“Carol Shea-Porter rightly faced the August heat for at first avoiding her constituents and face-to-face town halls and later for hastily throwing together a staged forum, packing it with supporters and leaving many concerned voters out in the rain. Her actions go against the fundamentals of Democracy and the long-standing New Hampshire tradition of town hall meetings with open, honest debate. Voters in New Hampshire are tired of Shea-Porter’s political tactics and her partisan voting record which lines up with Nancy Pelosi’s big government agenda.” – Tory Mazzola, NRCC Spokesman
Politico: The August Recess Casualty List
By Josh Kraushaar
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.)
Live by the sword; die by the sword.
Prior to winning her seat in 2006, Shea-Porter won attention by asking pointed questions at the town halls held by the incumbent she defeated, former GOP Rep. Jeb Bradley. In 2005, she was escorted out of a town hall meeting featuring Bush.
Now in her second term in Congress, Shea-Porter is suddenly less enamored of the town hall format. She recently agreed to hold open health care town hall meetings — but only after facing sharp criticism from the local media and from Republicans.
Shea-Porter is still vulnerable enough — she hasn’t topped 52 percent in her two House elections — that the flap could prove to be extremely damaging.
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