As Middle Class Struggles, Shea-Porter is Nowhere to be Found
MANCHESTER – This morning, Frank Guinta was with Jack Heath on WGIR, an event initially slated to be a debate between him and Congresswoman Shea-Porter. The Congresswoman declined to attend.
She has also failed to accept a debate invitation from New England College. Additionally, she has repeatedly refused to hold a public town hall meeting since the beginning of her term in 2013. Recently, the Congresswoman released a list of alleged public town halls that she held, including one that supposedly occurred in Hooksett.
Don Wintertown, a Town Councilor from Hooksett, released the following statement:
“As an elected Town Councilor in Hooksett I understand the importance of outreach and interaction with constituents. I am very disappointed in the representation from Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter that her tour of GE Aviation in Hooksett on June 13, 2014 is considered a town hall meeting. While it is important that the Congresswoman tour local business facilities, meet employees and discuss their issues, it is incorrect to call this a town hall meeting as it was a closed meeting at a private facility behind barbed wire fence and with security guards at all entrances for an event exclusively for screened employees. I have tried to work with the Congresswoman on a personal issue, and would have thought and expected to be notified of a town hall meeting both as a constituent and a Town Councilor. All my constituents deserve access to OPEN town hall meetings as does the entire First Congressional District.”
Frank Guinta released the following statement:
“In addition to her refusal to meet with Granite Staters, the most disheartening aspect of this is that she's ignoring the most fundamental responsibility of her office, to help those in need. Those that seek and hold office have the obligation to be responsive, to put politics aside, to care for those they've been elected to serve. Time and time again, she has failed to provide for her district and broken the public's trust. At a time when we face so many challenges, New Hampshire deserves a leader who will seek input, be collaborative, incorporate our ideas, and most importantly, listen. Shea-Porter's record is the antithesis of this."