To The Daily Sun,
I'd like to address the elephant in the room regarding the state budget: Senator Ayotte and her allies are playing games with the budget to hurt Gov. Maggie Hassan politically.
Gov. Hassan has shown, time and time again, unswerving dedication to Granite Staters' interests by supporting and focusing on our state's critical economic priorities. Senator Ayotte, on the other hand, has only ever cared about promoting her own political agenda, going back to when she was caught scheming as attorney general and used her official state email to plot her run for Senate.
Republicans' refusal to negotiate a successful bipartisan budget boils down to one thing: They simply don't want Gov. Hassan to be seen as bipartisan going into 2016. The last budget cycle Gov. Hassan and Republicans worked together to craft a budget that invested in critical priorities for the state and was still something that both parties could agree on.
So what's the difference this time? Kelly Ayotte's vulnerability in getting re-elected, that's what. All of the recent partisan Republican attacks on the governor and her efforts to craft a responsible budget is an unfortunate consequence of their political allegiance to NH GOP boss Kelly Ayotte. But, the joke's on them, because this budget battle has only further proven that Gov. Hassan is, like always, looking out for our interests above her own political interests. And that puts her in stark contrast to Ayotte, and that's why Republicans are so afraid of her.
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