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Giuliani Robocalls for Kevin Smith

September 11, 2012

Republican Ovide Lamontagne is expected to win today's GOP gubernatorial primary in New Hampshire -- but his primary opponent Kevin Smith isn't going down without a fight.

WMUR reports that a PAC backing Smith, Granite Freedom PAC, arranged for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to tape a robocall Monday night that they say will go out to 90,000 New Hampshire voters.

And Granite Freedom PAC said it was spending about $18,000 over the last four days of the primary on a radio ad hitting Lamontagne on his GOP credentials. WMUR:

The minute long ad has been running on eight New Hampshire radio stations since Saturday morning, according to the PAC's treasurer, Alicia Preston, of Hampton.

The ad repeats a line Lamontagne told WMUR a year ago when he said he would like to be a governor in the mold of Democrat John Lynch. Then the ad repeated two more quotes from Lamontagne, one suggesting he would check his Republican Party label at the door of the governor's office, and a line he said at a WMUR.com/Monadnock Ledger-Transcript debate this summer. During the debate, he suggested he would be "Scott Lynch" when he had to choose between being like Lynch or Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a conservative hero.

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