NH GOP - Hodes, CSP raise separate eyebrows

FYI, two news items. First, Carol Shea-Porter offers this non-sensical "explanation" for opposing the Heller gun decision, apparently forgetting that the Vice President is, in fact, a member of the Bush administration. Second, Paul Hodes plays "blame the intern" again.

SHEA-PORTER: "The Supreme Court has spoken. While I have always supported individual gun rights, I agreed with the Bush administration that there should be some standards. The Supreme Court, however, sided with Vice President Cheney and others," said Shea-Porter in a prepared statement. (From Friday's Fosters, http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080627/GJNEWS_01/359894100/-1/FOSNEWS)

HODES (from today's Roll Call Heard on the Hill column):

Blocked Arteries. Usually, the word “obstructionist” comes up in political conversations. But on Friday, already-hassled Washington, D.C., commuters could level that charge at Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.), on the topic of traffic.

Hodes’ black Toyota SUV was parked on the side of the inbound side of Massachusetts Avenue Northwest near Ward Circle while rush hour was in full swing, never mind the fact that the right lane doesn’t turn into a parking lane until 9:30 a.m. The parked vehicle slowed traffic as motorists had to pull around the hulking truck. But at least they knew where to complain: The truck bore Congressional plates reading, “N.H.2nd,” which is Hodes’ district.

A Hodes spokesman fingered a “junior staffer” for the parking snafu, saying the new-to-Washington aide used the car to drop the Congressman at the airport the night before, then parked it and left it overnight, not realizing that the avenue was a no-parking zone during rush hour.

But unlike most illegally parked cars (at least those without Congressional plates), Hodes’ didn’t have a ticket on it.

We’re shocked, shocked.

Fergus Cullen
Chairman, NH Republicans
10 Water Street
Concord, NH 03301