Congressman Is MIA On Administration’s Plan To Deploy 30,000 Additional Troops

CONCORD – Congressman Paul Hodes today is refusing to take a position on the Obama Administration’s plan to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. In response to the President’s speech at West Point last night, Paul Hodes issued a weak, contrived public statement that neither supported nor opposed the President’s war strategy.

 “The statement from U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes from the Second District sounds like a hedge,” reports the Manchester Democrat Examiner (12/1/09).

 “First, Paul Hodes refuses to hold face-to-face town hall meetings with his constituents on health care, and now he won’t tell New Hampshire voters where he stands on sending additional troops to Afghanistan,” said NHGOP Communications Director Ryan Williams. “Obviously, Paul Hodes can’t decide if he’s going to stand with the radical MoveOn.org crowd or stand up for his President. His indecisiveness on this critical issue proves that he lacks the backbone he promised New Hampshire voters he would bring to Washington.”

Public figures from across the political spectrum have already announced their position on President Obama’s plan. Prominent Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) immediately supported the President’s decision to deploy additional troops.