Ayotte Town Hall: What Is Going On Down There?

Oct 23, 2013

Joe Vigue of Berlin waited quietly for his chance to ask Senator Kelly Ayotte about Congress' behavior. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

At Senator Kelly Ayotte’s town hall meeting in Whitefield Wednesday Berlin resident Joe Vigue sat quietly through her description of the nation’s growing deficit and struggle to adopt a budget.

His arms were folded across his chest – and a sweatshirt reading: “I’m like an owl. I don’t give a hoot.”

When Ayotte opened the floor to questions, Vigue wanted to know about a dysfunctional Senate.

“What is it like to deal with almost all of that 100 people that are worse than my eight and nine-year-old grandchildren,” he asked.

Ayotte said there are some good people in Congress who want to solve problems and work together.

“But I am not going to lie to you. It is absurd,” she said. “It is a challenging place because the decisions that you have to make in your lives every day, we keep putting off.”

Ayotte says she continues to oppose the Affordable Health Care Act but it was wrong to try and shut down the government to try and eliminate it.

And she’s not surprised that such a huge percentage of the public has such a low opinion of Congress.

“We’re lucky we still have our family with us. And, based on some of the discussions I’ve had at home even that is questionable some times when they talk about what happens in Washington.”

About three dozen people attended the noon meeting in Whitefield.  Ayotte was also scheduled to make a stop in Jackson.