This story is beginning to blow up online. Outgoing Democrat Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) appears now to blame her re-election campaign loss on the Chinese. Without proof, of course. And yes, she's thinking of running again in 2012.
Shea-Porter implies Chinese cost her election, helped Guinta
By Shawn Millerick
Outgoing Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter implied the Chinese cost her re-election in November and secretly funneled money to help her Republican opponent Frank Guinta during a post-election interview with ABC News.
“They’re in the halls of Congress everywhere,” Shea-Porter said in the interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “[A]nd it means, for example, that you sit on a committee and you say something about concern about Chinese influence or something, you don’t even know if in the next election, somehow or another, they manage to send some money to some group that now doesn’t even have to say where they got it.”
There is no evidence that the Chinese funneled money into the First Congressional District race. Such a contribution would be illegal.
The Obama administration accused some groups, especially the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, of accepting illegal foreign money to help Republicans during the midterm elections. The charge was widely panned and did not appear to persuade the electorate.
Shea-Porter is a probable candidate for her old seat in 2012.