CONCORD - Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen today questioned the honesty of Jeanne Shaheen's claim to have rebuked her spokesperson for calling BAE employees "war profiteers."
Yesterday Shaheen visited Nashua's BAE, New Hampshire's largest manufacturing employer. During the visit, BAE employees questioned why Shaheen had stood by in dumb silence when one of her spokespeople repeatedly called BAE employees "war profiteers" in a summer press release and video. According to today's Nashua Telegraph, Shaheen stated, "I expressed my displeasure with people at the Democratic Party about that release."
"Shaheen's answer doesn't cut it and it doesn't pass the smell test," said Fergus Cullen, chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. "Who, specifically, did Shaheen talk to, and when? One of Shaheen's spokespeople smears more than 4,000 voters who are employees of one of New Hampshire's most respected companies, and Shaheen claims she said made a private rebuke but didn't say anything publicly? I don't believe her," Cullen said.
Video of Shaheen being questioned by BAE employees is posted at http://granitegrok.com/blog/2008/10/vlog_shaheen_faces_the_music_at_bae_syst_1.html
Today's Nashua Telegraph story is post at http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081030/NEWS02/310301068/-1/news
There is an NHPR audio account of the exchange posted at http://www.nhpr.org/node/18647