The Republican Party has no lack of strong leaders and positive role models, but this Month’s NewsMax has attempted to list the Top 25 Most Influential Women in the GOP.
1 | Kelly Ayotte
U.S. senator from New Hampshire
As New Hampshire’s first female attorney general, Ayotte, 45, is comfortable in the rough-and-tumble of politics. Among the political glitterati who flocked to support her 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate: Sen. John McCain, Sarah Palin, and future presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
Ayotte won by a landslide, announcing her formidable arrival on the national political scene. And she’s delivered an impressive performance in the upper chamber ever since. Her support for the right to bear arms drew the ire of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose Mayors Against Illegal Guns group shelled out nearly $2 million in attack ads against her.
But Bloomberg’s attacks backfired, with at least one mayor resigning from the group in protest. “You know you’re doing something right when you have the left coming after you with full force and vigor,” comments GOP political-law expert Cleta Mitchell. “She has a very bright future.” Ayotte drew heat from grass-roots conservatives who supported her in 2010 with her support for immigration reform. But none of that has diminished the perception of Ayotte as an emerging force. “Sen. Ayotte has a lot of potential,” says University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Dr. Larry Sabato.
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