Letter: From Ayotte, phony-baloney
I drove more than an hour to attend Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s town hall in Warren on Tuesday. I wanted to ask about her vote against gun regulations favored by more than 80 percent of New Hampshire voters.
The senator arrived at noon. She gave a 35-minute PowerPoint presentation on her activities and acknowledged that many people were there because of her pro-gun vote. Then it was announced that she had to depart at 1 p.m., leaving about 20 minutes for questions from the crowd, which exceeded 100 people.
Each person who wanted to speak filled out a ticket with name and topic of question. An Ayotte staffer told me there were more than 60 completed tickets. Of these, approximately 10 lucky individuals, who seemed to be cherry-picked by Ayotte handlers to avoid difficult questions, were allowed to speak. Then the questions were cut off and the senator left. At one point the crowd insisted that Ayotte take a question from Erica Lafferty, daughter of the slain principal of Sandy Hook Elementary.
So, when is a town hall meeting not a town hall meeting? When it is a sham.
Is Ayotte afraid of honest questions from honest people? If not, she should plan enough time at her events for real dialogue, not phony-baloney. Tuesday’s event was an insult to the public.