Members of the crowd held signs that said:
“Senator Ayotte: Stop Putting Politics Over The Constitution.”
Today, over 40 New Hampshire activists gathered for a demonstration demanding that Senator Kelly Ayotte stop putting politics over the Constitution and instead give fair consideration to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. The demonstration included activists from People For the American Way, NextGen Climate, Granite State Progress, and Rights and Democracy.
“The Constitution is very clear that it is the job of the Senate to give fair consideration to nominees,” said Lindsay Jakows, New Hampshire Campaign Organizer with People For the American Way. “And as a former New Hampshire Attorney General who was herself appointed and confirmed in an election year, Ayotte should know better than to align herself with such blatant hypocrisy. It’s time for her to fulfill her responsibility to Granite Staters and do her job.”
Republicans in the Senate are playing partisan politics with their constitutional obligations.
“Today’s protests reflect what we know from polling—Granite State voters have had enough of Kelly Ayotte’s obstructionist politics that put her party and special interests before the people of New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Melissa Miller. “Senator Ayotte, your constituents are sending a message loud and clear: Do your job!”
Sunday, the Nashua Telegraph posted an editorial (Stalemate, taken to the extreme) where they stated: “The more pressing question is whether the GOP’s decision to put party politics above the constitution will result in permanent damage to the constitution itself.”
Even local Republicans are opposed to Ayotte’s obstructionism. “I’m disappointed,” said Patricia Dvareckas, a registered Republican from Nashua.
“If I’m looking at the Senate I’m embarrassed,” said Kevin Fortier, a Republican from Bedford. “I want our Supreme Court to be above politics.”
Real Granite Staters agree that Ayotte should do her job and confirm a new justice. “A recent poll found that 64 percent of likely voters in the state supported filling the vacancy now, while 32 percent preferred to wait for the election of a new president.”
It is time for Senator Ayotte to put aside partisan politics and #DoYourJob.