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Waffle hat-making ‘community organizer’ backs up Shea-Porter’s story

September 23, 2009 by Patrick  
Filed under News & Politics

There is a new wrinkle in the he said/she said battle between Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and former Republican State Chairman Waynes Semprini we reported on Tuesday.

The self-proclaimed “community organizer” who made waffle hats to protest then-Congressman Jeb Bradley, a Republican, backs up Shea-Porter’s story that while she indeed attended the town hall meeting in question, Shea-Porter did not wear a plastic waffle on her head.

In a letter to the editor of the Portsmouth Herald, Susan Bruce writes:

To the Editor:

I read with great interest the recent letter to the editor written by Wayne Semprini, who was attempting to blame Carol Shea-Porter for the actions of folks wearing waffle hats at a Jeb Bradley town hall meeting in Rye in 2005.

You see, I was there that day. I was working as a community organizer for the N.H. Citizens Alliance in 2005. At that point, I was organizing folks around the Bush proposal to privatize Social Security. Former Congressman Bradley had run for office, promising he would not privatize Social Security, but by 2005, he was singing a different tune, and refusing to take a stand one way or the other. We were trying to get Bradley to declare a position and stop waffling. That’s where the waffle hats came from. I made those hats myself.

My volunteers and I were not working for Carol Shea-Porter. We weren’t colluding with her.

Our issue in 2005 was protecting Social Security. I attended most of Bradley’s town halls in 2005 to bring attention to Bradley’s stance (or lack thereof) on Social Security, and in 2006, we focused on Medicare Part D. I’m sure the congressman and his staffers remember seeing me and my volunteers on a regular basis. An article printed by your paper, in 2005, makes it quite clear where the waffle hats came from.

It’s a shame that Wayne Semprini is resorting to this sort of outright dishonesty in an attempt to besmirch our congresswoman. I’m also rather miffed that he’s giving the credit for my creativity to someone else.

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