(April 28, 2014) - Back in July of 2008, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley was quoted in a Concord Monitor article saying "the voters of New Hampshire expect their public officials to be open and available to the public."
Almost six years later, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) have been anything but "open and available" with their constituents. If anything, they have been the most hidden and isolated representatives our state has ever seen.
While Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire agrees with Mr. Buckley's statement, it is a shame that Shaheen, Hassan, Shea-Porter, and Kuster don't hold themselves to the same standards he articulated years ago.
The web video we are releasing today titled, "What Are They Hiding?" is just a fraction of the clips our organization has collected over the last year displaying the true disregard these individuals have for those whom they are supposed to represent.
Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:
"As New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley correctly asserted in 2008, Granite Staters have always expected their elected officials to be accesible. However, a lot has changed over the years. Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster have certainly not made themselves available to hear what New Hampshire residents think about the important issues. While they are quick to hold fundraisers and attend partisan functions, not one has hosted a real town hall meeting in years. In fact, some of the aforementioned elected officials have never hosted a single one. That's just wrong.
"While these four 'representatives' might be quick to ignore our request, we hope they will at least consider listening to Mr. Buckley's plea for them to be available and open with their constituents. Until they do, with so much effort being put into avoiding Granite Staters, it begs us to ask the question: What are they hiding?"