NH GOP - Introducing D.C. Insider Paul Hodes

“Freshman Congressman Paul Hodes sounds remarkably like a college freshman, ‘Dear Mom, hey, I am having a great time in college! I got elected president of my class, I am in the band and I get to go to all these cool parties for free. Ps. Send more spending money!’” – Fergus Cullen, Chairman NH Republican State Committee

Hodes Adjusted Immediately To Life As A DC Insider, Taking On The Role Of President Of His Class Of Freshman Democrats And Welcoming Campaign Assistance From His Leadership

At The Start Of The 110th Congress, Hodes Was Elected President Of His Class. “U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes was elected president of the freshman class of Democratic House members. Hodes,who represents the Second District, will lead the class of 42 newly-elected Democrats for a six-month term.” (“Hodes Named Freshman Class President,” The Nashua Telegraph, January 18, 2007)

Hodes Is A Willing Participant In The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline Program For Vulnerable Democratic Incumbents. (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Website, https://www.dccc.org/contribute/frontline08, Accessed August 7, 2007)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi Is Attending A Fundraiser In New Hampshire For Hodes This Week. “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to visit New Hampshire next week for fund-raisers with freshman Democratic Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes. . . . Plans for Pelosi’s appearance with Hodes are currently less clear, but sources say a fund-raiser has been planned.” (John DiStaso, “Pelosi ToVisit NH For Shea-Porter, Hodes,” UnionLeader , July 31, 2007)

Hodes Has Dabbled In Presidential Politics –Though Not Always With The Level Of Recognition He’d Expect

At An Event Last Month, Hodes Garnered Attention By Endorsing Obama For President. “It's certainly a coup for Barack Obama that freshman Rep. Paul Hodes endorsed him last week.” (Lauren R. Dorgan and Sarah Liebowitz, “From Manchester, Shots Heard Round The World,” Concord Monitor, July 29, 2007)

But Just Hours Later, Obama Failed To Recognize Hodes Speaking To Him On A Conference Call. “Obama held a Thursdayafternoon conference call with Hodes to discuss the news (this after the announcement in Eagle Square and one-on-one interviews with local reporters). So we relied on ABC News to tell us what happened on the call. They tell us the following: ‘When Hodes jumped in to reiterate a point Obama was making, Obama cut him off: “I'm sorry, who's this?” Obama said. Hodes responded, “This is Paul Hodes - Congressman Hodes.”’” (Lauren R. Dorgan and Sarah Liebowitz, “From Manchester, Shots Heard Round The World,” ConcordMonitor, July 29, 2007)

Hodes Has Accepted Campaign Money From Lobbyists And PACs

Hodes Has Received $260,076 In Campaign Contributions From PACs And Candidate Committees. (CQ MoneyLineWebsite, www.moneyline.cq.com,Accessed August 7, 2007)

Hodes Has Received $148,150 In Campaign Contributions From Lobbyists And Lawyers. (Center for Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org,Accessed August 7, 2007)

After Receiving Thousands Of Campaign Dollars From Big Labor, Hodes Voted To Strip Workers Of Their Right To A Private Ballot

Hodes Has Received $189,800 In Campaign Contributions From Organized Labor. (Center for Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org,Accessed August 7, 2007)

Hodes Voted In Favor Of The Employee Free Choice Act, Which Kills The Secret Ballot In The Workplace, Leaving Workers Vulnerable To Coercion And Intimidation. (H.R.800,Roll Call #118: Passed 241-185, March 1, 2007, Hodes voted Yea)

Stephen DeMaura

Executive Director

NH RepublicanState Committee