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Friday
Aug292014

NHGOP MARKS SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF SHAHEEN'S LAST TOWN HALL MEETING 

NHGOP MARKS SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF SHAHEEN'S LAST TOWN HALL MEETING

 

Concord - As criticism from local media continues to mount over her refusal to do town hall meetings, the New Hampshire Republican State Committee today marked the two-year anniversary of Jeanne Shaheen's last town hall meeting. A cake with a picture of Shaheen's encounter with a large chicken holding a sign that reads "Jeanne Shaheen: Too Chicken For Town Halls" was delivered to her federal office in Manchester.

 

Additionally, Jeanne Shaheen had an epic town hall fail during her Google hangout last night. After asking, "are we open now to questions from the audience," there is a long pause and awkward silence before a quiet "no."

 

Watch the video clip HERE.

 

"There is no substitute for a traditional New England town hall, and Jeanne Shaheen's attempts to make it seem as if she is interacting with voters are laughable," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "It would be very simple for Jeanne Shaheen to put this controversy behind her: just hold a town hall and let voters ask her questions. Her refusal to perform this basic requirement of her job suggests she has lost touch with the people she purports to represent."

 

Meanwhile, the Union Leader accused Shaheen of hiding from her constituents in a scathing editorial today, writing: "Politically, Shaheen is a throwback to the old-fashioned, party-run politician. She expresses no thoughts of her own, only party-approved talking points. She agrees with President Obama more than he does. Put a talking-point robot in front of a roomful of constituents who want answers and leadership, and it will be a YouTube bonanza. So she avoids it and blames the same sort of out-of-state groups that Kelly Ayotte had the courage to face. What courage."

 

Senator Kelly Ayotte is in Littleton today holding a town hall meeting with her constituents.

Saturday
Aug232014

NH GOP - SHAHEEN DITCHES TOWN HALL MEETINGS FOR CALIFORNIA SPECIAL INTEREST FUNDRAISER 

New Hampshire's Absentee Senator Refuses To Do Her Job

 

Concord - Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who hasn't held a town hall meeting in New Hampshire in 723 days, will attend a special interest fundraiser in San Francisco, California today instead of meeting with her constituents. Shaheen has repeatedly refused to hold open and unfettered meetings with Granite Staters.    

 

"Senator Jeanne Shaheen doesn't respect New Hampshire's tradition of open and accessible government because she is an out of touch Washington politician and an absentee senator. Senator Shaheen is afraid to face her constituents because she knows that she can't defend her record of voting with President Obama 99% of the time," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Jeanne Shaheen puts Barack Obama first. It's time to replace her with a responsible Republican who will put New Hampshire first."

 

The Hill reported this week that instead of planning to hold a town hall meeting, Shaheen is making time to attend an exclusive fundraiser at the residence of a prominent lobbyist in Washington's tony Georgetown neighborhood. Contributions range from $1,000 to $2,500 per person to attend.

Saturday
Aug232014

NH GOP - HYPOCRITE: SHAHEEN'S PHONY OUTSOURCING RHETORIC 

Shaheen Criticizes Outsourcing Even Though Shaheen Administration Outsourced Jobs To India

 

Concord - Following the release of a new poll that shows her support among Granite Staters cratering, Senator Jeanne Shaheen is set to launch another desperate attack to distract from her failed record. Shaheen intends to focus on job outsourcing even though Shaheen's gubernatorial administration outsourced a state program to India. Shaheen has also accepted large political contributions from companies that outsource jobs.

 

"In the Senate, Jeanne Shaheen has sanctimoniously railed against outsourcing. However, Shaheen has gladly accepted huge donations from companies that outsource American jobs and during her time as governor, the Shaheen Administration outsourced part of its food stamp program to India," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Jeanne Shaheen's double-talk on outsourcing serves as another reminder that she is a dishonest Washington politician who will do and say anything to get elected. Its time to replace her with a responsible Republican senator who will put New Hampshire first."

 

In the late 1990s, the Shaheen Administration outsourced part of New Hampshire's Food Stamp Program to India.

 

BACKGROUND: SHAHEEN AND OUTSOURCING

 

While Shaheen Was Governor, A Portion Of New Hampshire's Food Stamp Program Was Outsourced To India

 

In The "Late 1990's" New Hampshire And Six Other States Entered Into A Contract With Citibank To Administer Their Food Stamp Programs.  "In the late 1990's seven Northeastern states brokered a deal designed to modernize their outdated and expensive food stamp systems. But the agreement ended up with some of the work being shipped to India. ... The six New England states and New York signed a contract with Citibank that let the company administer a new food stamp program in which beneficiaries buy food with a debit card." (Tim McCahill, "States Respond To Outsourced Jobs," The Associated Press, 3/24/04)

In 2004, It Was Disclosed Some Of The Work Had Been Subcontracted To A Firm In India.  "Citibank subcontracted some of the telephone work to a Wisconsin company, which later contracted with an Indian firm. Officials in some of the states said they were aware that work was being performed outside the country, but others said they were not." (Tim McCahill, "States Respond To Outsourced Jobs," The Associated Press, 3/24/04)

 

A New Hampshire Official Confirmed The State Had Known Since 2001. "Scott Kosowicz, who oversees the debit card program for New Hampshire, said the state has known Citibank was outsourcing the jobs since December 2001. He said the state monitors the calls monthly to ensure participants in the program are getting the help they need." (Tim McCahill, "States Respond To Outsourced Jobs," The Associated Press, 3/24/04)

Time Warner Is One Of Shaheen's Top 20 Contributors, Contributing $42,202 Throughout Her Career. (Center For Responsive Politics, Accessed 8/14/14)

  • Time Warner Outsources Call Center Jobs To Mexico. "Years of record-breaking deportations in the United States are helping to fuel a developing industry in Mexico: call centers to serve American customers. Major U.S. companies are moving pieces of their multi-billion-dollar customer service industry south of the border to take advantage of a burgeoning workforce of returning migrants. Many are recent deportees who are better able to relate to their U.S. customers and who speak English with American accents. The call centers contract with major U.S. companies such as Time Warner, Dish Satellite and Best Buy. They pay lower Mexican wages, as little as $4 an hour, while their customers may not realize they're speaking with someone in a foreign country." (Franco Ordonez, "Mexican Call Centers Provide Jobs, Network For Deported Teens," McClatchy9/1/13)
  • In 2009, Warner Bros., A Division Of Time Warner, Outsourced Approximately 300 Jobs To India And Poland.  "The job cuts are occurring even though Warner Bros. ranked first in domestic box- office market share in 2008 as the result of such hits as "The Dark Knight" and continues to be one of the stronger-performing units of Time Warner Inc. But the studio is under ongoing pressure to wring out more costs from its operations. About 300 positions in management information systems, finance and accounting will be outsourced to India and Poland over the next year." (Claudia Eller, "Warner Bros. To Slash 800 Jobs," Los Angeles Times, 1/21/09)

Comcast Is One Of Shaheen's Top 20 Contributors, Contributing $33,650 Throughout Her Career. (Center For Responsive Politics, Accessed 8/14/14)

  • Comcast Outsources Some Customer Service Operations To The Philippines. "Despite such efforts, critics have long questioned how serious Comcast can be about improving customer service since it outsources some of its call-center operations to the Philippines." (Johnathan Berr, "Can Comcast Improve Its Dismal Customer Service?" CBS News, 3/20/14)
Saturday
Aug232014

NH GOP - MEMO: OBAMA'S WICKED AWFUL NUMBERS A DRAG FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE DEMOCRATS 

With only 74 days until the mid-term election, the latest WMUR/UNH survey confirms that Barack Obama's historically low approval rating, along with the NHGOP's success in highlighting serious missteps and scandals by New Hampshire's Democrat office holders, has created a toxic political environment for Democrats seeking election in November.   This, and the strength of our GOP candidates, provides a clear path for acrossthe board Republican victories on Election Day.

 

Some interesting points from the survey - in which eight hundred and twenty-seven randomly selected New Hampshire adults were interviewed by land line and cellular telephone between August 7 and August 17, 2014 with a margin of error of +/- 3.4% - are found below.  

 

FACT:  Barack Obama's Abysmal 38% Approval Rating Creates Toxic Political Environment

 

President Obama's approval rating has now hit an all-time low of 38% in New Hampshire, and he fares even worse (37%) among likely voters.

 

To put this in historical context - 39% of Granite State voters approved of President George W. Bush's performance at this point in 2006 while 51% approved of President Obama in July of 2010.  Both elections saw widespread losses for the respective parties of each President in New Hampshire during the mid-term elections.

 

We expect that Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster will take every evasive maneuver imaginable - tactics they've perfected in avoiding New Hampshire voters daily - to separate themselves from and avoid the President between now and Election Day. However, given their reliable support for his failed liberal policies over the past six years, these efforts will prove futile in the fall.

 

  • Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
    • August 2014
      • Approve: 38%
      • Disapprove: 55%
    • July 2010
      • Approve: 51%
      • Disapprove: 44%

 

FACT:  Jeanne Shaheen's Duck and Dodge Rose Garden Strategy is Not Working

 

In spite of Senator Shaheen's best efforts to avoid, ignore, and run from the constituents she was elected to represent, she finds herself in a dead heat with her nearest Republican opponent, leading by two points (within the margin of error) as compared to 12 in last month's poll. This comes on the heels of the NHGOP's successful efforts highlighting Senator Shaheen's failure to hold a town hall meeting for over 723 days and her support for Barack Obama's botched agenda 99% of the time.

 

John DiStaso of the New Hampshire Journal confirmed this when he wrote:

 

"The numbers suggest that ... the state GOP have [has] been effective in their recent attacks on Shaheen on immigration/border security and her failure to hold traditional town halls for more than 700 days. The numbers also show that Shaheen is being effectively linked by ... the GOP to President Barack Obama, whose approval rating in the state is at an all-time low."(DiStaso, John. "Latest poll shows Scott Brown has closed to a statistical tie with Jeanne Shaheen," NH Journal, 08/21/14)

 

The NHGOP will continue to expose Senator Shaheen's failure to listen to or engage her constituents while maintaining her lockstep loyalty to President Obama. Given Senator Shaheen's continued vocal support for a weak President and his disastrous agenda, this survey indicates that New Hampshire voters are ready for an alternative to the Obama/Shaheen status quo.

 

FACT:  Maggie Hassan's Favorables Hit All Time Low in Light of Scandal & Compare Poorly to John Lynch

 

In light of recent reports of Governor Hassan's illegal fundraising scandal, it comes as no surprise that her net favorable rating has dropped by nearly half and she currently finds herself in the danger zone for incumbent politicians. Only 44% of Granite State voters have a favorable impression of the Governor - an all-time low and a drop of 14% since just last month.  Politicians with favorable and approval ratings below 50% are at risk of losing re-election, with those registering below 45% in a very weak position going into the fall election season.

 

As a point of comparison, in July 2010 Governor John Lynch registered a 61% favorably rating (17% higher than Hassan's current numbers) and only secured 53% of the vote in his re-election campaign (at a time when President Obama's approval rating was 13% higher than today).

 

  • Favorable Ratings: Hassan v. Lynch
    • August 2014 - Hassan
      • Favorable: 44%
    • July 2010 - Lynch
      • Favorable 61%

 

Given that Hassan and her administration have done little to distinguish themselves, and continue to be embroiled in this ongoing scandal, these poll numbers will continue to decrease over the next 74 days.  The result?  Republicans will head into November well positioned to run a strong and competitive campaign to replace her.

 

It should also be noted that Republicans are favored by 5% on the generic ballot when voters are asked whom they intend to vote for in races for the State Senate and the State House of Representatives.  We are looking at securing substantial Republican majorities in both houses of the legislature.

 

FACT:  Liberal Congressional Democrats Shea-Porter and Kuster Likely Go Down With the Ship

 

If current polling trends continue, both Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter and Ann McLane Kuster will lose in November.

 

One of Congresswoman Shea-Porter's challengers has expanded his lead from last month's poll to 4%. Equally as troubling for Shea-Porter, her favorability rating has also dropped for the third consecutive WMUR Granite State Poll.

 

Congresswoman Kuster once again finds herself with an upside-down image rating, with more voters in the second congressional district having an unfavorable impression of her than favorable. Her sagging poll numbers have created a toss-up race against her closest Republican competitors. Against one challenger, Kuster's lead is within the poll's margin of error.

 

Both Shea-Porter and Kuster only register approximately 40% when matched up with their Republican opponents. Those lackluster numbers, when tied to a toxic political environment caused by Barack Obama's bottom of the barrel poll numbers and continued problems for the top of their ticket, will result in two new Republican members of Congress elected in November.

 

BOTTOM LINE:  The NHGOP will continue to work tirelessly to promote our Republican candidates, and hold Democrats accountable to the voters of New Hampshire.  This week's survey data tells us that our efforts to date are proving successful, with more work to be done.  We'll continue the fight in the weeks and months ahead.

Thursday
Aug212014

NH GOP - SHAHEEN DODGES TOWN HALL MEETINGS FOR WASHINGTON FUNDRAISER 

Instead of Meeting with Constituents, Shaheen Rubs Shoulders with Beltway Elite 


 

Concord - The Hill today reports that instead of holding town hall meetings in New Hampshire, Senator Jeanne Shaheen will attend a swanky fundraiser next month at the Georgetown home of two prominent Washington lobbyists. It has been 721 days since Shaheen last held an open town hall meeting with her constituents.


 

"Senator Jeanne Shaheen doesn't have time for town hall meetings in New Hampshire because she is too busy rubbing shoulders with Washington special interests at the home of a fat cat lobbyist," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Shaheen continues to thumb her nose at New Hampshire's proud tradition of open and accessible government because she is unwilling to defend her record of voting with President Obama 99% of the time. It's time to replace Jeanne Shaheen with a responsible Republican senator who will listen to New Hampshire and stand up for the issues that matter to our state."


 

The exclusive fundraiser will be held at the residence of lobbyist couple Bill and Cindi Broydrick in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood. Contributions range from $1,000 to $2,500 per person to attend.