Ayotte Bids Farewell As Hassan Moves On To U.S. Senate

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U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, said goodbye as U.S. Sen.-elect Maggie Hassan, D-NH, readies her Washington office.

Two New Hampshire politicians have said goodbye to their current positions, one of them with an uncertain future. Roger Wood reports.

Republican Kelly Ayotte was defeated in the general election by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan. Democrat Hassan has begun packing her bags and setting up the Senate office occupied by Ayotte for the past six years.

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She’s already resigned from the corner office in Concord taking most of her staff with her to Washington. Ayotte has let her staff go to look for future positions.

She has taken to the Senate floor to say goodbye to her colleagues.

During her single term, Ayotte was an active member of the Senate Armed Services Committee questioning many of the Pentagon’s top brass on a number of subjects.

She also pointed out her pride in the New Hampshire National Guard and her efforts with Arizona Senator John McCain to save the Air Force A-10 “Warthog” close-in aircraft from retirement. Ayotte also said she hopes that efforts to prevent closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center will be continued in the next administration. And, she called for bipartisan cooperation going forward.

Ayotte, who served as New Hampshire’s Attorney General before her Congressional service, hasn’t said what her future plans will be.

For InDepthNH.org, I’m Roger Wood


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