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John DiStaso's Granite Status: Ayotte joining Ryan at Oct. 8 Guinta campaign 'kickoff' fund-raiser
According to an invitation obtained by the Granite Status, the "Kickoff Breakfast Benefiting Congressman Frank Guinta" will be hosted by Sen. Kelly Ayotte and will be held at the Radisson Hotel at about 8 a.m.
Invitees will get a "private briefing" if they contribute or raise $5,200; a photo reception if they contribute or raise $1,000, limited to two people per photo; and the general reception tickets will go for $250 or $100.
Ryan confirmed last Friday that he is supporting his former colleague, Guinta.
Ayotte is clearly now also supporting Guinta, despite the fact that he will have a likely GOP primary with outgoing University of New Hampshire business school dean Dan Innis of Portsmouth.
(Earlier Granite Status reports follow.)
We've learned the Guinta announcement is imminent, and when it comes, you can expect him to focus on ending the Washington gridlock, on finding common ground without sacrificing principles and bringing New Hampshire-style common sense to Washington.
A NON-ISSUE. If UNH business school dean Dan Innis does in fact run for the 1st District seat against Guinta in a primary, and it's clear he is headed in that direction, he would make history as the first openly gay Republican to run for high office in the state.
State GOP Chairman Jennifer Horn said that although the party platform recognizes marriage as being between one man and one woman, "we realize that there are good, well-intentioned people on both sides of this issue" and the party is focused on fiscal issues.Steve Duprey, a former party chairman, said, "To most Republicans, it's not someone's sexual orientation that counts, but their competence and vision for the future."
"It's a part of who I am," he said, "but that's it."
More important, he said, are "fiscal responsibility, smaller government, and freedom and liberty to our people. Those things are universal.
He said he is personally opposed to abortion and supports the 20-week abortion ban that recently passed the House, but beyond that, he believes it's a matter for a woman and her doctor.
He has already acknowledged he voted in the 2012 Democratic gubernatorial primary - for Jackie Cilley, the former state senator who refused to pledge to veto broad-based taxes and was easily defeated by Gov. Maggie Hassan.
But he then pulled GOP ballots in the 2010 state primary election and in the 2012 presidential primary.
Innis had no comment on his voting beyond his earlier statement to WMUR television that he is a registered Republican and has long supported the GOP, but has donated to Republicans and Democrats and has "some friends and colleagues who are Democrats, like Jackie Cilley and (state) Senator David Watters."
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VULNERABLE JEANNE? Democrats can't be entirely at ease with the results of the Public Policy Polling survey of Granite Staters released last week.
What's more, Shaheen doesn't break 50 percent in job performance approval. The numbers were 49 percent approving and 42 percent disapproving. That's a bit better than Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte's rating, who's performance was approved by 41 percent and disapproved by 45 percent.
PPP says it polled 1,038 New Hampshire voters from Sept. 13 to 16. It says independents comprised 39 percent of its sample, Democrats 31 percent, and Republicans 30 percent.
Hassan received approval of her job performance by 51 percent of those polled, while 33 percent disapproved and 17 percent were not sure.