Included below is a story that shows who has access to Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and who doesn’t. It’s clear: labor unions and liberal activists in Pennsylvania, not the people of New Hampshire who are frustrated with plans for a government takeover of health care and want to voice their concerns to their Representative in Congress. Unfortunately, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is spending her time elsewhere.
“This is yet another example demonstrating just how radically left Rep. Carol Shea-Porter really is. With powerful labor unions and leftist groups pulling the strings, it should really be no surprise that she’d rather spend time promoting big government policies instead of hearing the serious concerns her constituents have with a government takeover of health care.” – Tory Mazzola, Spokesman for the NRCC
Shea-Porter to Speak at Liberal Blog Forum; No Town Halls Scheduled
August 14, 2009
A second member of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is opting to meet with liberal bloggers instead of holding town hall meetings with constituents on the issue of health reform.
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) will speak in Pittsburg, PA today at Netroots Nation, an enclave of liberal bloggers intended to promote liberal public policy, educate activists on internet communication techniques and even enjoy “everything from massages to beer tastings to author signings.”
Netroots Nation is sponsored by several politically powerful unions as well as the influential liberal blog Daily Kos.
Shea-Porter has not held any town hall meetings with constituents this August recess and has no such publicly scheduled events for the balance of the month. Her office did not respond to our request for comment.
Though she appears unwilling to discuss health care with her constituents, Shea-Porter touts her support for “a robust public option” in an e-mail distributed by Netroots Nation.
Shea-Porter will also speak at a second liberal blogger party on August 24th in Concord. Yesterday, NowHampshire.com reported that Rep. Paul Hodes (NH-02), who is the Democrats’ candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Judd Gregg, will speak at the so-called Blue Hampshire Bash instead of holding town hall meetings with constituents.
Shea-Porter has made a series of questionable statements in recent weeks. Last month she claimed that many of her constituents “would love to wait in line for medical care.”