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Outrageous: Shea-Porter's town halls are behind gates and barbed-wire


Last week, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire highlighted Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's spokeswoman's false statement to the National Journal where she "dismissed charges that her boss is an absentee congresswoman as untrue and listed 10 public town hall events since Shea-Porter took office in 2013." This statement was contrary to the fact that throughout Carol Shea-Porter's term in the 113th Congress, she has refused to host public town hall meetings with her constituents.


As reported in the NHJournal, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire asked Congresswoman Shea-Porter to release the list of alleged ten public town halls she claimed to have had. Considering her spokeswoman said they were "public," our organization also requested proof that she advertised each of these alleged ten town halls to her constituents to allow for their attendance either via her website, mail, an e-newsletter, or social media, prior to all of the events.


As a result of our pressure, Congresswoman Shea-Porter's office released what they claimed were "ten public town halls" to the New Hampshire Union Leader, but they did not produce proof that any of the ten events were made available to the public prior.


Here are the alleged events: 

  • Hooksett GE Workers' Town Hall, June 13, 2014
  • Birch Hill Town, May 12, 2014 - Shea-Porter listens to seniors discuss the Affordable Care Act
  • Conway Veterans Town Hall, May 2, 2014
  • Women's Economic Agenda Summit, March 21, 2014
  • Portsmouth Veterans Town Hall, Feb. 25, 2014
  • Dover Maple Suites Town Hall, Jan. 11, 2014
  • AARP Telephone Town Hall, Dec. 10, 2013
  • Manchester Veterans Town Hall, Aug. 21, 2013
  • WMUR Town Hall, July 29, 2013
  • Great Bay Forum, April 30, 2013

Upon our review, almost all of the events listed above were either not made available to the public on her office's website prior, or they were only made available to certain, pre-selected individuals, to control who would be attending.


For example, it would have been impossible for any member of the public, who wasn't an employee, to have attended the June 13th "Hooksett GE Workers' Town Hall," but Congresswoman Shea-Porter's office still listed it as a "public town hall" meeting. As a facility closed off to the public for security reason, GE is protected by barbed-wire and a security gate with guards at all entrances to ensure only screened employees are allowed on the premises.


In addition, you can click HERE to see what happened at Congresswoman Shea-Porter's May 2nd event, and click HERE to view her January 11th event.


It is now abundantly clear that Congresswoman Shea-Porter's spokeswoman's statement to the National Journal was blatantly untrue and the events she is now trying to pass off as 'town halls' were anything but 'public.' Shea-Porter is feeling the pressure from residents of the 1st District after a year and a half of hiding from them, however her untruthful attempt to now try and convince her constituents that she was accessible, despite that fact that she wasn't, isn't going to quell their frustrations.


If Congresswoman Shea-Porter thinks a meeting held in a heavily guarded facility that has a gate, barbed-wire, and only allows for employees to attend is a 'public town hall,' then she is more disconnected from New Hampshire values than we had originally thought.


Criticism From Within: Democratic State Senator D'Allesandro calls out Shea-Porter and Kuster for hiding

In a radio interview on Thursday, Democratic State Senator Lou D'Allesandro heavily criticized Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster for their notable absences in their districts. Since they won't listen to their constituents and stop hiding, will they at least listen to Senator D'Allesandro?

At one point during the discussion, Senator D'Allesandro actually said, "I wish Carol Shea-Porter was in Manchester more. I haven't seen her in Manchester. Manchester is the heart of the First Congressional District." 

You can hear the full interview clip by clicking HERE.



Missing: Still no answer from Kuster on why she is hiding
We caught up with Congresswoman Annie Kuster on Thursday to ask her why she continues to hide from her constituents and refuses to hold a single Town Hall meeting or public forum.

Apparently, as you can see in our video by clicking HERE, she still has no explanation for why she is hiding from Granite Staters like you. 

Protests: Visiting Shea-Porter at her Laconia fundriaser

On Wednesday, considering Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter refuses to hold actual town hall meetings, we decided to stop by one of her fundraisers in Laconia. 
While Carol might ignore Granite Staters like you, be assured that we will continue to hold visibilities like this one to remind her that she represents all of New Hampshire's First Congressional District, not just her supporters and donors.

If you are interested in helping with future visibility protests, please email
More Calls: Hitting the phones for freedom!
We held even more phone banks in our Manchester office this week. As always, thank you to our volunteers for all of their efforts.

If you would be willing to come into our office and spend a few hours on the phones to help fight for the issues we believe so strongly in, please email


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