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Letter: Votes Speak Louder Than Words

To the Editor:

The Valley News has suggested in its Oct. 8 editorial that one should “feel some sense of gratitude toward (Sen.) Kelly Ayotte” for criticizing the Republican Party’s move to shut down the government unless Obamacare is jettisoned.

It’s hard to muster much gratitude, though, in view of Ayotte’s votes in the Senate during the last days before the shutdown. Despite declaring, “I never supported the flawed strategy,” she voted against every bill that departed from it. Now she has voted against considering the debt limit, taking hostage the government’s credit in addition to its services.

Will the Valley News’ hopeful enthusiasm nudge Ayotte to act more in accord with her words or merely confirm the effectiveness of her PR?

Douglas McIlroy



Editorial: ‘Reality Check’; Uphill Battle for Common Sense

Monday, October 7, 2013

New Hampshire voters of all political persuasions can feel some sense of gratitude toward Sen. Kelly Ayotte for her outspoken support for returning control of the Republican Party to more responsible hands. In a speech on the Senate floor last week, New Hampshire’s junior senator was highly critical of those willing to shut down the federal government in pursuit of …