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Ayotte Says G.O.P. Delegates Will Evaluate Horn Tax Lien

Kelli True

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says the federal tax lien on the home of Jennifer Horn, the candidate she’s backing to be the next state Republican party chairman, will be a factor as republicans choose their next leader.

Ayotte stopped short of criticizing Horn, a former congressional candidate, for running to lead the GOP while the IRS holds a $92,000 tax lien on her house in Nashua. But Ayotte says the lien, which was made public on Facebook by a fellow republican, will be on delegates' minds as they consider whether to support Horn's bid to lead their party at the state GOP convention on January 26.

"The delegates will certainly evaluate all of the information but nobody can doubt that she is very dedicated to the party, has worked for many hours over the years supporting the Republican party."

Jennifer Horn has said she’s working with the IRS resolve her tax debt, which she blamed on the recession and that her husband was “under-employed.” Horn has also called the Facebook posting of her tax lien by Joe Barton, chairman of Newmarket’s Republican Committee a “personal attack, ” a characterization echoed by her main opponent in the race for GOP chairman, Bristol activist Andrew Hemingway.