In an apparent response to the NHGOP seeking details on Gov. Maggie Hassan’s out-of-state travel, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley is asking Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s office to provide information on her own out-of-state travel that he contends she is making to promote herself as a potential vice presidential candidate.
Ayotte is traveling to Missouri on Feb. 20 to address that state Republican Party’s Lincoln Days event. Also featured will be likely presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
Members of Congress are not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests, but Buckley is asking Ayotte to provide the information in any event. His letter follows:
The Honorable Kelly Ayotte
United States Senate
144 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senator Ayotte,
We write to respectfully request any information including dates, costs, and purpose of your extensive political travel outside of New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.
It’s no secret that you are seeking to position yourself for a Vice Presidential nomination with an aggressive political travel schedule to try to raise your national profile.
Particularly given the many legal and ethical questions surrounding your Utah “destination fund-raiser” at the ski home of a lobbyist with business before one of your committees, we believe it’s important for the people of New Hampshire to know where and when you are traveling for political purposes and who is picking up the bill.
Your extensive political travel that we are aware of due to media reports includes a trip to Iowa to campaign for Tea Party senate candidate Joni Ernst and a trip to Missouri later this month where you will appear at the 2015 GOP Reagan Lincoln Days event, which is being co-headlined by Rick Santorum.
We formally request any information about the costs and who paid for these political trips in the interest of transparency, as well as any information about other political travel you have undertaken in order to promote yourself as a potential Vice Presidential candidate.
New Hampshire Democratic Party
NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn responded, “Republicans are raising very serious legal questions about Governor Hassan’s misinterpretation of New Hampshire’s Right to Know law. According to the Democrats’ previous statements, their poorly written letter is just ‘another petty stunt.’”