Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Congresswoman Annie Kuster filing for re-election:
"Congresswoman Kuster has failed New Hampshire residents. Instead of standing up for their best interests, she instead has declared herself Obama's strongest supporter. Granite Staters know that Barack Obama isn't working for New Hampshire, and they will replace Congresswoman Kuster this fall."
We've compiled some questions for Congresswoman Kuster to answer on the campaign trail, and challenge her to hold herself responsible for her own tenure in office.
QUESTIONS FOR CONGRESSWOMAN KUSTER
- What is Annie Kuster's plan for the 10,000 Granite Staters whose jobs would be lost if her National Energy Tax were implemented?
- How does Annie Kuster expect New Hampshire residents to pay 20 cents more per gallon of gas if her National Energy Tax were passed?
- Has Annie Kuster's past as a highly-paid corporate lobbyist influenced her time in Congress?
- Why did Annie Kuster work for a foreign pharmaceutical company that manufactures Rohypnol ("roofies"), an illegal drug linked to date rapes, assaults and robberies?
- Why did Annie Kuster fight against a bill that would have protected consumers' personal information from corporate exploitation?
- Why does Annie Kuster oppose voting privacy for New Hampshire's union members?
- With 57% of New Hampshire residents disapproving of ObamaCare, why does Annie Kuster still support this failed law?
- With only 36% of New Hampshire residents approving of Obama, does Annie Kuster still consider herself one of the "strongest supporters of the president in the entire Congress"?
- Did millionaire Annie Kuster fail to pay her property taxes again this year?
- Does Annie Kuster agree with Harry Reid that New Hampshire residents who have lost their health insurance are liars?
- What took so long for Annie Kuster to demand accountability and results for America's veterans?
- Annie Kuster said she was "born bipartisan", so why does she vote the Democrat party line over 94% of the time?
- Does Annie Kuster think New Hampshire families deserve an apology from President Obama and the Democratic Party for lying when they promised Americans they could keep their healthcare?
Effects of National Energy Tax on New Hampshire: According to the National Association of Manufacturers, New Hampshire's economy will see severe negative effects if a National Energy Tax is implemented. As many as 10,000 jobs would be eliminated over a ten year period. The cost of electricity would jump 18 percent. The cost of natural gas could increase by more than 40 percent. Prices at the pump would go up as much as 20 cents a gallon. (National Association of Manufacturers "Adverse Economic Impacts of a Carbon Tax in New Hampshire," www.nam.org)
Kuster's lobbying career: "For 20 years before her campaign announcement, she worked the halls of the New Hampshire State House as a lobbyist representing a range of clients...Kuster earned more than $1.3 million in lobbying fees" (Concord Monitor, August 15, 2010)
As lobbyist, Kuster walked a fine line: "On April 8, 1998, several people had already testified before the state Senate Judiciary Committee about the dangers of certain "date rape" drugs...Jane #2 said the police told her it would be hard to build a case against the people who'd assaulted her sister because the drug that had been slipped to her - Rohypnol - had wiped her memory clean...she and her sister, echoed by more than 200 local college students who'd signed a petition, women's advocates, the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police and others, wanted the state to change the way Rohypnol was distributed. [Kuster] registered to represent the multibillion-dollar, multinational corporation headquartered in Switzerland that makes Rohypnol" (Concord Monitor, October 25, 2012)
Obama's Job Approval Rating in New Hampshire: 36 Percent: "President Obama's job approval rating (35.8 percent) has plummeted nine percentage points since 2013. Similarly, his disapproval rating is on the rise as well -- sitting at 54.3 percent (a 12.2 percent net increase since 2013). Support for the president's health care law (34/57) is deeply underwater in New Hampshire." (TownHall.com May 12, 2014, Dartmouth Poll)
NHPR Live Blog: Rep. Kuster On The Exchange: Kuster on her voting record, "I would say I'm one of the strongest supporters of the president in the entire Congress." (New Hampshire Public Radio, February 20, 2014)
WMUR U.S. Rep. Kuster owes nearly $11,000 in late property tax bills: "Property tax records show Kuster has been delinquent on more than $40,000 in property taxes over the last three years. For her primary residence, she's been delinquent on six different, consecutive assessments. For the most part, Kuster and her husband do eventually pay these bills along with a penalty." (WMUR February 4, 2013)
Harry Reid: All Obamacare horror stories are 'untrue': "'there's plenty of horror stories being told,' Reid said on the Senate floor. 'All of them are untrue, but they're being told all over America.'" (Washington Post, February 26, 2014)
Embattled Shinseki becomes lightning rod in fight for Senate: "In New Hampshire, state party Vice Chairman Jim Coburn called on the state's entire Democratic congressional delegation to demand Shinseki's resignation. All three - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Reps. Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter - are considered vulnerable this cycle... 'Instead of standing up for our fighting men and women, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and Congresswoman Annie Kuster have stood with President Obama and refused to call for a new Veterans Affairs secretary,' Coburn, himself a veteran, said in a statement." (The Hill, May 22, 2014)
WMUR Analysis 2nd Congressional District race a 'bipartisan title fight': Annie Kuster says she is "born bipartisan." (WMUR September 12, 2012)
Voting with Party, Open Congress: Ann M. Kuster Total Votes: 506, Votes With Party: 477, Rate: 94.3% (Open Congress)
Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it': "PolitiFact has named "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," the Lie of the Year for 2013....For four of the past five years, PolitiFact's Lie of the Year has revolved around the health care law" (PolitiFact, December 12th, 2013)