MANCHESTER -Today, Scott Brown released the following statement in response to Senator Jeanne Shaheen's statement on town halls:
"By attacking town hall attendees as ‘out of state’ people, Jeanne Shaheen has insulted many good folks from New Hampshire. At my town halls, I have been impressed by the number of people who have given up time away from home and their families so they can question candidates on where they stand on the issues. Most of them are from New Hampshire, some of them are Democrats, but everyone is welcome. If Jeanne Shaheen refuses to participate in town halls, that's her choice. But's it wrong for her to belittle constituents who want to carry on with this time-honored tradition.”
During a CQ Roll Call interview, Shaheen claimed her reason for not holding town halls is that "town halls have the propensity to be taken over by outside interest groups." Further, she stated that the people attending town hall meetings “are out-of-state people … and trying to take away the debate about the real issues in this race. The fact is I’ve done, you know, many town halls, a number of telephone town halls, which is a way to reach literally thousands of people, and we’ll continue to do that."
Last night, Scott Brown hosted his fifth town hall meeting as part of the "NH Speaks" series in Stratham focused on foreign policy. Senator Shaheen has not held a town hall meeting in almost two years.