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Friday
Aug212009

DSCC - AS OVIDE LAMONTAGNE LAUNCHES WEBSITE, WILL HE CONTINUE TO PUT INTERESTS OF VERY WEALTHY OVER NH'S MIDDLE CLASS? 

Lamontagne Debuts www.discoverovide.com Just Days After Kelly Ayotte’s Attacks On His Wealthy Upbringing

 

 

Today, as Ovide Lamontagne launches his U.S. Senate campaign website, www.discoverovide.com, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has made some interesting “discoveries” about Ovide Lamontagne which the people of New Hampshire will be discovering soon as well. As Kelly Ayotte’s recent attacks on Ovide Lamontagne made clear, the former gubernatorial candidate has spent years advocating for policies that benefit only the wealthy, at the expense of the middle-class. Currently, Lamontagne is calling for an immediate, complete repeal of President Obama’s stimulus package, which has saved and created thousands of good paying jobs in New Hampshire. Lamontagne is staunchly anti-choice, opposed the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and doesn’t support health care reform. After the people of New Hampshire get a full view of Lamontagne’s record, they will find an extreme right-wing politician determined to bring New Hampshire back to the failed policies of George W. Bush.

 

“Once New Hampshire voters discover Ovide Lamontagne, they will find a candidate who has consistently advocated for policies that favor the very wealthy over the middle-class,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Communications Director Eric Schultz. “Whether it is his unqualified support for George W. Bush’s failed economic policies, his anti-choice stance, or his dismissal of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, it is clear that Lamontagne wants to take New Hampshire backwards, not forwards, and it’s why he is unfit to serve in the United State Senate.”

 

Ayotte Criticized Lamontagne’s Allegedly Wealthier Upbringing. In August 2009, Ayotte introduced an attack on her GOP primary opponent Ovide Lamontagne contrasting his presumably wealthier upbringing to her middle class background. According to Red Hampshire, “While she mentioned Paul Hodes by name throughout her stump speech she did take the opportunity to fire one of her first shots across the bow of the GOP Primary. She also took her first slap at potential primary rival Ovide Lamontagne, contrasting her middle-class background and strong family connections in the state with Lamontagne’s (presumably large and fancy) farm.” [Red Hampshire Blog, 8/17/09]

 

 

Thursday
Aug202009

NRCC - Politico: Shea-Porter Under Fire 

Politico’s “The Scorecard” reports that Carol Shea-Porter is “under fire because she hasn’t held any town halls.”

 

http://www.politico.com/blogs/scorecard/

 

Remember When?

Not too long ago, Shea-Porter was a big supporter of town halls, but now she won’t face her constituents who are frustrated by her liberal voting record and want to voice their concerns with a government-run healthcare system. Watch Here

 

“The same Carol Shea-Porter who campaigned on town halls is failing to give her constituents the same opportunity to voice their opinions, or I should say frustrations. Town halls are a tradition in New Hampshire, so it’s no surprise that Shea-Porter’s constituents are disappointed. She’s correct in her ad that some of her constituents may not know her -- it’s because she won’t meet with them. In a turn of events plagued by broken promises, now the people of New Hampshire are ‘begging’ her to host an in person town hall. How can she ‘speak’ for her constituents when she won’t even meet with them?” – Tory Mazzola, NRCC Spokesman

 

Additional Background Information

 

8/19/09: Poll: Granite Staters Disagree with Hodes, Shea-Porter Town Hall Avoidance: Forty percent of Granite State voters strongly disapprove of Reps. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter’s decision not to hold town hall meetings on health care during the congressional August recess

 

DUCKING DUO: HODES, SHEA-PORTER LOOKING BAD (Union Leader, August 19, 2009)
Union Leader: August 19, 2009: If God has given Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes the brains He has bestowed on little green frogs, New Hampshire's two U.S. representatives will wise up and submit themselves this month to actual face-to-face, unrestricted meetings with their constituents. The longer they wait, the worse they look, and the happier are their political rivals. The ducking duo need not take our word for it (though no doubt they do). The Portsmouth Herald's editorial page, which points in a different direction than this one, took up the issue last weekend. Here are excerpts: This year members of Congress came home to find some of their constituents concerned about the direction Washington and the Obama administration are taking the country. Some are angry about the bailouts of the banking and automobile industries. Some think the country is being pushed toward becoming a socialistic state. And some are scared about -- and don't want -- potential changes in health care being spurred on at a rapid pace by the President. As a result, in some districts outside New England, there have been instances of people disrupting the typical so-called town hall meetings that members hold by angrily shouting down the senators or representatives and just plain disrupting the purpose of the event. (more)

 

Thursday
Aug202009

NRCC - Oh, what to do, what to do..... 

Carol Shea-Porter’s To Do List

Meet with Left-root liberals in Pittsburg . . . Pennsylvania

Raise campaign cash at fundraiser

Get orders from Washington Democrats

 

?? Meet with voters who elected me to Congress

In case you missed it . . . today’s Union Leader.

 

Note: Hodes and Shea-Porter need to put down the phone and the other contrived and restricted public access points they have ginned up and instead place themselves in front of the public. Really. It's not difficult.

 

Ducking duo: Hodes, Shea-Porter looking bad

Manchester Union Leader Editorial August 19, 2009

 

If God has given Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes the brains He has bestowed on little green frogs, New Hampshire's two U.S. representatives will wise up and submit themselves this month to actual face-to-face, unrestricted meetings with their constituents. The longer they wait, the worse they look, and the happier are their political rivals.

 

The ducking duo need not take our word for it (though no doubt they do). The Portsmouth Herald's editorial page, which points in a different direction than this one, took up the issue last weekend. Here are excerpts:

 

"This year members of Congress came home to find some of their constituents concerned about the direction Washington and the Obama administration are taking the country. Some are angry about the bailouts of the banking and automobile industries. Some think the country is being pushed toward becoming a socialistic state. And some are scared about -- and don't want -- potential changes in health care being spurred on at a rapid pace by the President. As a result, in some districts outside New England, there have been instances of people disrupting the typical so-called town hall meetings that members hold by angrily shouting down the senators or representatives and just plain disrupting the purpose of the event.

 

"These people might be angry and frustrated, but outbursts such as we have seen do them no good. Instead, their positions are weakened. ... That said, many members of Congress continue to schedule town hall meetings.

 

"Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who was on the receiving end of verbal abuse at a meeting last week, went back the next day and held another one. Afterward he said, 'Traditionally, people who come to town meetings have objections. They may not be representative of America, but they are significant, and their views have to be taken into account.'

 

"What he was saying is members of Congress can't duck the tough questions and expect to continue to be respected, or even re-elected.

 

"Sen. Jeanne Shaheen had a telephone town meeting conference call a couple of weeks ago, and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter's spokeswoman said the congresswoman plans to hold a phone call session as well. But she does not plan to hold any town hall meetings.

 

"The whole concept of a telephone town hall meeting is flawed. We live in New England, where the town meeting form of government originated and where it still thrives. We know how a town meeting is supposed to work, and it certainly isn't by telephone. It is neighbors meeting face-to-face to discuss the issues.

 

"In the words of a Shea-Porter's spokeswoman: 'The purpose of town halls is to allow members of Congress to hear from their constituents, provide information about legislation, and to exchange ideas and perspectives.'

 

"Correct. So why isn't she having any?

 

"The conclusion has to be that she doesn't want to face questions from people who disagree with her positions, particularly on health care. We find this curious and regrettable, especially given her history of challenging her predecessor, Jeb Bradley, for nearly two years during his town hall meetings. Some might say she hounded him."

 

Hodes and Shea-Porter need to put down the phone and the other contrived and restricted public access points they have ginned up and instead place themselves in front of the public. Really. It's not difficult.

 

Thursday
Aug202009

NetRight Daily: Target 92 Project for Health Care 

We are winning the fight on Health Care, however, there is still a long way to go. Be sure to contact your member of congress immediately! Here are today's top stories on NetRight Nation and other relevant information:

 

Target 92 for Health Care: We have developed a target list of the top 92 Democrats that can be switched on their Health Care vote. This list includes blue dogs and vulnerables. If we can take action now on this list, we will have a high chance of success on stopping the Health Care bill this September, no matter what form it is in.

Without the Public Option, Democrats Don't Support Health Care Reform: Just 34% of voters nationwide support the health care reform plan proposed by PresidentObama and congressional Democrats if the so-called "public option" is removed. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 57% oppose the plan if it doesn't include a government-run health insurance plan to compete with private insurers.

The White House Screws Up on YouTube: Earlier today, the White House Twitter account posted a video to debunk the myth that Congress had voted to exempt themselves from the Health Care bill. However, if one wants to see the video, one must be friends with the White House YouTube account.

An Essential Principle: "Do No Harm": According to Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, a government-run takeover of the nation's health care system--the so-called public option--is "not the essential element" to reform. As it turns out, socialized medicine is not all that essential to the American people, either.

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Thursday
Aug202009

Sam Adams Alliance - Pro-Government Healthcare Forces on the Run! 

 

Then there's no time to waste! Americans have been mobilizing across the country to stopproposed government-runhealth carebills in their tracks and thanks to them, the "public option" is on the ropes and pro-government forces are in retreat. This weekend, across America,citizens just like you will be rallying outside Congressional offices to send a message to their representatives:America will not stand for government-controlled medicine!

 

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