State Democrats are firing back at a new radio ad critical of Gov. Maggie Hassan put on the air today by Crossroads GPS, a conservative issues group co-founded, along with the American Crossroads SuperPAC, by former George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove.
Hassan is being targeted by national groups such as Crossroads GPS and, on Wednesday, as the New Hampshire Journal first reported, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, because she is viewed as the leading potential Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Hassan has not said if she intends to run or perhaps to seek a third term as governor.
The minute-long ad says that Hassan has proposed higher taxes, including one that would “hit lower income people particularly hard. She even bets on increased state revenue from Keno to finance more spending. Gov. Hassan’s budget is a risky gamble and the wrong set of priorities for New Hampshire families and businesses.”
View the ad below:
In a statement, Crossroads GPS chief executive officer Steven Law said, “All over the country, liberal officeholders are embracing higher taxes instead of fiscal discipline to address budget problems. With all eyes on New Hampshire right now, we think it’s important to speak out and encourage Granite Staters to take the lead in pushing back on Gov. Hassan’s tax-laden spending budget.”
The group announced that it will air the ad for three of the next four weeks at a cost of $230,000.
The effort is a clear attempt to cut into Hassan’s popularity. She has consistently had high approval ratings and won a decisive victory over Republican Walt Havenstein last November.
“New Hampshire voters don’t look kindly on out-of-states like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers who think they can buy their power here,” said state Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley. “Karl Rove’s radical agenda puts his special interest donors first while making middle class families and small businesses pay the price. Karl Roves’ backward anti-middle class policies aren’t welcome in the Granite State.”
The NHDP released a point-by-point rebuttal to the ad, which it says is “twisting the facts.” Click here for the full NHDP response.