The president of the senate was so pissed off about our press conference that he called U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte who called the state committeeman who called the RNC to try to shut me down. They were not happy about this.
ENDA analysis: Of all uncommitted senators, Ayotte’s constituents would be most supportive of ‘yes’ vote
As the Senate vote nears on legislation to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identification, supporters remain one vote short of a filibuster-proof majority.
Writing in the Washington Post, political scientists Jeff Lax and Justin Phillips note the broad public support for the measure. Based on “a whopping 77 percent support” among Granite Staters, they identify Sen. Kelly Ayotte as the most effective target for the 60th vote:
If senators listened to their constituents, the bill would pass overwhelmingly. Nearly all recent opinion polls indicate that a large majority of the American public — more than 70 percent — supports efforts to make employment discrimination against gay men and and lesbians illegal. […]
Whom should the proponents of ENDA target for the 60th vote? Our opinion estimates suggest that the top target should be Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.). Estimated support for ENDA in New Hampshire is at a whopping 77 percent and strong opposition at only about 5 percent. Of all the Republican senators who are not already committed to supporting the bill, Ayotte’s constituents would be most supportive of a “yes” vote.
Today, representatives from the Human Rights Campaign delivered over 2,000 postcards to Sen. Kelly Ayotte urging her to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identification.
Sen. Harry Reid has scheduled the ENDA vote for Monday with supporters still publicly one vote short of a filibuster-proof majority. Ayotte, who is on the record opposing marriage equality and the repeal of DOMA, is one of four undecided Republicans who may “come out and try to get on the right side of history before it’s too late,” writes Greg Sargent:
Gay rights advocates and Dems — led by Jeff Merkley — are aggressively lobbying four more Republicans: Rob Portman, Kelly Ayotte, Dean Heller, and Pat Toomey.
Conversations are ongoing with all of them, though Portman seems to be the most engaged, a source familiar with discussions says. If Portman comes on board, it’s possible or even likely (though hardly certain) that the remaining three Republicans will come along too — and proponents are hoping to get well over 60 votes, possibly as high as 65. […]
It seems reasonable to expect that the final outcome could resemble the endgame in the battle over Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. After weeks of behind the scenes wrangling, repeal passed by a bipartisan margin, with half a dozen Republicans breaking in favor of ending legalized discrimination.
This is a similar vote: With the culture rapidly shifting on gay rights, you may see more Republicans come out and try to get on the right side of history before it’s too late.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted in favor of a resolution yesterday disapproving the debt ceiling hike that she voted for earlier this month. Charles P. Pierce describes this “act of absurdity:”
There was an act of absurdity in the U.S. Senate yesterday — and it was not called “convening for the day,” ya bastids. There were 27 Republican senators who voted “symbolically” to repudiate their own actual votes a couple of weeks ago to raise the debt ceiling. This is every single Republican who voted to raise the debt ceiling. It is important to know this because the ranks of the repudiators include notable “moderates” like Kelly Ayotte and our reasonable friend from South Carolina, Huckleberry J. Butchmeup. This is important to know because of the simple fact that, for pure, sweaty, bowel-whitening fear, there is no such thing as a Republican “moderate” any more. They are all terrified, at one level or another, of empowered and weaponized insanity.
Ayotte tells me she’s still undecided on ENDA. Bill 1 vote shy of filibuster-proof majority. http://t.co/HQm9rD7O4A— Elahe Izadi (@ElaheIzadi) October 30, 2013
Supporters of federal legislation banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity are now within a single vote of securing a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate.
Nation Journal’s Elahe Izadi reports Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who has been the target of a lobbying effort by advocates, is still undecided. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has the support of the New Hampshire party establishment but is opposed by many of the state’s social conservatives.
The legislation would be the most significant civil rights legislation passed by Congress since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010. A Senate vote is expected as early as next week.
The next battle in the civil war between the state’s Republican establishment and conservative activists is taking place in the U.S. Senate over what has been called the most important civil rights bill of the decade.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, is headed for a Senate vote, perhaps as early as next week.
With support from 52 Democrats and four Republicans, proponents are within four votes of assembling a filibuster-proof majority. Roll Call’s David Hawkings writes Sen. Kelly Ayotte is one of six undecided Republican senators being targeted in a major push by advocates:
That the focus is on Republicans is a sign that LGBT advocates sense an opening to capitalize on efforts by the party establishment to grow their base in order to prevent a takeover by tea partyers and culture warriors, which could debilitate the GOP’s national prospects for years.
The New Hampshire College Republicans urged Ayotte to support the legislation. “College Republicans have long looked to Senator Ayotte as someone who could represent the future of the Republican Party,” wrote NHCR Chairman Jake Wagner. “It is imperative that she and others in the GOP care about the views and interests of the younger generation; especially at a time when their brothers, sisters, friends, and classmates will be personally impacted by the passage of ENDA.”
Representing the party establishment, New Hampshire’s Republican National Committee members expressed strong support. In a Concord Monitor op-ed, Stephen Duprey wrote, “As a businessman, a Republican, and a citizen of this great republic, I believe everyone has the right to work hard and be judged by the work they do. This is a bedrock American and New Hampshire principle and one that has fueled our economy for generations.” Juliana Bergeron added, “I see absolutely no reason why we should leave hardworking people vulnerable simply because they’re gay,”
Cornerstone’s Ashley Pratte spoke for social conservatives who oppose the legislation. “If our country accepts ENDA as federal law not only would it be unenforceable, it will spur litigation that in turn could be used to intimidate people of faith in companies that can’t afford lawsuits,” she wrote in an email to John DiStaso. “This legislation would create thousands more lawsuits and as a result would have a negative impact on small businesses across the country if passed.”
Manchester resident John Cantin was shot in 2009 while trying to protect his daughter from her estranged husband. The estranged husband shot both of them before turning his gun on himself. Cantin survived but his daughter and her estranged husband did not.
In a moving Telegraph op-ed, Cantin recounts the tragic event. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, he notes, “a time to shine a light on this devastating issue – and an opportunity to highlight the dangerous connection between domestic abuse and guns.”
Comprehensive background checks, he writes, is a “common-sense measure” that would help save women’s lives:
To be sure, these checks are just part of the solution to domestic violence – but they are a critical part. In states that require a comprehensive background check on every private handgun sale, 38 percent fewer women are shot to death by an intimate partner. It should come as little surprise then that nearly 90 percent of Granite Staters support comprehensive background checks.
But despite this overwhelming support, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte was part of a minority this past April that voted against the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey background check legislation.
I voted for Sen. Ayotte and have extended my support to her. I want her to succeed, but her success and trust is based on supporting public safety in our state. Right now, she is failing Granite Staters.
This October, during domestic violence awareness month, I urge Sen. Ayotte to take a second look at a common-sense gun reforms that will keep guns out of the wrong hands. I ask her to do this for Granite Staters, for women, for parents throughout the nation, and for my daughter.
The sharp divisions within the Republican Party were on full display in New Hampshire this weekend as party activists booed the name of U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the party’s senior elected official.
The scene took place during Saturday’s Strong NH Conference when radio personality Howie Carr asked the audience, “What do you all think of Kelly Ayotte?”
Ayotte, the de facto head of the New Hampshire Republican Party, has drawn the ire of conservatives for reports she led a “lynch mob” against Sen. Ted Cruz over the government shutdown.
Saturday’s gathering of conservative activists in Manchester was organized by Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, a conservative advocacy group associated with Republican operative Mike Biundo.
Video clip from GraniteGrok.
The New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition reports one of its members has sued Sen. Kelly Ayotte in small claims court. On September 13, Nashua resident Byron Wesley Olson filed a small claim complaint claiming Ayotte owes him $1,500 for “malfeasance and nonfeasance.”
Olson does not say how he calculated the damages nor does he specify Ayotte’s failings other than to say she has “fallen short” of doing her job well.
“1,000 people could be encouraged to file suits like mine,” Olson wrote. “With judgements in hand we could gain at least one and a half million dollars for our side.” Ayotte has until November 4th to respond.
I don’t think that shutting the government down is going to allow us to succeed here, when we have one third of the government. I am all for defunding Obamacare. I’m all for repealing this law. But at the end of the day, you know, I think as— as Charles Krauthammer rightly said, “I— I don’t support suicide, because it’s permanent.” And we know who’s gonna win if the government gets shutdown. And it’s not Republicans.
— Sen. Kelly Ayotte, explaining her opposition to shutting down the government to avoid funding the Affordable Care Act. Republican Congressional candidates Frank Guinta and Gary Lambert support the shutdown.
When Sen. Ted Cruz made a campaign appearance in the Granite State last week, Sen. Kelly Ayotte introduced him as a colleague and a friend. Cruz returned the favor, praising her as a “rock star” who is “tough as granite.” Then things got a little uncomfortable. Byron York describes the action:
Cruz’s enthusiasm makes for a few awkward moments with his Senate colleague, New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte, who introduced Cruz and is standing in the crowd watching his speech. Ayotte, of course, is one of the 32 Republican senators who have not signed onto the defunding Obamacare initiative, and she was also strongly opposed to the Paul/Cruz/Lee/Rubio drone filibuster. When Cruz discusses the defunding plan, tossing in several applause lines, Ayotte doesn’t seem to know what to do with her hands. Mostly, she doesn’t join in the applause, but every now and then she claps a little, even though Cruz is outlining proposals she rejects.