it coming in part with the help of the mayors group–to defend her stance on background checks.

Ayotte, though, is fighting back. In an email to supporters Thursday, she wrote: "Michael Bloomberg and his liberal allies think their $700,000 smear campaign will pressure me into changing my vote on the Manchin-Toomey gun control bill. They couldn't be more wrong. As a mother, I am 100 percent dedicated to fighting gun violence. But I also have the experience to know that expanding an already broken background check system will not prevent a deranged individual or criminal from obtaining and misusing firearms. "

She also used the email to solicit funds: "Bloomberg and company can spend as much as they'd like distorting my record and smearing my character, but I won't back down. Will you stand with me and help me fight back by making an emergency donation of $25, $50, $100 or more right away?"

Ayotte is getting some help. The conservative group American Future Fund has just put in another $350,000 for a TV buy through May 27 in support of the New Hampshire senator. The group has added the Boston market in addition to Manchester where it was already on the air. AFF just expanded their buy by an additional $350,000, bringing the total to $550,000.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Behind you 100% Kelly.

    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Ghostwriter

    Why is the current system broke?

    Well, for starters, there is nothing keeping a straw buyer from purchasing just under the limit of guns at different stores to avoid being flagged. This is because those checks have to be destroyed. Of course, these would be evidence against the straw buyer, but alas the law requires the destruction of potential evidence. Making it easier for bad guys to get guns.

    Of course, ATF can simply go thru the purchase records. But because they are not allowed to put the records into any kinda of searchable database, they literally have to pour thru hundreds of thousands of written and printed records. A pre-indkustrial revolution system for a information age issue.

    All done by republicans. No wonder the system is broken. They made sure of it.

    May 16, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    The main issue is........if no one is holding a gun, does it do any harm? Answer should be obvious, but it appears Dems are so blind they can't see truth.

    You want to solve the problem, solve it the right way, by taking action about the mentally ill running around loose on our streets, and the criminals running around loose on our streets.

    Those are the REAL problems, and not the guns.

    May 16, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. California Gary

    She already has backed down.......claiming now to be supportive of background checks after voting against them. She is trying to have it both ways, and is looking pretty silly in the process.

    May 16, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Thomas

    She wnted to Romney's running mate so bad .

    Angree men or woman dont belong in politics.

    Issa / Ayotte 2016
    Freedom iLiberty and Guns

    May 16, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. Data Driven

    Emboldened by media-pushed "scandals" elsewhere in the Swamp, are we?

    May 16, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. wireknob

    Why doesn't Bloomberg have to explain how the same types of gun control measures that failed to work before and do not work where they are currently implemented will somehow work now. The statistics on the ineffectiveness of gun control measures are extremely compelling, if not conclusive, and no criminologist or economist that I know of seriously argues that gun control along the lines of what is proposed works. All these measures do is cause fewer law-abiding citizens to arm themselves against criminals, and the criminals become more brazen as their risk of being confronted by an armed adversary decreases. Criminals still get guns illegally, as they typically do.

    May 16, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. Danile6

    "Gun Control"-Isn't that up to the operator?? Apparently the left thinks it's a "Gun" problem-not the owner. Just like it's the car's fault when there is a crash right?? What simplistic yet devious tactic-

    May 16, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. SumGuuy

    Thank you Sen. Ayotte for voting with common sense and not basing your vote on emotions or feel good legislature. We stand together for the long battle !!!

    May 16, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |