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Carol Shea-Porter - For the Rest of Us 

The 2012 campaign season is rapidly coming to a close. The commercials are as thick and dark and biting as black flies, and mailers warn voters to beware of Candidate X or Y. Just this week, one special interest group bought $2 million dollars of ads against me, which is more than I will spend for my whole campaign. Voters will have to wade through it all and make a decision. I hope they will vote for me for Congress because I care deeply about our state and our country and I will serve the good people of New Hampshire, not special interests.

I am a proud direct descendent of General John Stark, whose words “Live Free or Die” are frequently quoted. My roots are deep, and I know, love, and respect this great little state of ours. I grew up in a Republican family and I remember how New Hampshire Republicans and Democrats could disagree about policy but still come together to serve our communities. I believe we must do that again—walk away from the tea party agenda that divides us and join together with a renewed sense of purpose and unity to tackle our problems. During my four years in Congress, I was known for my advocacy for the middle class, for small businesses, and for the American dream. As the Seacoast Media Group and the Portsmouth Herald said, “Our interests were her interests.” I never accepted corporate PAC or DC lobbyist money. I cosponsored the Fair Elections Now Act and the DISCLOSE Act, because without campaign finance reform, we cannot tame the extraordinary influences of special interests that hurt ordinary Americans. I want to continue my efforts for campaign finance reform in Congress.

I served our military and veterans on the Armed Services Committee. As a former military spouse and proud wife of a veteran, I was especially happy to pass the new GI Bill of Rights that thanks our combat veterans with great education benefits. I introduced the bill to get a full-service VA Hospital or equal access to in-state care, and succeeded in getting more clinics and an acute care contract with Concord Hospital. Right now, New Hampshire does not have a Representative on the House Armed Services Committee, which is especially unfortunate because the current Congress’ vote for the Sequester has put New Hampshire defense jobs and jobs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in jeopardy. I want to return to the House Armed Services Committee to advocate for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, its defense mission, and their incredible workforce.

Serving on the Education and Labor Committee, I cosponsored legislation that cut student loan interest rates in half and increased Pell grants for students. I cosponsored the minimum wage increase, which became law, and cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restores a woman’s right to challenge unfair pay, also now the law of the land. I want to serve New Hampshire workers, small businesses, and families again in Congress.

I stood up for the New Hampshire environment. From the Ossipee Pine Barrens to land preservation around Great Bay, from the Presidential Range to clean water, I worked for funding to study and protect our environment.

I held seminars and workshops to help small businesses, including one in Manchester in 2010 to help small defense contractors compete for federal contracts that drew more than 150 people. I voted for the Small Business Jobs Act and eight small-business tax cuts. The Seacoast Media Group and the Portsmouth Herald wrote in their endorsement, “Voters who value bipartisanship will remember Shea-Porter’s outstanding work with her Republican colleagues from Maine and New Hampshire to safeguard funding for the new Memorial Bridge and much needed upgrades at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.”

We passed the health care law, saved the American auto industry and all of its jobs, and prevented a Depression. All of these were great accomplishments. But now we need to grow the economy, reduce the debt, protect Medicare from being changed to a voucher program, and help young people get an education and their piece of the American dream. I know we can do it—it is in the American DNA to tackle problems and succeed. I want to work on these issues for the rest of us.  I would be honored to receive your vote on November 6th.


Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter represented New Hampshire’s First District from 2007-2011, she is seeking a third term in the November, 2012 election.  She wrote the proposal for and established a non-profit, social service agency, which continues to serve all ages.  She taught politics and history and is a strong supporter of Medicare and Social Security.

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Reader Comments (5)

Oh boy, another "I was raised in a Republican home" line of crap.

Is that a Democrat talking point too?

How lame.
October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEd Naile
RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”

Is hypocrisy a Republican tactic?

How lame.

Too bad you can't delete this post too, Ed. It's unfortunate you can't defend your drivel without the Gestapo like censorship.
October 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTroll
So troll, how is Carol Shameless-Portåge's DNA going to save us from ourselves, exactly? More humorously, how is she going to grow jobs using Uncle Sammy's manure, without concurrently raising the debt boat above the yellow seas? Now that's a magical candidacy.

C. dog honoring Carol's bid to expand her pension by voting no on her ticket to tax-funded retirement
October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog
To be honest Dog, I don't know the answer to that question. I don't think her DNA has any bearing on the question so I'm not sure what you are asking here. What I can tell you is that any congressman who can find $250,000 dollars that he forgot about in some mysterious bank account CANNOT understand the plight of the middle class today. Honestly, when was the last time you misplaced a quarter of a million dollars? When was the last time you had a quarter million dollars all in one place to lose? If money is free speech then someone is yelling very loudly in Frank Guinta's ear and he is not going to hear a word the rest of us little people are saying.
October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTroll
Now that we're being honest, troll, I'm not a fan of Guinta either. He's mighty weak tea that a RINO might prefer, but far from the strength needed to stoke the billows to fan the flames of freedom, or blow a light breeze to lift Lady Liberty's skirt for that matter. Both Frank and Carol's DNA is that of a sheepherder tryin' to round up all the little sheople.•

* DNA reference was originally Carol's, not mine. I don't have a clue why she brought up her crossed chromosomes.
– C. dog drug testing pols to detect who is using PED's (Pol Enhancing Devices)
October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. dog

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