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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Shea-Porter announces 2012 run for Congress

Five months after getting swept out of office by a Republican electoral tide, former Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter has announced she will run again for her old seat.

Citing frustration with Republican policies since the 112th Congress started in January, Shea-Porter made her reelection campaign intentions public Thursday with an email that accused the GOP of hurting average Americans.

“Our current Congress is passing legislation that will hurt average Americans, and they are bowing to special interests instead of focusing on job creation and good government,” Shea-Porter wrote in email sent to supporters and the media.

Shea-Porter lost to Republican Frank Guinta in November. Guinta defeated Shea-Porter 121,655 to 95,503 votes.

A Rochester resident, Shea-Porter took office in 2006, upsetting 1st Congressional District incumbent Jeb Bradley, a Republican, as part of a Democratic tide of success that election. She was the first woman to serve New Hampshire in Congress.

She won reelection in 2008 in a rematch with Bradley. But the partisan tide turned against her when Guinta won the seat last year.

Like fellow Democrat Ann McLane Kuster, who ran unsuccessfully for the 2nd Congressional District seat in 2010, Shea-Porter announced her 2012 campaign intentions earlier than candidates usually do. McLane Kuster announced in March she would go toe-to-toe with incumbent Republican Charles Bass, in a rematch of their 2010 election fight.

In her email, Shea-Porter alluded to Republican congressional intentions to largely privatize Medicare and make Medicaid a program based on vouchers dispersed at the state level, changes that would drastically overhaul the two entitlement programs.

“My dad, who was born and died a Republican, never forgot the power of good government to transform lives,” she wrote. “He served our country in WWII, and then our country thanked him with the GI bill for college so his children were raised in the middle class.

“He and my mom worked hard, raised a family, and served their community. They paid their taxes and when they retired, received Social Security benefits and Medicare. It was a contract. My parents supported these programs when they worked, and used them when they retired.”

Shea-Porter also said she wants to focus on renewable energy and ending the transfer of jobs overseas.

Albert McKeon can be reached at 594-5832 or amckeon@nashuatelegraph.com