Shea-Porter Now Claiming She Wasn’t Removed From Bush Town Hall, Despite Promoting Her Ejection In 2005
CONCORD – In an interview with the Portsmouth Herald (9/22/09) this week, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter fraudulently claimed that she was not ejected from a 2005 town hall event hosted by then-President George W. Bush. However, four years ago Ms. Shea-Porter told the same newspaper that she was removed by Secret Service agents for voicing her opposition to President Bush’s policies. Ms. Shea-Porter’s dishonest attempt to conceal her 2005 ejection comes after a retired police officer was removed from one of her recent town hall meetings for voicing his opposition to the Democrats’ disastrous health care agenda.
“Carol Shea-Porter’s intentionally deceitful attempt to rewrite history and conceal her past is both disgraceful and insulting to her consituents,” said NHGOP Communications Director Ryan Williams. “Fortunately, New Hampshire voters are smart enough to see through such dishonesty and realize that in her nearly three years in Washington, Carol Shea-Porter has evolved from a liberal political activist into a two-faced politician.”
In a story that ran in the Herald on Tuesday, Shea-Porter claimed that she “wasn't removed from the event,” and pretended that she only remembers “having a confrontation with a Bush supporter after the event.”
However, a 2005 Associated Press (11/23/05) report confirms that Ms. Shea-Porter was “removed from a Bush appearance at Pease International Tradeport” and “taken out a side door by security personnel.” She also verified her ejection in 2005 interview with the Herald (11/23/05) in which she admitted she was “physically removed by Secret Service agents.”
In fact, then-political activist Carol Shea-Porter was extremely open about her removal in numerous interviews with the media. In an interview with the Denver Post (4/26/05), Shea-Porter claimed that she was kicked out “like a drunk being thrown out of a bar…They tossed us where nobody would have access to us."
Shea-Porter’s saga was also promoted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which stated in a 2005 press release that her “critical viewpoint,” had been “removed” from President Bush’s town hall.
In 2009, Congresswoman Shea-Porter has gone out of her way to avoid unrestricted, face-to-face contact with New Hampshire voters. She has repeatedly used vulgar and offensive epithets to refer to First District residents who disagree with her support for a government takeover of health care. Ms. Shea-Porter has also held controlled and highly restricted forums that limited the ability of her constituents to ask questions about her ruinous fiscal agenda. At one of her events a retired police officer was ejected after he voiced his opposition to Ms. Shea-Porter’s policies.
“Given her own history of political activism, Carol Shea-Porter’s recent attempts to malign frustrated taxpayers and limit her interactions with the public are sanctimonious and extremely hypocritical. Her shameful behavior during the recent Congressional Recess is beneath the level of integrity that First District residents expect and deserve from their Congresswoman,” said Williams.