RELEASE: NHDP Chair Asks “Where Is Kelly Ayotte?”
Former NH Republican Senator Gordon Humphrey, Former Congressman Charlie Bass Call for Impeaching President Trump
Concord, N.H. -- In the week since the domestic terrorist attack at the United States Capitol incited by President Trump, former Republican Senator and New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte has remained silent prompting New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley to ask, “Where is Kelly Ayotte?” Trump’s false claims about the election, including his call urging the Georgia Secretary of State to overturn the results of the election was abetted by Ayotte’s attorney. The Republican Attorneys General Association -- in which Ayotte was active -- also helped organize the March on the Capitol. Ayotte now sits on the boards of a number of corporations that have donated to members of the “Sedition Caucus” in Congress, as well as to the Republican Attorney Generals Association, which sent out robocalls encouraging people to march to the U.S. Capitol the day before the building was stormed by a pro-Trump mob. Even after these events, Ayotte has been silent on Trump’s role in inciting the violent riot last week. WMUR’s John DiStaso reached out to Ayotte for her comment on the impeachment and on Trump’s responsibility for inciting the riot, but she did not respond -- though in November Ayotte enabled his behavior, saying that "the president will make his own decision” about whether to accept the results of the election and concede to President-elect Joe Biden.
Despite silence from Ayotte and other New Hampshire Republicans like Chris Sununu, former New Hampshire Republican Senator Gordon Humphrey and former New Hampshire Republican Congressman Charlie Bass signed a letter with other former Republican lawmakers urging members of Congress to “fulfill your constitutional duty to uphold the integrity of the legislative branch and protect American democracy by impeaching President Donald J. Trump.” “Kelly Ayotte’s silence on the domestic terrorist attack at the Capitol, incited by President Trump, and the death of two Capitol Police officers, reinforces that she will always put her own political interests ahead of the well-being of our country,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “For months Ayotte has been trying to position herself as a leader in New Hampshire and national politics, but now she’s nowhere to be found. So where exactly is Kelly Ayotte?"