Is there a backlash to the backlash on Ayotte’s gun-control vote?

posted at 8:21 pm on June 24, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

I’m blogging this because you’ll hear no end to the talk of how Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s vote on the gun-control bill marks the moment when pro-gun-control forces start effectively punishing those who cross them on national legislation. Second Amendment forces are, of course, historically much better at enforcing voting behavior with millions of active citizens willing to pick up the phone and vote based on the issue. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group went in big against Ayotte with $400,000 on multiple ads.

But Bloomberg’s group has had a rough public relations week. Gone is the unassailable moral authority as Bloomberg activists were caught padding the stats for gun-violence victims with the likes of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Chris Dorner. Bloomberg is also housing his group’s site on taxpayer funded government servers in New York and administered by government employees.

This week, we learn at least one of Bloomberg’s mayors has left the coalition. Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau says she left the group when she saw the first ad against Ayotte. “I said, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t want to be part of something like that,’” she said.

Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau says she resigned from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” group in mid-May, shortly after joining the nationwide coalition, because it went beyond its stated principles of “keeping illegal guns out of dangerous hand.”

Lozeau said she did not know when she joined that the group would “unfairly attack” fellow Nashuan Sen. Kelly Ayotte in a $2 million barrage of ads after Ayotte opposed an amendment calling for universal background checks for gun purchases in April.

Lozeau said she was out of the group long before last week’s controversy erupted when Mayors Against Illegal Guns supporters read the name of dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and other murders and criminals in a list of those killed by guns since the Newtown Elementary School massacre at a rally in Concord last week.

Ostensibly, Lozeau is exactly the kind of supporter Bloomberg’s gun group is meant to keep hyped on this issue— a moderate Republican mayor with a relatively pro-gun-control constituency living in Ayotte’s own backyard.

And, since it’s the main news of the day, and I know you want to talk about it, I’ll leave you with this “Hmmm.”


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Is there a backlash to the backlash on Ayotte’s gun-control vote?

No, but voting for amnesty will provoke one.

Resist We Much on June 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Long time till she’s up, but she managed to piss off both sides.

El_Terrible on June 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Of course it’s about money and reelections. She’s a politician.

Jackalope on June 24, 2013 at 8:28 PM

“I said, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t want to be part of something like that,’” she said.

“Before that, I was like totally stoked though.” Lozeau said.

roy_batty on June 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Principles have nothing to do with it.

Jackalope on June 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Fun Fact: MAIG has a grand total of 8 donors

No, that’s not a typo

blammm on June 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM

What a coward. Conservative women are supposed to be smarter and more courageous than this.

gophergirl on June 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

I expect her to fold like a cheap suit if a background check bill comes up again.

Mark1971 on June 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Gone is the unassailable moral authority as Bloomberg activists were caught padding the stats for gun-violence victims with the likes of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Chris Dorner.

Literally dragging the bottom of the barrel for those two, huh?

BTW, heard you and GB on the radio thu/fri IIRC, MKH. Nice work!

ted c on June 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Fun Fact: MAIG has a grand total of 8 donors

No, that’s not a typo

blammm on June 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM

I think many groups would take just one donor like Nanny Doomberg, who has a net worth of $27 billion.

Resist We Much on June 24, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Ayotte is a traitor to the TEA party and to her land.

Go to Hell scumhag.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2013 at 8:41 PM

This witch is bought and sold by Soros like a harlot.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Sorry, forgot the link.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Kelly Ayotte was my number one elected official. She is dead to me with Amnesty. Never again will we work for Republican Party candidates here in NH Done.

philw1776 on June 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Who needs a country like America anyway?

Let’s swamp it with tens of millions of illegals who scoff at the rule of law.

That’ll work out real well, right Kelly?

profitsbeard on June 24, 2013 at 8:54 PM

The real backlash is yet to come. . . .stay tuned Kelly you’ll know it when you see it.

De Oppresso Liber on June 24, 2013 at 9:03 PM

After Ayotte’s support of amnesty (and most things John McCain), I don’t give a damn what happens to her.

bw222 on June 24, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Of course it’s about money and reelections. She’s a politician.

Jackalope on June 24, 2013 at 8:28 PM

…no!…now she’s a $lut!

KOOLAID2 on June 24, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Who cares, MK? She gets a primary opponent for this amnesty vote anyway…

Jaibones on June 24, 2013 at 9:05 PM

What a coward. Conservative women are supposed to be smarter and more courageous than this.

gophergirl on June 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Real conservatives are.

She is no conservative.

UltimateBob on June 24, 2013 at 9:13 PM

…no!…now she’s a $lut!

KOOLAID2 on June 24, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Now you’ve done it…she’s going to switch parties and run with the WAR ON WOMEN meme!

Jackalope on June 24, 2013 at 9:17 PM

I oppose amnesty and think we should encourage the illegals to self-deport by denying them jobs. But I don’t know that it is productive to be too harsh about Ayotte right now. It’s not that we shouldn’t condemn her for the amnesty vote. It’s just that we shouldn’t burn a bridge here.

In a funny sort of way the worst sell-out on amnesty was the socialist from Vermont, Bernie Sanders. Surprisingly for a socialist, he gets it. He understands exactly how the illegals aren’t in the interest of lower and middle class people, but he sold out for some cheapo “jobs” program.

thuja on June 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

I wonder if her recent conversion to amnesty has anything to do with her husbands “landscaping” company. She betrayed me so now she can kiss my @ss. I called her office this morning again just to remind her that she was elected by telling everyone she would never vote for amnesty, 2 short years later she betrays us all. The Tea Party that helped elect her will now work to defeat her. The nice woman who answered the call said they were getting a lot of calls about this issue. She wouldn’t tell me if the calls were for or against but history shows more people call to complain than compliment.

D-fusit on June 24, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Make that two mayors that nave quit MAIG…in the last couple of days.

Mayor of Illinois’ Third-Largest City Quits Bloomberg Anti-Gun Group

With her amnesty vote today, Ayotte may soon think her middle name is backlash.

Pablo on June 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Ayotte is a useless Grahamnesty clone. She’ll eventually betray on the 2nd Amendment.Don’t waste $$ and effort on electing Northeast RINOS.

vilebody on June 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I also live in Nashua and I know many others are tweeting Mr Nanny Bloomberg to keep his nose out of NH’s business. I also know many others also believe Sen. Ayotte (whom I voted for) is voting for Rubio’s bill because of gun control.

Patrap on June 24, 2013 at 11:54 PM

What a coward. Conservative women are supposed to be smarter and more courageous than this.

gophergirl on June 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

If only somebody would introduce Northeastern feminist Kelly Ayotte (Daley) to a conservative woman so that she could see the difference.

Gingotts on June 24, 2013 at 11:57 PM

will it hurt her?

That is an academic question. The fact is this is not helping her get more votes from her base.

Remember what happened to that senator that won the special election but lost against that bozo harvard you did not make that communist who replaced him?

He lost because his wobbly actions made his base stay home. She won because she motivated her base with her extremist leftist nonsense.

Anyone still need advise from democrats that they should be moderate to win? Yeah right. But have to admit, if the moderate mccainite is that stupid, that moderate has no place in the senate to start with.

huntingmoose on June 25, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Looks like Rubio with long hair, wipe your chin.

stormridercx4 on June 25, 2013 at 3:09 AM

Ayotte is a traitor to the TEA party and to her land.

Go to Hell scumhag.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I plan to work to remove her from office, along with Shaheen and the dems.

dogsoldier on June 25, 2013 at 6:05 AM

She cannot say she wasn’t warned.
In just my case alone, I called several times, posted repeatedly on her FB page, and sent both faxes and emails.

She has turned on her base.
The Marxists on the Nanny Bloomberg side were not going to vote for her no matter which way she voted on the Gun Owner Registration Bill or the AMNESTY for ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS Bill.

New Hampshire politics are retail – those elected get to face us between elections.
I will work to see her vigorously primaried.
However, the Marxist (aka Democrat) Party now can bus in as many fraud voters as they want and election officials will have to be able to speak mexican.

HammerNH on June 25, 2013 at 6:13 AM

Its great she supported firearms rights.

However she lost my support when she voted for an amnesty bill.

She should loose her seat.

TX-96 on June 25, 2013 at 6:13 AM

Ayotte has shown her true stripes on the immigration issue. One cannot possibly read the provisions in this bill and find it anything but one of the most destructive attacks on our sovereignty, governmental structure and freedom in this countries history.

Her Second Amendment vote was self preservation. Ms. Ayotte has certainly misjudged this issue which will find passion far above the gun issue once voters discover the actual content of this bill.

Simply for poor judgment and placing politics above common-sense, fair legislating, Ms. Ayotte has lost my support forever.

Marcus Traianus on June 25, 2013 at 8:04 AM

RINO enablers love to attack “purists” when we criticize pseudo-conservatives for betraying conservative principles.They throw out the -”yeah but they are with us 80% of the time”-BS.What they will not tell you,or will simply ignore is that these RINOs always turn their backs on conservatives when it really counts.The amnesty bill currently before Congress will ultimately secure Obama’s most desired wish-to totally transform America.It is predicated on the notion that the rule of law is totally irrelevant,that our Cnstitution simply doesn’t matter.Ayotte is a traitor to conservative principles.I have no sympathy for her and hope she loses her job.

redware on June 25, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Never, ever waste your time or money supporting a NE liberal Pub. Time and money will be better put to use in red states getting rid of RINOS like Cornyn, Graham, Alexander, Hatch, etc.

they lie on June 25, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Anyone who is always pictured with McCain and Graham is no Conservative. One of the few mistakes Palin made with her endorsement. Hopefully she will correct that next election.

huckleberryfriend on June 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Those ads were being broadcast wall-to-wall on the NESN Red Sox channel and it puzzled me – aside from the bleeding liberalism that’s taken over the southernmost 10 miles of New Hampshire, NH is still the Live Free And Die state. The anti-gun rallies there have met some fierce opposition.

Tom C on June 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Never, ever waste your time or money supporting a NE liberal Pub. Time and money will be better put to use in red states getting rid of RINOS like Cornyn, Graham, Alexander, Hatch, etc.

they lie on June 25, 2013 at 8:37 AM

You’re advocating a bad strategy. Personally, I understand why a Northeastern or West Coast Republican would go the squishy RINO Rockefeller route. A purple or blue state Republican politician who talks, votes, or governs like the governor of Texas isn’t going to be a politician for long. However, there are certain agreed-upon first principles and bedrock concepts to which GOP politicians must adhere in order to be considered Republicans in the first place: a less-is-better approach to governance, reverence for the Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights, and an emphasis on the primacy of individual freedoms and free market capitalism.

If we keep ceding Democratic dominance in deep blue stronghold states like Massachusetts, Illinois, and (especially) California, then what we’ll end up with are an ever-decreasing number of red state bastions and decades in the political wilderness. In 2008, for example, nobody told the Democrats they shouldn’t or couldn’t try to win Indiana, my home state. They went for it and won. Thus, I recommend a full-court press in every national election. Make those socialist weasels fight for every inch.

That said, a given GOP politician’s stance on issues such as abortion, gun control, and immigration reform are make or break for me. Christie’s record on gun rights is inexcusable, as is Rubio’s role in an immigration reform deal that is de facto blanket amnesty. I won’t vote for a pro-choice Republican. I just won’t.

troyriser_gopftw on June 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Is there some kind of stupidity disease rampant in Washington? Good Lord Almighty, these people haven’t got the brains God gave them.

ultracon on June 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Main news of the day? ROFL! Apparently, you don’t have a television or a radio.

Levinite on June 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM