Ayotte's Vote Against Sandy Relief Just Plain Wrong

The View from Squag City

Actions have consequences. That rule is as true in politics as it is in physics.

New Hampshire's junior Senator might remember that when she votes against things like disaster aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

By voting "no" for even the reduced disaster aid brought to the floor this week, Senator Ayotte has  delivered a message to the people of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Her message is this: "When disaster strikes, no whining. You are on your own."

I remember the pictures out of Alstead, when the floods took lives and property value on a scale that was big for New Hampshire, but tiny compared to the ravages of Sandy. Does Sen. Ayotte think the people of our neighbors to the south won't remember her vote the next time disaster strikes us? Does she think Granite State voters feel comfortable to be represented by someone who doesn't care when our fellow citizens have faced devastating loss?  

I think the community based traditions of New Hampshire are better than whatever principle Senator Ayotte was endorsing through her vote.  It is too bad that her action in voting against hurricane relief may have consequences for the rest of us.

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Jim U Lacrum April 18, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Ms. Ayotte lost any shred of support she might have had from me when she stood up in support of indefinite military detention and assassination of people unilaterally accused of "terrorism" by the Executive Branch. (And it was slipped into what ought to only be a simple budgeting bill. For shame.)
Mike M April 18, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Good job Senator! Please keep voting against the pork and waste that are stuffed into these type of bills. No wonder the country is broke - too many people with their hands out!
Liz Pierce May 02, 2014 at 08:41 AM
perhaps if NJ and NY and CT had emergency savings accounts, this would not be an issue?????
gupta Sinjay May 05, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Maybe Ayotte's intention is to provide jobs for the 500,000 low skilled Visa workers she wants to let in or maybe the 180,000 so called high skilled H1B visa workers she voted to let in, or maybe some of the 20,000,000 illegal aliens she want to keep will clean it up. After all, they are all cheap foreign labor
Stephen D. Clark May 10, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Senator Ayotte is probably the leading GOP candidate for VP if Hillary Clinton decides to run. Republicans are always playing catchup as the "Me too!" party when it comes to matters of individual equality.


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