Last Saturday morning, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter was scheduled to host what she called a "town hall meeting" in Dover at Maple Suites Senior Living Community. Sadly though,the event was anything but a public forum. Instead, it wasa scripted, tightly-controlled event where she made sure to avoid those who might disagree with her.
In response, Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement on Saturday afternoon:
"While we were hopeful this morning that Rep. Carol Shea-Porter would finally be hosting her first town hall meeting, today's event was no public forum. In order to attend the event, individuals were told they needed to pre-register themselves and the questions they planned on asking. At the meeting itself, video cameras were not allowed inside. This is disheartening both for transparency purposes and for anyone who couldn't attend the event especially considering the dangerous driving conditions caused by today's bad weather. Furthermore, those protesting outside were forced to leave the premises because it was against the 'corporate policies' of the venue her meeting was held at.
"Granite Staters deserve a representative who cares about the opinions of all her constituents and allows for real town hall meetings where all views can be expressed. Once again, we still wait to hear form Rep. Carol Shea-Porter on when she will actually hold her first real town hall meeting. Granite Staters deserve better."
The follow-up from our experience at Rep. Shea-Porter's town hall meeting was covered by the New Hampshire Journal, which you can read by clicking HERE, and by blogger Kimberly Morin, which you can read by clicking HERE.