On Wednesday morning Sen. Kelly Ayotte became the target of criticism from Red State’s Erick Erickson and other online conservatives for her co-sponsorship of the Protect IP Act, a controversial measure to stop Internet piracy, but which critics say go to far.
By Wednesday evening was no longer a sponsor of the bill.
“America’s innovators and consumers need to be protected from the very real problem of online piracy. However, the overwhelming input I’ve received from New Hampshire citizens makes it clear there are many legitimate concerns that deserve further consideration before Congress moves forward on this legislation,” said Ayotte in a press release.
Meanwhile, some conservative bloggers have observed that while Republicans in both the House and the Senate appear to have swarmed to the cause of the tech community this week, Democrats have either remained supportive of PIPA or its House version the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA), or have remained silent on the issue.
“Who heard the message? At least 31 senators and the House members declared their opposition to the bills today–28 of them are Republicans,” writes Chicago-based blogger John Ruberry. “Odd…that I always hear that it’s the Democrats who are the tech and web savvy ones.”
That appears to be the case in New Hampshire. While Ayotte has revoked her support for PIPA, Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who was also criticized for her support for the measure this week, has held fast to her position.