CONCORD – This morning, the Concord Monitor endorsed Governor Maggie Hassan’s bid for U.S. Senate, saying “Hassan is smart and articulate, with a history of successful bipartisan governing as a state senator and governor. She is clearly the best choice to serve as New Hampshire’s junior senator.”
… In a Gallup poll taken last summer, only 6 percent of Americans surveyed said they had confidence in Congress. For the past four years, at a minimum, Congress has been not just dysfunctional but a mean-spirited, fractious graveyard of ideas.
Our fear is that nothing will change unless its membership changes. That’s particularly true of Republicans under the leadership of Senate President Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who considers obstruction his party’s chief mission.
Key among those was the Republicans’ refusal to allow the president, with eight months left in his term, to fill a vacant seat on an evenly divided Supreme Court. That is an unprecedented dereliction of duty.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who is running for a second term against Gov. Maggie Hassan, is dutifully participating in the blockade. For that reason, and because so many of her positions are at odds with those long held by this paper, our endorsement easily goes to Hassan, who promises to be both more independent-minded yet willing to compromise in the name of good government.
… Some of Ayotte’s actions as senator – participating in the Supreme Court blockade and joining the members of her party who signed a letter telling Iran’s leaders that the United States would not respect a nuclear weapons treaty negotiated by the Obama administration, are unpardonable. So, too, is Ayotte’s support, until just recently, of Donald Trump’s buffoonish pursuit of the presidency. Trump is a civic simpleton with neither the temperament, knowledge, experience or ethics befitting a president. As president he would be a major threat to national security. That Ayotte stuck with him until he as much as confessed to sexual assault speaks volumes about her judgment.
The next Senate will consider nominees to fill at least one and probably several seats on the high court. Hassan would approve nominees who would move the nation forward on matters of civil rights, citizen equality, labor fairness, immigration and environmental regulation. Ayotte, we fear, would continue to act in a completely partisan fashion.
…Hassan is also far more likely than Ayotte to support the decisions necessary to combat climate change, which promises, if unchecked, to make much of coastal America uninhabitable.
Hassan is smart and articulate, with a history of successful bipartisan governing as a state senator and governor. She is clearly the best choice to serve as New Hampshire’s junior senator.