This week, Senator Jeanne Shaheen held an event at the Concord City Auditorium. It was, according to her press release, to "discuss the difference she makes for veterans" and "call for passage of the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act."
However, when Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's Executive Director, Matthew Murphy, a US Army veteran, tried to attend, he was met with fierce resistance from Senator Shaheen's staff. Despite being a veteran himself, he was told he was not welcome to hear her thoughts on the issue unless he was there to 'endorse' the senator.
Video of the interaction can be viewed HERE and Examiner.com's Kimberly Morin wrote an article on it, which can be read HERE.
Matthew Murphy, Executive Director for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, said the following after the event:
"To say I am disgusted with the way Senator Shaheen and her staff handled themselves today is an understatement. As a US Army veteran, I shouldn't have to 'endorse' my US Senator to hear how she is going to fix the scandal-ridden Veterans Administration. I don't deserve to be kicked out of an event where she is expected to discuss policies that benefit those who have served. Put simply, I, or any veteran for that matter, should be able to engage with my US Senator on any issue. However, today she made it abundantly clear that only certain New Hampshire veterans can be awarded that privilege.
"Senator Jeanne Shaheen has not hosted a single public town hall meeting in years. As evidence by her actions today, she continues to only want to listen to those who are beneficial to her own career. Granite Staters, in particular our veterans, deserve much better than that."