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Runs Away From Capitol Hill Reporters When Asked To Defend Her Vote


Concord - Senator Jeanne Shaheen today voted with a minority of senators for a radical Obama Administration nominee who used groundless charges of racism to try to free a convicted cop killer. Debo Adgebile was rejected in a 47-52 vote to become the next United States Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Bob Casey (D-PA), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) joined Republican senators in opposing Adgebile's nomination.


"Senator Shaheen's decision to blindly support another radical Obama Administration nominee serves as a reminder that she votes with the president 99 percent of the time instead of voting with New Hampshire. Once again, Jeanne Shaheen decided to take orders from President Obama and ignore serious concerns voiced by law enforcement officials and even fellow Democrat senators," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Jeanne Shaheen continues to prove that she is a rubber stamp for the Obama Administration and that she lacks the independent leadership Granite Staters expect from their elected officials."


Politico reports that Adegbile drew opposition from national law enforcement organizations for his work representing Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. The Fraternal Order of Police and the National Association of Police Officials, which described Adegbile as someone who "made his name defending one of the most notorious and unrepentant cop killers around," vigorously opposed the nomination.


Roll Call reports that Shaheen ran away from Capitol Hill reporters when asked about her decision following the vote.


"I think he's well qualified," Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said of Adegbile as she rushed into an elevator.