Concord - Today, the Portsmouth Herald reported that Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter believes that New Hampshire Democrats should endeavor to ensure that Republican voters don't turn out on Election Day, saying that Democrats should "maybe keep them home." She also referred to the fight against New Hampshire Republicans as playing a game of "Whac-A-Mole." New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement in response:
"It's stunning that Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter believes that those who disagree with her and her party should not exercise their right to vote. It's bad enough that the Congresswoman refuses to hold events where New Hampshire residents can express an opinion that differs with her. Now we know that she does this because she is not interested in hearing what they have to say - rather, she'd like to knock them down and keep them quiet. Congresswoman Shea-Porter's statements are disrespectful and she should apologize to all New Hampshire residents for her attempts to interfere with democracy in our state."
- "The only way you can justify a tan in August is if you've marched in all of the political parades," she joked, adding that citizens should invite those of like minds to garner as much support as possible for the Democratic Party. Of those not planning to vote for Democratic candidates, she suggested, "maybe keep them home." She referred to the fight against Republicans as a game of "Whac-A-Mole." (Crystal A. Weyers, "Democrats gather to rally support for the party," Portsmouth Herald, 5/5/2014)