Democratic hopefuls target Kelly Ayotte’s record in fierce speeches at NH Dems dinner

Minnesota Governor and Chair of the Democratic Governors Association Tim Walz was keynote speaker of the annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner hosted by the New Hampshire Democratic Party. (Colin Booth/Granite Post)

By Colin Booth

April 15, 2024

Minnesota Governor and Chair of the Democratic Governors Association Tim Walz over the weekend joined prominent New Hampshire Democrats in delivering a scathing indictment of Republican candidates for New Hampshire governor and their legislative records.

Governor Walz, acting as the keynote speaker of the annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner hosted by the New Hampshire Democratic Party, used his platform not only to endorse local candidates, but also to share personal anecdotes highlighting the stakes involved in the upcoming elections. Discussing his own family’s challenges with infertility, Walz criticized Republican efforts to restrict access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other reproductive health services.

Walz pointedly criticized former US Senator Kelly Ayotte, accusing her of voting to restrict IVF access and aiding in the confirmation of Supreme Court justices who have since played roles in rolling back reproductive rights.

“Here are the facts: Kelly Ayotte had a chance to protect IVF in the US Senate. Instead, she voted to restrict access to IVF. Then, after Maggie [Hassan] kicked her ass, she took a job helping President Trump confirm one of the Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade,” said Gov. Walz.

“So let’s be real clear about something: If the Republicans in your state legislature get the chance, they’re going to ban IVF here in New Hampshire. And if Kelly Ayotte gets the chance, she’ll help them every step of the way.”

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Former Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig and Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington, both vying for the governorship, took aim at Ayotte, criticizing her past legislative actions and her recent political maneuvers, framing her as out of touch with New Hampshire’s needs.

“Kelly has spent the last eight years as a shadow lobbyist and she would be the most extreme Governor we’ve ever had. Kelly cheered when Roe v. Wade was overturned, and voted multiple times for a national abortion ban. She’s too weak to stand up to Donald Trump and she’s dangerous for New Hampshire,” said Craig.

“Just this week, Kelly showed us again we can’t trust her. She’s campaigning with a man who threatened to kill police officers and violently assault women. It’s appalling. Kelly should’ve been the first person calling for Representative Stone to resign. But she’s too weak to stand up to extremists in her party.”

Councilor Warmington agreed.

“Kelly Ayotte has always opposed access to abortion care and she always wanted Roe v. Wade overturned,” Warmington said. “She personally sponsored a national abortion ban and voted for restrictions on access to contraception and fertility treatment. Kelly Ayotte was the person Donald Trump hired to help put Gorsuch on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. So when Donald Trump says we should ‘leave it up to the states to do the right thing,’ let’s be clear: Kelly Ayotte is the last person our state can trust to EVER do the right thing on abortion.”


  • Colin Booth

    Based in Epsom, Colin Booth is Granite Post's political correspondent. A Granite State native and veteran political professional with a deep background in journalism, he's worked on campaigns and programs in battleground states across the country, ranging from New Hampshire, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.


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