Shea-Porter cleans up ‘Chinese’ comment
A spokeswoman for outgoing Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) has explained her comments about Chinese influence in the 2010 midterm elections. As NH Journal reported previously, Shea-Porter claimed the Chinese may have illegally funneled money to defeat her during an interview with ABC News.
“The congresswoman was not referring to her specific election, she was referring to the broader problems surrounding the Citizens United decision, which has allowed shady outside organizations to sway elections without disclosing their donors,” spokeswoman Jamie Radice told the Hill.
Shea-Porter was forced to respond after her original comments sparked an Internet firestorm.
“They’re in the halls of Congress everywhere,” Shea-Porter originally told ABC News. “[A]nd it means, for example, that you sit on a committee and you say something about concern about Chinese influence or something, you don’t even know if in the next election, somehow or another, they manage to send some money to some group that now doesn’t even have to say where they got it.”
Some of Shea-Porter’s partisan supporters originally denied she had ever made the comment.