Kuster’s townhall problem

Since taking office in 2013, Rep. Annie Kuster has yet to hold a legitimate townhall meeting for constituents in New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district, and onlookers are taking notice.

Today Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, a Republican-leaning group, released video footage of trackers merely asking why she’d yet to appear before the people who elected her in such a setting. The customary procedure for candidates and their staff, regardless of party, when it comes to such incidences generally consist of not responding.

This time, however, Kuster ignored the tracker; someone in her entourage did not, choosing to instead taunt the cameraman. A supporter does so, too, asking if he “would like a doggy bag.”

Derek Dufresne, a spokesman for the organization, issued a harsh statement that minced no words on the lack of townhalls and the attitude of Kuster’s supporters.

“While Congresswoman Annie Kuster attends fundraisers and partisan events where only her supporters can attend, she continues to turn a blind eye to the rest of her constituents. That’s wrong. It has been over 400 days since Congresswoman Kuster assumed office. In that time, we find it hard to believe that she hasn’t found the time to host a single Town Hall meeting,” he stated. “In addition, the blatant and unapoligetic rudeness of Congresswoman Kuster’s supporters and friends is inexcusable. Residents of the Second Congressional District deserve to know that instead of meeting with them in a Town Hall, she would rather take advice and council from individuals like these.”

The full video can be viewed below:

Author: Staff Reporter

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  • pursang

    Politics is the only growth industry in America. Get into office, raise money and move on.

    • cbinflux

      They come ‘to do good’, but they stay to do very, very well!

  • pragmatic politics

    The people don’t pay Rep. Kuster’s campaign expenses. Why should they expect any of her precious time and attention? Ms. Kuster is rightfully taking a stand against whiny middle class losers who distract her from the special interest people’s interests.


  • Kevin O’Kelley

    When Rep. Kuster wants your opinion, she’ll tell you what it is. Until then, shut up, peasant.

  • dwpittelli

    Hey, cut her some slack! Her behavior is improving. She didn’t grab the camera or the microphone!

  • john mcginnis

    Not a single mention in the article as to party affiliation so she must be a democrat.

  • keith12345

    With the way the Tea Party people have behaved at town hall meetings, I’d stay away from town halls, too, for my own safety. When your political opponents become violent and resort to threatening screaming and yelling at these town hall meetings, that pretty much deters people from wanting to hold them. I don’t blame her one bit.

    • DocEpador

      I see a bit of projection in your comment (sort of Pot calling tea cup black). Documentation please?

    • Galileo2

      Town Halls is a tradition special to New England democracy. Avoiding them for whatever reason is an affront to that tradition.

      Besides, if she’s never had a Town Hall, then there isn’t any instances of the Tea Party or anyone else causing problems for her Town Halls, then.

    • RBT1

      So keith12345, since you mention violence, you have specific example I presume…perhaps video?

    • ChrisValentine

      Crazy idea: If you don’t like dealing with voters… don’t get into politics.

    • richard40

      Yelling at the congressmen because you dont think they answered your question is not violency, nor a threat to safety, otherwise campus leftists would be engaging in violence constantly when they shout down conservative speakers. It may be impolite or disrespectful, and even an imposition on free speech if carried on so long the meeting cant continue (which the tea party people rarely do) but it is not violence, it is heckling, and calling it violence is a gross distortion on your part. And congressmen have faced angry constiuents in town hall meetings long before the tea party, it is part of the job. Calling out death threats, physically attacking people, or physically resisting ejection, is violence, but I have never seen that documented for any tea party people. Stop the lies about the tea party.