NRSC - What Is Paul Hodes Hiding?

After Two Weeks Of Conspicuous Silence, Hodes Still Refuses To Come Clean Regarding Whereabouts During Skipped Vote

WASHINGTON – After repeatedly playing politics with the extension of unemployment benefits in an attempt to score political points for his floundering campaign, U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) missed the July 22, 2010 vote on the measure and continues to face questions from Granite State voters regarding his whereabouts and his poor judgment.

As the Concord Monitor reported last Friday, “After repeatedly prodding his Republican opponents in the U.S. Senate race to support extending unemployment benefits, Democratic U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes last week missed the vote. A spokesman for the Hodes campaign said an unspecified ‘scheduling issue’ prevented the congressman from voting July 22… Hodes was scheduled to appear in Las Vegas the next day at the liberal bloggers convention Netroots Nation…”

Today, the Monitor followed up and reported that Hodes still “isn't saying where he was two weeks ago when he missed a vote to extend unemployment benefits… ‘I had a scheduling conflict and wasn't able to be at the vote. I had a pre-arranged out-of-state trip,’ Hodes said yesterday at a news conference…Hodes declined to say where the trip was. ‘The trip was out of state,’ he said. He was scheduled to appear at Netroots Nation, a liberal bloggers convention, in Las Vegas the day after the vote.”

“What is Paul Hodes hiding? After playing politics with taxpayer dollars and unemployment benefits, why won’t Paul Hodes explain where he was when the House voted on this measure? Was Paul Hodes pandering to liberal bloggers in Las Vegas when he missed this critical vote?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Press Secretary Amber Marchand.  “If he has nothing to hide after two weeks of conspicuous silence, Paul Hodes should come clean immediately and tell New Hampshire voters exactly where he was and why he skipped this vote.”