In a stunning revelation former New Hampshire Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter told WMUR on Sunday that she twice had to move out of her house due to threats she received while in office. Shea-Porter said the media discovered this information but declined to publicize it at her request.
Shea-Porter offered the information up in the context of the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Gifford in Tuscon, Arizona earlier this month.
“We had threats,” Shea-Porter said. “I move out of my house a couple of times. The media found out and I asked them not to report that and they didn’t. And I’m grateful for that.”
Shea-Porter got her rise in politics by heckling then-U.S. Rep. Jeb Bradley, a Republican, whom she later defeated in 2006, at his constituent town hall meetings. She was once removed from a George W. Bush town hall meeting in Portsmouth, NH by two police officers, an incident she later denied but which was confirmed by the Portsmouth Police Department.
Shea-Porter also stated that she had to have security at her town hall meetings during the health care debate because constituents had told her office they were afraid to attend because of the extremely vocal opposition to her position on that issue.
“When people worry about going out to hear somebody because they could get caught up in something like people around Rep. Giffords did, then it’s time to think about why and what can we do differently and how do we tone it down?” Shea-Porter continued.
Shea-Porter also claimed in the interview that people brought guns to her town hall meetings. In April 2009, her office was evacuated when it received an envelope marked “Tea Protest” that contained suspicious material. The material turned out to be tea.
Shea-Porter has made it no secret that she plans to run for her old seat, which she lost in November to Republican Frank Guinta, again in 2012.
Shea-Porter’s town halls were indeed raucous affairs. During one such event in August 2009, a retired police officer was removed for standing up and speaking when it wasn’t his turn.