The original Milk Carton pol decides to show

posted at 11:00 am on August 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Not the first to go on the milk carton but the first to bail on her constituents — and it looks like she’ll have company.  Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, whose decision to duck town-hall forums surprised New Hampshire constituents who remember her pre-election town-hall antics, has decided to grace voters with her presence after all.  However, she’s managed to schedule it at a time next Saturday when activists had planned to be elsewhere:

Multiple sources, including James Pindell at NHPoliticalReport.com, are telling GraniteGrok that our Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter has finally set up some town hall meetings where she will actually meet with real live constituents face to face.

And wouldn’t you know it– RIGHT AT THE SAME TIME THE GRASS ROOTS COMMUNITY OF NH IS SCHEDULED TO GATHER AT A FUNDRAISER/PICNIC FOR THE NEW HAMPSHIRE ADVANTAGE COALITION!

That won’t keep at least one activist away.  Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta has expressed some interest in running against Shea-Porter next year, and he will make the time to use Shea-Porter’s forums to introduce himself more fully to her constituents:

“While I am very pleased that Congresswoman Shea-Porter has finally given in to the wishes of the people and will conduct a town hall on health care, I find it very unfortunate it took a media and public backlash in order to do it.  Carol Shea-Porter, as we’ve been reminded over the past week, made a name for herself by attending and speaking out at town halls conducted by her predecessor.  She refused to offer the same opportunity when she got into office—what a difference a few years in DC made. Our representatives in Washington should make decisions based on what is in the public’s best interest, not simply cave under unexpected and intense scrutiny.

“That being said, I look forward to attending the town hall of my Congresswoman on August 29th and invite her to attend mine, on August 31st.  Let’s make sure we give all citizens the opportunity to voice their opinions, express their concerns and most importantly let’s hope our elected leaders listen to us.”

That should be a familiar process for Shea-Porter.  Before running for Congress, she bragged about annoying her predecessor, Jeb Bradley, at his town-hall forums for not providing answers:

Everything comes back around, doesn’t it?

If any Hot Air readers get the chance to attend Shea-Porter’s town hall, be sure to get some video and tip us when it’s posted. This exchange should be lively.

Don’t worry about attending Rep. Paul Hodes’ forum, however. Granite Grok reports that Hodes is holing up in a union hall for his constituent outreach. Apparently, he feels the need to cocoon himself from the rest of his constituents.


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This goes to show you that the dems are starting to feel the heat. Cosmetic gesture? Of course it is. But, at least they are beginning to realize that constituents do have the ultimate authority.

HoustonRight on August 22, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta has expressed some interest in running against Shea-Porter next year, and he will make the time to use Shea-Porter’s forums to introduce himself more fully to her constituents

How delightful. Shea-Porter needs a lesson in what representative democracy is all about. Hope she gets a failing grade on November 2, 2010. Make that happen, New Hampshire residents!

Loxodonta on August 22, 2009 at 11:12 AM

The way to handle these things is to hand out post cards, tell people that questions will be turned in and read by a moderator after the Congressperson makes their general remarks. It can be explained that more questions will be addressed if members of the audience don’t take over the mike and make speeches. Then announce that those who disrupt the process will be asked to leave and if they persist removed.

This works for “Disrputers” of right or left. It is what we have to do for Candidate Forums in our Community because someone always tries to make the forum his platform for a long-winded personal ego trip.

The way to handle it is not to fail to have public forums. That will get you beat — and it should.

KW64 on August 22, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Any woman with a hyphenated last name is a unshaved legs & armpits feminist. No guy would look their way.

Jeff from WI on August 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Any woman with a hyphenated last name is a unshaved legs & armpits feminist. No guy would look their way.

Jeff from WI on August 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Catherine Zeta-Jones would probably disagree with you. :)

sherry on August 22, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Catherine Zeta-Jones would probably disagree with you. :)

sherry on August 22, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Well played.

myrenovations on August 22, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Catherine Zeta-Jones would probably disagree with you. :)

sherry on August 22, 2009 at 11:21 AM

LOL..Darn…how did I forget her…she’s my favorite when it comes to looks.

Jeff from WI on August 22, 2009 at 11:29 AM

OK, she’s the exception to the rule!…LOL The rest are ugly hairy feminists.

Jeff from WI on August 22, 2009 at 11:30 AM

AH! But note it is not Zeta-Jones-Douglas
The original comment stands for ‘keeping MY last name femiNazis like Mrs. Porter

HammerNH on August 22, 2009 at 11:31 AM

sherry on August 22, 2009 at 11:21 AM

I don’t know sherry. What sort of man would bother looking at this?

Loxodonta on August 22, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Anyone know which union hall little Paulie Hodes will be hiding out in? Time?

HammerNH on August 22, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Any woman with a hyphenated last name is a unshaved legs & armpits feminist. No guy would look their way.

Jeff from WI on August 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM

She’s fondly known here in NH as Carol Che-Porter.

Del Dolemonte on August 22, 2009 at 11:33 AM

I would immediately change the date of the picnic.

Babs on August 22, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Catherine Zeta-Jones would probably disagree with you. :)

sherry on August 22, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Maureen Dowd could not be reached for comment.

Del Dolemonte on August 22, 2009 at 11:34 AM

The gutless wonder who represents the south St. Louis area has resorted to hiding in people’s homes. It was at Carnahan’s townhall a couple weeks ago that Obama’s union creeps beat up Ken Gladney.

RobertE on August 22, 2009 at 11:35 AM

AH! But note it is not Zeta-Jones-Douglas
The original comment stands for ‘keeping MY last name femiNazis like Mrs. Porter

HammerNH on August 22, 2009 at 11:31 AM

LOL…I was going to try that point too

Jeff from WI on August 22, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Catherine Zeta-Jones would probably disagree with you. :)

sherry on August 22, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Zeta is her middle name. Jones is her last name. She hyphenates them as her stage name. If she used her married name it would be Douglas.

Ronnie on August 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM

The gutless wonder who represents the south St. Louis area has resorted to hiding in people’s homes. It was at Carnahan’s townhall a couple weeks ago that Obama’s union creeps beat up Ken Gladney.

RobertE on August 22, 2009 at 11:35 AM

If she’s in her own home, in her own bathroom, on the toilet, with curlers in her hair and on the phone to a union boss discussing her constipation, the press would call that a health care town home meeting.

Jeff from WI on August 22, 2009 at 11:40 AM

town hall

Jeff from WI on August 22, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Don’t worry about attending Rep. Paul Hodes’ forum, however. Granite Grok reports that Hodes is holing up in a union hall for his constituent outreach. Apparently, he feels the need to cocoon himself from the rest of his constituents.

Oh, the ‘Gangs of New York’ sequel. Tammany Hall for everyone!

Limerick on August 22, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Hey Jeff – Go Pack Go!

HammerNH on August 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Ten bucks says she loses her seat to Mayor Frank next year

Begone, Witch !!………. ( MacBeth )

Janos Hunyadi on August 22, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Hodes wants to be a Senator, running for Judd Gregg’s empty seat.
There are groups here trying to organize an empty chair town hall with Hodes name on the chair.

HammerNH on August 22, 2009 at 11:45 AM

The US Post Office, Largest Employer in America ? Exactly how much $$$s could be saved by making this Organization compete ?

in DC needs to multi-task…look for savings in more than one area….I remember a promise to do that on the Campaign trail. But when is the “O” going to actually leave the campaign trail and perform ?

Americans don’t pay to play, we Pay for Performance. In 2010 we will conduct a performance review for DC.

JayTee on August 22, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Hey Jeff – Go Pack Go!

HammerNH on August 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Agreed!

Jeff from WI on August 22, 2009 at 11:54 AM

“Don’t you trust me?”
“NO!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Still the best under 10-seconds clip from any town hall. The audience laughing after Carnahan’s explanation of a 6-billion dollar “surplus” runs a close second. Thank-you people of St. Louis for both.

Marcus on August 22, 2009 at 11:54 AM

And wouldn’t you know it– RIGHT AT THE SAME TIME THE GRASS ROOTS COMMUNITY OF NH IS SCHEDULED TO GATHER AT A FUNDRAISER/PICNIC FOR THE NEW HAMPSHIRE ADVANTAGE COALITION!

Sounds like an OUTSTANDING opportunity for a tactical regrouping. They can have the picnic AFTER this knucklehead’s townhall which will make the picnic even more enjoyable!

NavyMustang on August 22, 2009 at 12:13 PM

I’ll do my best to make it. Getting this leftist hack to the unemployment line is my number one priority in life.

Bruce in NH on August 22, 2009 at 12:21 PM

It’s kind of fun to see them squirm……..

Seven Percent Solution on August 22, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Catherine Zeta-Jones would probably disagree with you…

sherry on August 22, 2009 at 11:21 AM

…but at the moment she’s indisposed; I’m giving her a cat-bath.

Jaibones on August 22, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Where and when will Porter have her town hall? It should be televised.

dogsoldier on August 22, 2009 at 1:41 PM

It’s about time….this woman is my rep (unfortunately), and has refused to answer numerous questions I have emailed her over several months. Questions regarding, cap/trade, healthcare reform, etc. – each time she sends back a boilerplate letter which of course addresses nothing that I asked her about. This woman needs to be voted out in 2010!!!

NotPC on August 22, 2009 at 1:58 PM

I got email-copied with the following that went out this morning to Carroll Country NH Republicans in the heart of Shea-Porter’s district:

Hi Everyone:

After receiving a message on my answering machine yesterday that Carol Shea Porter would be having a conference call at 7:00 tonight, I was ready, sitting by the phone until it rang.

Yes, she called. However, it was no conference call. It was a computerized message saying how sorry she was to have missed me this evening. Then, it was over!

There was no phone number registered on my caller I. D.

What was the point of that? If anybody has her e-mail address, please forward this to her.

Ann Albrecht
Chocorua [NH]

Then there was a follow-up from LindaB, who sends out emails every day to Republicans:

Ann and all, this exact same thing happened to me….imagine me surprise when Shea-Porter’s msg said that she tried to reach me but I wasn’t home….and there I was sitting in the family room, pen and paper in hand. Porter-Shea’s msg said to visit her website, because all of the info was there…..I was livid, I truly wondered why I received an invite to the conference call anyway. I will be firing off an angry letter to her today. LindaB

Shea-Porter must have gotten a lot of angry letters today.

I love this.

Tom McLaughlin on August 22, 2009 at 2:54 PM

Pickett their offices …

tarpon on August 22, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Thursday night i got a recorded invitation to a “telephone town hall” from Mzzz Porter.
I am composing a letter to Mzzz Porter informing her that cowardice is not a very attractive attribute.
It is time to clean out the barn.

mountainmanbob on August 22, 2009 at 3:36 PM

2010 New Hampshire 2010.

yoda on August 22, 2009 at 4:54 PM

One term wonder.

thmcbb on August 22, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Kinda Off-topic, kinda on since you mention Zeta-Jones. She is the best looking in the clip w/o makeup, but I actually think she is wearing a little, so not sure if it’s totally fair:
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/450700/celebs_with_and_without_makeup_beware/

di butler on August 22, 2009 at 8:47 PM

This epitome of limousine liberalism’s office called us to inform us we were invited to attend her ‘telephone town hall’ where all the questions were screened through her staff and her replies to the softball questions were the standard liberal douchebaggery. She’d get creamed in a real town hall meeting. We still take town hall meetings seriously here in NH and they do get verbally rough, especially when local libtards want ‘foofuraw’ items in the warrant (like “we, the Good People of the town” demand the US immediately get out of Iraq blah-blah-blah”.) If Shea-Porter allows an honest crowd into het meeting (and doesn’t pack it with liberal twit students and faculty from UNH and union stooges) it should prove worth watching.

GeneSmith on August 23, 2009 at 11:49 AM