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O'Brien, Bettencourt Respond to Shaheen Speech

House Speaker William O'Brien calls being attacked by Shaheen "a badge of honor."

On Nov. 5, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., , R-Mont Vernon, during a speech at the Jefferson Jackson Celebration in Windham.

In response to Shaheen, O'Brien issued a statement on Monday afternoon fighting back:

“As Governor, Senator Shaheen supported a statewide sales tax, passed laws that forced health insurance companies out of the state, signed huge, job-killing business tax hikes and implemented a legal strategy that led to the Claremont II decision, which has undercut local control of education.  She even managed to double state spending in just six years.  In Washington, Senator Shaheen’s record has been equally abysmal.  The non-partisan Citizens Against Government Waste gave her just a 7% rating, and the National Taxpayers Union rated her at 8% – a total and abject failure by any measure.

 “Given Jeanne Shaheen’s big government, tax-and-spend record, being attacked by her is a badge of honor.  However, what really has caused her to act in such an offensive manner is that fact that we are working to restore the New Hampshire Advantage by getting the budget that she exploded back under control, cutting taxes to grow our economy and to create jobs and working to resolve the school funding problems that she created.  We will continue to bring fiscal responsibility to Concord, even as she continues to work to bankrupt the federal budget in Congress.”

Also issuing a statement was N.H. House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, R-Salem, saying that Democrats would "rather defer to the politics of personal destruction" as he too countered Shaheen:

“Jeanne Shaheen should not only apologize to the Speaker,  but to the 57% of the hard-working, productive New Hampshire residents who were not born here but have added to the great quality of life that we all enjoy.  Instead of discussing substantive issues, Jeanne Shaheen has fallen into the same attack mentality that President Barack Obama uses. Her offensive remarks show that Jeanne Shaheen has been ‘occupied’ by the left wing. Gone are the days when Democrats would talk openly and respectfully to the voters about their philosophies, instead they’d rather defer to the politics of personal destruction.  It's understandable that the left doesn’t want to discuss their tax and spend, big government policies because Granite Staters know we can no longer afford to advance the Obama Administration’s agenda, of which Jeanne Shaheen remains in lockstep. Further, Speaker O’Brien was in fact not born in Massachusetts but at Fort Dix while his father was fighting to defend America’s freedom in the Korean War.”

Shaheen's remarks came before a crowd of over 200 Democrats who vocally supported her during the speech.

 
Jan Schmidt November 08, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Wow, Jeanne barely mentions our misfits and they get this kind of time to "respond" which is nothing more than an out and out attack.
Rusty November 08, 2011 at 10:07 AM
Come on, Jan, did you really read what she said? it was insulting and I don't blame O'Brien and Bettencourt for reacting the way they did. There are so many other problems to be addressed, why did she focus on bashing those who have truly tried to balance the budget?
Jan Schmidt November 08, 2011 at 12:06 PM
If she'd gone off on a diatribe about their horrendous leadership, with the focus totally on them, it would have been one thing, but is was a tiny part of a tiny speech. Their response was overblown. These two are like children, and they need to grow up and understand that this is politics.
Rusty November 08, 2011 at 04:16 PM
It's not about maturity; it's about your condescending and elitist attitude toward anyone who disagrees with you.
Jan Schmidt November 09, 2011 at 04:21 PM
It IS about maturity, Jake. Watch the video of Jeanne again - then look at the foolish whining of these two supposed leaders of our state. Its embarasing! And my comment about maturity was to RG who felt this was a good opportunity to use a fakie kina' name for the leader of the free world.
Rusty November 09, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Talk about off track! I have no idea where your comments are coming from. I am not a censor, just giving my opinion like everyone else. Why would my opinions rener Patch useless to Salem residents?
Jake O'Donnell November 09, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Dawn, you're mistaken. Whoever "Jake" is isn't me. I haven't censored opinions other than ones that were vulgar, distasteful or unsubstantiated or got way far off track. Also I think it's important to understand that if a comment gets flagged three times it is automatically removed from a page and there's nothing I can do about it.
Dawn Mastrogiacomo November 09, 2011 at 04:39 PM
It is all slanted and only represents a VERY small portion of Salem....It is very clear that Patch caters to certain individuals and squelches important information. Two of our selectmen should be under close scrutiny for questionable things in their past.... Mr McDougall was prosecuted for wire tapping , and Stephen Campbell has been put on notice for harassment and stalking, but instead of providing Salem the opportunity to be aware of these things, Jake just censors, but he certainly has an opinion on this one....This publication is only doing what a handful of voters want it to do....Thank God for the Patriot
Jan Schmidt November 09, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Jake is obviously using a name to either make YOU look bad or give his posts some appearance of authority. Perhaps you should have him to change it... and save the reputation of this site.
Dawn Mastrogiacomo November 09, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Rusty - My apologies to you.....It was the name "Jake" on your post that threw me!
Dawn Mastrogiacomo November 09, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Not sure how it posted with that name - of course I know your opinions are important. My comments were to Jake , the editor....
John Ryan January 13, 2012 at 01:43 AM
O'Brien and DJ are like a wrestling tag team. Don't say anything about Republicans in the State of NH or they will be on you,,,,together!

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