AFTER LOSING IN 2010, THEN CONGRESSWOMAN CAROL SHEA-PORTER CLOSED HER OFFICE EARLY AND WASTED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON BIG MONEY STAFF PAYOUTS.
(Manchester – October 1, 2012) At a press conference today, Frank Guinta released new information regarding former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s tenure in Washington after losing her re-election in 2010.
An image of the sign taped to her closed New Hampshire office after she lost in 2010 can be viewed here.
A second document outlining the staff payouts can be viewed here. It details the 49% pay raise Shea-Porter gave her Deputy Chief of Staff in early November 2010 and a 29% pay raise she gave her Chief of Staff and current Campaign Manager in early November of 2010 all after she lost her re-election.
It also includes the incredible payouts for each of these staff members during the final two days of January 1st and 2nd while Congress was no longer in session. Her Chief of Staff received $13,641 for these two days (while not working) and her Deputy Chief of Staff received $11,555.55 for the same two days (while not working). This would be equivalent to a $2.5 million dollar salary and a $2 million dollar salary, respectively.
Derek Dufresne, Spokesman for Guinta for Congress, released the following statement:
“Regardless of the fact we have 42 months of unemployment over 8% and a debt of over 16 trillion dollars, former Congresswoman Shea-Porter made massive payouts to her staff with taxpayer money after losing her election in 2010.
“Coupled with closing her New Hampshire office early, these new details point to the lack of respect former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has for Granite State taxpayers and the hundreds of veterans and seniors who need access to their Member of Congress for help with their federal benefits. Carol Shea-Porter has a lot of explaining to do. Residents of New Hampshire’s First District deserve an answer.”