Key Brown supporter decries ‘insult’ to veterans; Shaheen joined by leaders on women’s, LGBT issues

With the election just three days away, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen will criss-cross the state on Saturday, meeting with top advocates on women’s and LGBT issues.


Shaheen will campaign in Portsmouth with Chad Griffin, president of the LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign and at Dartmouth College and then in Keene with Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. She will also campaign as part of her “Get-Out-The-Vote” tour in Rochester, Exeter and Lebanon.


Former Sen. Scott Brown’s campaign meanwhile released a statement from retired Marine Sgt. Paul Chevalier of Hudson, a long-time state VFW leader, criticizing Shaheen for calling American forces in Iraq “occupying forces” during Thursday night’s debate. He said she insulted veterans with the remarks.


Regarding the battle against terrorism in Iraq, Shaheen said, “I don’t think we want tens of thousands of American troops as an occupying force as we’ve had in Korea.”


Brown shot back, “With respect to Senator Shaheen, we are a liberating force. We are not an occupying force, senator.”


Chevalier said in a statement, “As a Marine who served in Vietnam, I am insulted by Senator Shaheen’s mischaracterization that our military is an ‘occupying force.’ Make no mistake, thanks to the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, the United States has been able to liberate thousands of people across the world, offering stability that would not be possible without our help. For those of us who lost our brothers in arms and sacrificed life and limb to fulfill our duty, her reference is offensive.”


Brown will be part of the NHGOP’s “Get-Out-The-Vote” bus tour, which will make stops today in Rochester, Wakefield, Meredith, Laconia, Wolfeboro and Gorham.


Tomorrow at mid-day, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be at Nashua Community College with Shaheen and Gov. Maggie Hassan, while the Republicans will have a rally tomorrow evening at Wiggins Airways in Manchester.

Author: John DiStaso

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  • DB White

    Senator Shaheen’s statements are being distorted by the Brown campaign. Shaheen said she wants to avoid having troops BECOME an occupying force; she was not characterizing our current troops as being an occupying force. If Brown doesn’t understand the difference he shouldn’t be running for senator.

    Shame on the Brown campaign.