EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 23, 2013

Letter: Groups should protest Shaheen, not the IRS

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

Groups in New Hampshire that may have been targeted by the IRS should know that this was done at the request of some U.S. senators, including their own Jeanne Shaheen in both 2010 and 2012, despite her expression of disapproval. This is not the first time Shaheen has shown herself to be a hypocrite.

Shaheen’s Manchester and Hampstead offices are where the 2007 New Hampshire tea party movement was involved in protests after the Affordable Healthcare Act was introduced with the election of Obama in 2008.

Shaheen was being called out for her refusal to hold any Obamacare town halls. After 80 of us showed up at her Hampstead office, she put out a completely false and misleading press release blaming us for blocking her “constituents” from getting help.

Imagine, if you will, that she contended we were not her New Hampshire constituents when we were and when it was really our group that was being blocked. No one from out of state, paid for by “Washington insiders, insurance companies, or well-financed special interests,” as she claimed we were, would ever have been allowed to be part of our group.

However, there were exactly three supporters of Obamacare who stood outside. They wore purple shirts and admitted to us that they were paid to be there by SEIU of Massachusetts.

We will remember come election time.

Jane Aitken

Bedford, N.H.