August 19, 2009

HAVE THEY NOT NOTICED THAT MS PALIN IS OUTWITTING THEM?:

The Next Sarah Palin?: Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire’s GOP rising star, is a folksy, gun-loving mother of two who has her eyes on a Senate seat. And, you betcha, she married a dude who puts Todd to shame. (Liz Goodwin, 8/19/09, Daily Beast)

Shortly after a relatively unknown New Hampshire attorney general, Kelly Ayotte, resigned her post last month to consider a run for U.S. Senate, New Hampshire Democrats ran an ad comparing Ayotte to Sarah Palin. In the ad, the song “Two of a Kind” plays in the background as Ayotte states her desire to resign in order to pursue higher office. Text fills the screen: “Both Palin and Ayotte put politics before the public.” The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ran a similar ad in July, comparing Ayotte to Palin and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, calling them all “quitters.”

So why are Democrats spooked by a 41-year-old attorney general from New Hampshire? Maybe it’s because they’re worried Ayotte, with her budding star power and folksy charm, might actually be another Sarah Palin, a star who rockets out of nowhere. With the national GOP desperate to replace outgoing Sen. Judd Gregg with a Republican—and desperate for any Senate victory, for that matter—Ayotte may prove to be the party’s best prospect. [...]

When asked about her views on abortion, Ayotte invoked her two children under age five. And her background is almost as charmingly woodsy as Palin’s seemed a year ago. Ayotte is the wife of Joseph Daley, a National Guardsman and Iraq war vet, who “founded a small landscaping and snowplowing business,” according to the Concord Monitor. He’s got the earthiness of Todd without any obvious separatist tendencies.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2009 6:28 AM
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