Kelly Ayotte’s Discredited Washington Special Interest Backers Launch More Desperate and Completely Baseless Attacks
CONCORD – Kelly Ayotte’s discredited Washington special interest backers launched two new baseless attack ads, continuing their vile and false efforts to politicize the heroin and opioid epidemic while also misleading Granite Staters about Governor Hassan’s record of leading the fight to strengthen mental health services in New Hampshire.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee – which Kelly Ayotte continues to fundraise with as recently as this week – has previously come under fire in New Hampshire for its false attacks politicizing the heroin and opioid crisis. NHPR reported that “the [NRSC’s] ad generated concerns in drug-treatment and recovery circles,” while the Concord Monitor reported that New Hampshire’s recovery community was “disturbed” by the ad, with one substance misuse advocate saying “Frankly, I’m horrified by it.”
And when it comes to the false attacks regarding New Hampshire Hospital, the contract was approved in a unanimous vote by the bipartisan Executive Council and the Concord Monitor reported, “Riverbend Community Mental Health CEO Peter Evers said he met with state officials Wednesday and was assured there are no empty beds at New Hampshire Hospital. ‘I absolutely take them at their word that they have adequate staff.’”
“Kelly Ayotte’s discredited Washington special interest backers will do anything to try to protect their reliable vote in the Senate, including launching false attacks politicizing the heroin and opioid crisis that have been called ‘disgusting,’ ‘trash,’ and ‘exactly what is wrong with politics,’ said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “The fact that Kelly Ayotte would continue to fundraise with a group that has launched ads that have ‘horrified’ substance misuse advocates on the front lines of combating the heroin and opioid crisis speaks volumes about Ayotte’s record of putting her special interest backers before the people of New Hampshire.”
The facts about Governor Maggie Hassan’s bipartisan leadership to combat the heroin and opioid crisis:
When Kelly Ayotte’s special interest backers previously ran false ads politicizing the heroin and opioid crisis, The Nashua Telegraph called the attacks “trash” and “the worst kind of electioneering,” and pointed out that Ayotte’s special interest backers don’t care “a whit about New Hampshire or its people.” Substance misuse recovery advocates and law enforcement decried the NRSC’s previous attack ads on the crisis, highlighting Governor Hassan’s strong leadership while calling the ad “despicable” and saying they were “appalled.”
The truth is, Governor Hassan has worked to ensure that those on the front lines have the tools they need to combat the heroin and opioid crisis since she entered office. She’s implementing a comprehensive state strategy that includes supporting law enforcement and expanding drug courts. She’s also secured millions of dollars in additional funding for treatment, recovery and prevention and re-authorized the state’s Medicaid expansion plan, which is critical to providing access to treatment. And New Hampshire has seen a 25% increase in state-funded treatment beds.
The facts about the Governor’s bipartisan record of leading the fight to strengthen mental health services in New Hampshire:
The state’s contract with Dartmouth-Hitchcock was unanimously approved by the bipartisan Executive Council and went through the procurement process mandated by state law. Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been clear that the announced upcoming layoffs will not affect their legal obligation and responsibility to meet the critical personnel needs of the contract, and the state will ensure that Dartmouth-Hitchcock is held accountable to their responsibilities under this contract.
Governor Hassan has focused on mental health treatment throughout her time in office, including significantly increasing funding to revitalize the state’s community-based mental health care system and passing and reauthorizing New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion that is already providing mental health care to thousands of Granite Staters.
Meanwhile, Kelly Ayotte has a long record of votes that would hurt New Hampshire’s mental health system. Ayotte has repeatedly voted to repeal New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion that provides coverage – including for mental health services – to over 50,000 Granite Staters. Ayotte has also sided with the Koch Brothers and voted for funding measures that would have slashed funding for mental health services, including support for a 2011 CR that would have cut $200 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.
(Featured image by Gage Skidmore, FLIKR)