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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! 

 

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And YOUcan join the effort. It's simple!

 

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So hit the streets, America! We'll see you at the Recess Rally!

 

 

Thursday
Aug202009

DSCC - UNION LEADER: Ayotte Put On The Defensive 

note: www.discoverovide.com <http://www.discoverovide.com/> now online


Ayotte put on the defensive


By JOHN DISTASO
Senior Political Reporter
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=John+DiStaso%27s+Granite+Status%3A+Ayotte+put+on+the+defensive&articleId=2f7a68f3-fe5b-429b-8ae9-5aa3c12504c4

ON DEFENSE. Kelly Ayotte has been actively campaigning for only a few weeks, but she already finds herself on the defensive, mostly over her "relationship" with the Washington-based National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Officially the NRSC has not "endorsed" Ayotte, but chair Sen. John Cornyn has recruited her and praised her while ignoring the other likely GOP candidate, Ovide Lamontagne.

There also have been reports that the NRSC will be holding a fund-raiser for Ayotte. Ayotte campaign manager Brooks Kochvar says that's sort of a misnomer because the event on Sept. 22 "is a Friends of Kelly Ayotte event" being held in a room at NRSC headquarters in D.C.

"It's our event. We're paying for it and we're hosting it," he said. But not wanting to "mislead," he acknowledged Cornyn and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell "will attend the event as our invited guests."

GOP insiders, including the state GOP chairman, have been skeptical of the NRSC's involvement in a New Hampshire race. Former Gov. John H. Sununu told The Washington Times this week, "I hope the NRSC understands that New Hampshire doesn't really respond well to having candidates designated from outside the state."

Ayotte supporters are fighting back, pointing out that Democratic candidate Paul Hodes has raised nearly $1 million, has nearly $900,000 on hand and has been receiving help from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which seems to issue a news release a day blasting Ayotte.

Kochvar says Ayotte is simply accepting help that any Republican would take. He noted that Lamontagne and state Republican National Committeeman Sean Mahoney, who is also eyeing a run for the Senate (or possibly governor) have been to the NRSC for talks, but were not criticized for it.

"The big thing is the DSCC involvement," he said. "They are clearly worried about Kelly. They know there is excitement here and they clearly think she can win."

Kochvar said that Ayotte "has made 400 to 500 calls at this point and not one person has brought up the so-called 'Washington issue.' Other than a couple of consultants and Ovide loyalists, not a single person is concerned about it."

Ayotte will continue to meet GOP activists on Saturday at the Rockingham County GOP's Family Day in Brentwood. Next Wednesday she will tour the North Country with veteran activist Tony Urban and will speak to Portsmouth Republicans on Thursday.

She also picked up the endorsement of Executive Councilor Ray Wieczorek this week.

Meanwhile, Lamontagne launches his own Web site today, dubbed discoverovide.com <http://www.discoverovide.com/> .

BOXER PITCHING FOR PAUL. California Sen. Barbara Boxer's PAC for a Change sent an e-mail to its full list of supporters this week, praising and soliciting funds for Hodes and fellow Democratic Senate candidate Robin Carnahan of Missouri, both of whom are running next year for open GOP seats.

At the same time, a separate Hodes campaign "Dear Granite State Democrat" fund-raising solicitation has landed in New Hampshire mailboxes.

Hodes, in the scathing four-page piece, warns that the "change you and I voted for last year is in serious danger" as the Republicans "are pulling out all the stops" to regain filibuster power.

He calls Ayotte his "most likely opponent," cites her pro-life position and says that with national Republicans "chomping at the bit to help her, their millions of dollars in negative advertising will turn her into a dangerous foe."

He also accuses Republican businessman Fred Tausch, who decided last month not to run for the Senate, of making "ugly personal attacks" against him, calling them "a preview of the mudslinging I can expect from the Republican slime machine during this campaign."

The piece also contains a red and blue map of the U.S. showing what he calls "The threat to Obama's agenda -- and your America."

Interesting piece, but Hodes may want to tighten his list a bit. This one found its way into a least a few Republican mailboxes.

DUPLICITOUS KELLY. As if it hasn't been intense enough, the state Democratic Party intends to lauch a new effort to highlight Ayotte's "duplicitous statements and action," according to an internal party memo.

Beginning today, "Every time Ayotte blatantly says or does something just to get elected, the New Hampshire Democratic Party will send out an alert spotlighting her duplicity," communications director Victoria Bonney tells party higher-ups.

Her lengthy memo cites Ayotte's meeting with Cornyn and McConnell. It notes that she opposed gambling as attorney general but then attended a fund-raiser co-sponsored by Foxwood Casino. It cites her support as attorney general for a stimulus-funded program to investigate "cold cases" and her opposition to the recovery and reinvestment act as a candidate.

Bonney also compares Ayotte to former U.S. Rep. Bill Zeliff, of all people. She says he relied on "Washington insiders" when he ran for governor in 1996, and lost a GOP primary -- to Lamontagne.

Some Democrats we spoke with this week believe Ayotte is a "true believer" conservative, but Bonney says, "It is clear that Ayotte's D.C. advisors have told her that she must woo the extreme right wing of her party if she wants to win -- even if that means she has to say or do things purely for political gain."

She predicts that Ayotte will lose the primary (if she has one) because voters "want authenticity in their leaders."