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EXCLUSIVE: As Republican groups and candidates increasingly target Democrats on the issue of crime, Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan lays out her record of support for law enforcement in a new ad airing across the state key to the New Hampshire battlefield.
“As law enforcement, we want the best for our neighbors. Maggie Hassan knows that, and so does she,” said Sheriff Jeff Stiegler of Grafton County in New Hampshire in the spot, which was first shared with Fox News on Tuesday. “She voted with Republicans to add 100,000 new police officers.”
“Hassan has done the opposite of police funding. In every budget as governor, Hassan has increased police funding, and it’s no different with Maggie in the Senate,” the Merrimack County sheriff said. , David Croft, on Hassan, former governor and first-time senator. who has been heavily targeted by Republicans as she runs for reelection this year, in a race that is one of the few across the country that could determine whether Republicans win back the Senate majority in the midterm election. – November mandate.
“She takes New Hampshire’s safety seriously,” Croft points out toward the end of the ad, which Hassan’s campaign says will run statewide and is backed by seven-figure ad buying.
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The release of the spot — six weeks from Election Day — comes as the GOP increasingly shines a light on crime, an issue that national polls indicate voters trust Republicans over Democrats. According to national ad tracking firm AdImpact, Republican campaigns and allied groups ran 53,000 crime ads in the first three weeks of this month.
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Hassan is being challenged by Republican Senate candidate and former Army General Don Bolduc, who is making his second consecutive Senate bid. Bolduc, who ran in the GOP Senate primaries this year as a populist and foreign candidate, narrowly won the Republican nomination two weeks ago.
Bolduc served as an officer with the Laconia, New Hampshire, police department before embarking on a 33-year career in the military, which included 10 tours of duty in the war in Afghanistan. Last week it was endorsed by the Police Benevolent Association of New England.
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In Hassan’s new ad, the two sheriffs also praise the senator’s efforts for border security, which is a major issue in New Hampshire, even though it is located more than 2,000 miles from the US-Mexico border. . Granite State has been hit hard by the fentanyl crisis, with many dangerous synthetic opioids entering the country through the southern border.
“She is for safer borders and the resources to safeguard them,” Stiegler said in the spot.
And Croft notes that “Hassan voted for $8 billion for border security.”
Earlier this year, the senator took a high-profile trip to the US-Mexico border and vocally voiced her opposition to President Biden’s administration’s decision to roll back a Trump-era pandemic restriction known as of Title 42, which allowed authorities to quickly deport asylum seekers. who crossed the nation.
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And Hassan targeted Bolduc on both border security and crime, highlighting comments he made this summer during GOP primary debates where he expressed support for cuts to the Department of Homeland Security. and the abolition or reduction in size of the FBI.