SOUTH CAROLINA SHAHEEN AND CALIFORNIA CAROL DODGE NH TOWN HALLS
Concord - It's been years since Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter held open town hall meetings with their constituents in New Hampshire. But that hasn't stopped them from leaving New Hampshire this week to attend high-end campaign events with lobbyists, fundraisers and special interest in South Carolina and California.
"Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Shea-Porter have demonstrated that they are elitist Washington politicians would rather rub shoulders with millionaires instead of listening to middle class families at town hall meetings. They continue to thumb their noses at New Hampshire's tradition of open and accessible government because they are unwilling to defend their failed records and blind support for President Obama," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "If Shaheen and Shea-Porter had any respect for their constituents, they would hold a town hall meeting with their constituents before they ditch New Hampshire for another swanky, fundraising junket with the special interests that are bankrolling their campaigns."
Earlier this week, Shaheen attended a $1,000 dollar a head fundraiser in Columbia, South Carolina with Palmetto State politicians and lobbyists. When asked about she was in South Carolina instead of New Hampshire holding town hall meetings, Shaheen ignored questions and nervously ducked into a waiting car. According to the NHGOP's town hall ticker, it's been 716 days since Shaheen's last New Hampshire town hall meeting
Politico reports that Congresswoman Shea-Porter and other vulnerable Democrats will join liberal former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and radical billionaire Tom Steyer at a swanky gathering of high dollar donors in Napa Valley. Guests will attend an event at the home of the owners of Hall Winery, a "lunch and wine pairing" at the exclusive Quintessa Winery and a dinner and cocktail reception at Pelosi's home.
Governor Maggie Hassan and Congresswoman Annie Kuster have also refused to hold town hall meetings. Senator Kelly Ayotte has held numerous town halls across New Hampshire since taking office in 2011.