Right keeps up attack of Hagan for not joining Obama at NCSU

Posted by Craig Jarvis and Renee Schoof on January 15, 2014 

Americans for Prosperity, which is organizing a protest to this afternoon’s NCSU visit by President Obama, kicked off the day by posting a web video slamming U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan for not appearing with him.

Hagan said in an interview on Tuesday morning that she was staying in Washington to be on hand for important votes, including one extending federal unemployment insurance. The Senate later Tuesday, though, didn’t have the 60 votes needed to proceed on extending federal unemployment insurance. The bill included Hagan’s provision that would restore the federal funds to North Carolina. The state was cut out of the federal jobless benefits program last summer when it reduced state benefits.

The Senate’s calendar for Wednesday calls for it to start debate about a bill that would freeze federal flood insurance premium increases. In the afternoon senators will consider a short-term spending bill.

The AFP ad hammers the Republican theme of tying Hagan to Obama as a way of weakening her bid for re-election, especially as the president’s polling numbers continue to fall. “Best friends” is how Wednesday’s video describes them.

Keeping up the pressure, the Republican Party’s research group on Wednesday morning put out a long (more than 1,900-word) release with the headline: “Obama’s in North Carolina, but Kay Hagan is nowhere to be found.”

Hagan’s campaign communications director, Sadie Weiner, noted AFP is a national organization that was founded by the conservative financier Koch brothers.

“This is just another political attack from a shadowy outside group that has no accountability to North Carolinians,” Weiner said. “Just like she’s always been, Kay is focused on doing her job today, which includes cleaning up the unemployment insurance mess Thom Tillis created in Raleigh, voting on a bill to avoid a government shutdown, and attending an Armed Services Committee briefing on Iraq and Syria.”

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