Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta, seeking the Republican nod to take her place in Congress, said the following about Carol Shea Porter’s decision to (finally) hold town hall meetings in a statement:
Manchester, NH – Following weeks of intense criticism and negative press coverage, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has finally decided to hold a town hall meeting to meet with constituents and address the issue of health care reform. Frank Guinta, who has previously announced he will host a Town Hall meeting on the topic on August 31st, released the following statement today:
“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.”
Details of Guinta’s event are posted here.