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Did you know that the state of New Hampshire (Live Free or Die!) has only one person on death row? Also FYI, as Amnesty International reports, New Hampshire Republic Senator-elect Kelly Ayotte‘s friends think that guy’s death sentence is hilarious. Read this email exchange, which occured between Ayotte and close political adviser Robert Varsalone just as she kicked off her plans to run for senator, for the punchline:

“Have you been following the last 2 week.  A police officer was killed and I announced that I would seek the death penalty,” Ayotte responded to Varsalone in the Oct 27, 2006 e-mail.

“I know, I read about it.  Where does [then-Attorney General] Ayotte stand on the Death Penalty? BY THE SWITCH.”

See what he did there?

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