What They’re Saying: Brickbats for Ayotte

Sen. Kelly Ayotte issued a press release today titled, “What They’re Saying: Praise for Ayotte’s Support of Bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill.” As you would expect, it’s a one-sided survey of editorial support for her position. Here are a few reactions from the other side — most expressing anger over her perceived flip-flop on the issue.

Madison Project’s Daniel Horowitz called her “another Schumer Republican who lied to get elected:”

It’s amazing how many Republicans ran for election as absolutely opposed to any form of amnesty — certainly before enforcing existing laws. Somehow within a year or two, all of them have had an epiphany. The latest example is Senator Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire, the third amigo in the McCain/Graham Schumer club.

In 2010, Ayotte ran strong on the issue of illegal immigration, and actually aired a number of ads lambasting her Democrat opponent on support for amnesty. During the primary, she had a strong Tea Party challenge from Ovide Lamontagne, winning by just 1600 votes. Needless to say, she wouldn’t have been caught dead supporting amnesty during that primary.

Long time conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly said Ayotte should “stop echoing Karl Rove” and read the “Amnesty Bill:”

As a Senate candidate, Kelly Ayotte had it right when she said that we don’t necessarily need to add new immigration laws, we need to start by enforcing the laws already on the books,” said Schlafly. “Ayotte even ran ads against her Democrat opponent for supporting amnesty.”

"Ayotte betrayed every conservative who supported her when she announced her support for this shameful bill," Schlafly declared. "She has apparently been spending too much time with serial Establishment election losers like Karl Rove instead of reading the bill."

Even Birther Queen Orly Taitz got in on the act, linking the immigration bill to the President’s alleged invalid Social Security number:

Senator Ayotte, aside from being a U.S. senator, you are a former Attorney General of New Hampshire, a Chief Law Enforcement officer of a state. You are being held to a higher authority. It is your duty to demand to stay the hearing on the new immigration bill and seek to hear the issue of Mr. Obama’s use of a stolen Social Security number, which failed E-verify.

You will have zero credibility in promising U.S. citizens and your constituents that e-Verify of millions of illegals will be checked, if you are covering up the failed E-Verify of an individual occupying the position of the U.S. President and Commander-in-Chief. Moreover, if you do not take action, you will be criminally complicit in the cover up of forgery, fraud, Social Security Fraud, IRS fraud, violation of Identity Theft Act of 1988 and treason.