NRCC - Suburban Voters to Carol Shea-Porter: Slow Down or Be Voted Out of Office

After Pushing a Reckless Big-Government Agenda, Suburban Democrats Are Losing Their Footing

Washington- Suburban Democrats like Carol Shea-Porter have a growing list of reasons to be concerned heading into next year’s elections. With voters, especially independents, fleeing the Democrat Party at an alarming rate and electing Republicans in two major races earlier this month, Democrats are already seeing the cracks in their suburban base:

 “Suburban Democrats are bracing to defend their recent gains amid unmistakable signs of volatility among an electorate that is impatient with the pace of economic recovery.”

 “That sentiment applied up and down the East Coast in the 2009 off-year elections, as suburbanites registered their discontent by rejecting Democratic incumbents, even in typically blue-tinted counties.”

 “Some candidates already hitting the trail for 2010 say the worst may be yet to come, as voters grow frustrated with the sputtering economy and wary of the Democratic Party’s domestic agenda.” (Alex Burns, “Suburban Districts See Red,” Politico, 11/19/09)

The Democrats’ suburban defections are part of a mounting pile of evidence that Shea-Porter and her colleagues have managed to spurn key segments of voters with a tax-hiking, big-government agenda that continues to halt economic recovery in its tracks and lacks anything resembling accountability. Even Democrat leaders have taken notice that their constant push for more spending and fewer jobs has turned away independent voters at an alarming pace – but that didn’t stop them from forcing through their trillion-dollar government healthcare takeover:

 “Following serious setbacks with independents in off-year elections earlier this month, White House officials attributed the defeats to local factors and said President Barack Obama sees no need to reposition his own image or the Democratic message.

 “Since then, however, a flurry of new polls makes clear that Democrats are facing deeper problems with independents—the swing voters who swung dramatically toward the party in 2006 and 2008 but who now are registering deep unease with the amount of spending and debt called for under Obama's agenda in an era of one-party rule in Washington.” (Alex Isenstadt, “Dems Alarmed as Independents Bolt,” Politico, “11/18/09)

 “After unapologetically supporting a reckless job-killing agenda that has put the screws to suburban New Hampshire families, it should be no surprise to Carol Shea-Porter that voters are ready to send her packing next November,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Despite the mounting evidence that key voters are turning against her party’s tax-hiking spending spree at an alarming pace, Shea-Porter and her party leaders are showing no signs of moderating their radical push for more government and fewer jobs. Suburban voters are clamoring for more jobs and sound economic policies, but Shea-Porter's arrogant and tone-deaf loyalty to her party’s agenda will have them seeing red when Election Day rolls around.”