Concord, NH – After serving in Congress as then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s puppet, Carol Shea-Porter stumbled this weekend over a simple question of whether or not she would support her again. Shea-Porter first refused to answer WMUR’s Josh McElveen’s question, then became “annoyed,” and finally said “I don’t know.”
“Carol Shea-Porter ignored N.H. voters and instead served as Pelosi’s rubberstamp by voting with her 98 percent of the time,” said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald. “I’m surprised Shea-Porter became so visibly defensive, but I’m not surprised that she tried to duck the question given her dishonest track record of broken promises and phony pledges.”
According to the Washington Post, Shea-Porter voted with Pelosi 98 percent of the time, including loyal support for the Democrat’s government-run health plan.
“If Carol is so eager to walk back her support of Pelosi, she should also regret supporting her party’s behemoth healthcare overhaul which is busting state budgets, raising taxes on small businesses and forcing millions, including seniors, to change doctors,” Chairman MacDonald added. “While Shea-Porter may be ‘annoyed’ by questions from the press, Granite Staters rejected her in 2010 because they were annoyed and frustrated with her failed record.”
Included below is additional information on the Democrat’s health overhaul, ObamaCare, as well as an unofficial transcript of Shea-Porter’s interview with Josh McElveen on WMUR’s Close Up this weekend.
· $525 BILLION IN NEW TAXES, FEES AND PENALTIES ON FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES. (Douglas W. Elmendorf, “Letter to Nancy Pelosi,” Congressional Budget Office, 3/20/2010)
· 30 PERCENT OF EMPLOYERS “DEFINITELY” PLAN TO DROP COVERAGE IN 2014.(John Tozzi, “Health Reform Won’t Dismantle Employer Coverage, Report Says,” Bloomberg Businessweek, 10/21/2011)
· 20 MILLION AMERICANS COULD LOSE EMPLOYER-SPONSORED HEALTHCARE, EVEN ACCORDING TO CBO. (J. Lester Feder, “CBO: ACA Could Jeopardize Workplace Coverage,” Politico, 3/15/2012)
· $500 BILLION IN MEDICARE CUTS. (Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery, With Senate ‘fixes’ bill, GOP sees last chance to change health-care reform,” The Washington Post, 3/24/2010)
JOSH MCELVEEN: If Democrats take back the House, are you going to vote for Nancy Pelosi?
SHEA PORTER: Why do you ask that?
JOSH MCELVEEN: Why not, she's a polarizing figure.
SHEA PORTER: I have to say that I find it -- it is sort of the beat up on -- and I'm not saying that you are, I'm just saying that asking that question...
JOSH MCELVEEN: I think it is a fair question. She's a very divisive figure.
SHEA PORTER: But see she never really was a divisive figure, she was there for many years, they made her a divisive figure in 2010 and I know you know, you saw all the things even after she lost the speakership, they still had in the window -- fire Pelosi, became the rallying call there. But she's actually not really a divisive figure. She served her state and served in Congress for many, many years and served well and got a lot of legislation passed, so it has become the political touchstone.
JOSH MCELVEEN: Why does it annoy you that I ask the question?
SHEA PORTER: It doesn't annoy me I just asked you why
JOSH MCELVEEN: I still didn't get an answer.
SHEA PORTER: The answer is that I don't know who is going be there. I don't know what the issues are going to be, I don't know if anybody is going to stand up and present something different, I don't know…