CHARLOTTE, NC – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, and several other Democrats up for reelection in 2014, have recently landed on the radar of several high-profile national news organizations for appearing to hedge on major issues including gun control, gay rights, and the budget.
The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico and Buzzfeed have all reported on Hagan’s stances in recent days on the budget, gun control, and marriage equality.
The Times reported on gun control ads running in swing states, sponsored by New York City Mayor and gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg. The ads are intended to put pressure on some of the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrats. “The gun issue is particularly problematic because they will need Republican votes to win re-election,” The Times reported.
Hagan’s communication director, Sadie Weiner, told NBC Charlotte, "As the debate moves to the Senate floor, Senator Hagan will be looking for a commonsense place to start this discussion, which could be background checks, so long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of responsible gun owners. Senator Hagan always votes for North Carolina first, and she will continue listening to the voices of North Carolinians."
Over the weekend, popular website Buzzfeed featured a picture of Hagan at the top of an article with the headline, “At Risk Democratic Senators Shy Away from Marriage Equality.”
In the article Hagan states her position as, "I am really concerned right now about the budget, about jobs in my state."
Trying to clarify the Senator’s stance, NBC Charlotte reached out to Hagan’s office. The following statement was issued:
I opposed Amendment One in North Carolina last year and was disappointed that the measure passed. Right now, though, the most pressing issue for North Carolinians is jobs and the economy. I'm working every day to help people get back to work and pass commonsense legislation like my bipartisan effort to restore tuition assistance for service members that won approval in the House and Senate last week. Helping our economy grow and work for all of our families is the most important task at hand.
On Saturday, Hagan voted with a few other Democrats up for reelection in swing states against a budget which narrowly passed in the senate.
Senator Hagan is frequently seen as one of the more moderate and bipartisan voices in the U.S. Senate. In 2012, The National Journal cited her as the forty-eighth most liberal and fifty-second most conservative member of the U.S. Senate, leaving in the middle of the political divide.
Weiner says that can often give the appearance that she is hedging on an issue or “playing it safe.”
“She’s listening to North Carolinians. That’s all that matters to Kay Hagan,” she said.