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Portsmouth PD: Shea-Porter was removed from Bush town hall by two police officers

September 30, 2009 by Patrick  
Filed under News & Politics

Two officers of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Police Department removed Carol Shea-Porter and Susan Mayer from a February 2005 town hall event hosted by then-President George W. Bush at the request of the owner of the property, a spokesman for the Police Department tells

The revelation contradicts statements made by Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter as recently as this week that she was not removed from the event.

“[T]here were no disruptions and no rudeness and I wasn’t removed. If it happened, don’t you think there would have been photos or video or news stories from that day? There aren’t because it didn’t happen,” Shea-Porter told the Portsmouth Herald this weekend.

Shea-Porter was not a member of Congress at the time.

According to Capt. Tim Brownell, who responded to a Freedom of Information request from, Detective Sergeant Michael Ronchi and Detective Tom Grella removed the two women from the Pan Am hanger of the Portsmouth International Airport in Portsmouth, NH after being asked to do so by a representative of Pan Am.

Removed from Bush town hall by police

Removed from Bush town hall by police

“Basically [Ronchi and Grella] were asked by the property owner to remove Ms. Shea-Porter and Ms. Mayer from the building, not by name, but they were asked by the owner of that private property to remove them. They did leave. There were no significant incidents and no reports were done,” Captain Brownell told

Shea-Porter’s office was not available for comment but her spokesperson Jamie Radice recently denied she was removed from the town hall meeting to

Shea-Porter and Mayer had worn sweatshirts to the event. According to a source who was present at the event, their removal was prompted when the two took off their sweatshirts to reveal t-shirts that read “Turn Your Back on Bush.” The two then stood up and turned their backs on the president while in front of media cameras.

Susan Mayer now serves as a homeland security adviser to Rep. Shea-Porter and draws a federal salary of almost $70,000 per year.

Shea-Porter also claimed recently that she was not removed from the event but rather was accosted by a “thug” after the event.

“My friend (Mayer) and I sat respectfully and quietly though the whole event. After it was over and we were leaving, I was grabbed by someone, a thug,” Shea-Porter told the Portsmouth Herald this weekend. “My friend told the person to stop grabbing me and he let go. It may have been a security person, but to this day we don’t who it was. I was there, so I know what I’m talking about.”

Capt. Brownell declined to comment on Shea-Porter’s characterization of the officers involved in the incident as “thugs”. But not all members of the law enforcement community were silent. Retired Manchester Police Sergeant Lloyd Doughty reacted with astonishment.

“For someone of her stature, as an elected official, to say that about members of law enforcement is so distasteful and so disrespectful I can’t even think of a word that describes how I feel. It’s ridiculous,” Doughty told

Shea-Porter has been criticized in recent weeks by state Republicans and national conservative media for her incendiary rhetoric and behavior aimed at constituents who oppose health reform measures in Congress. She has referred to participants in so-called taxpayer tea parties as “tea baggers” and refused to apologize when made aware of the sexual connotation of that phrase.

She recently criticized Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) for his outburst during a Joint Session of Congress. Republicans “were behaving in a way we never behave,” she told a supportive crowd at a recent Democratic picnic.

“We sat there quietly and politely because that’s what we owe the President of the United States,” she added.

Shea-Porter has made a series of incorrect and sometimes bizarre statements in recent weeks. She has stated, for example, “many of my constituents would love to wait in line for medical care.” And she justifies the House bill to overhaul America’s health care system by saying, “the Constitution did not cover everything.”

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21 Responses to “Portsmouth PD: Shea-Porter was removed from Bush town hall by two police officers”
  1. rightside says:

    Always good to read the posts from the lemmings who would walk into the ocean and drown for this woman. One should not be suprised of her current tactics. When one as a Democrat finds themselves in political hot water, always blame the otherside and call them all manner of names. Never address the real reasons for the trouble you are in.

    I predict that she will be a loser in 2010 and it will not be from a Republican but will be from an independent candidate as folks are not happy with either party.

  2. NH says:

    And why would anyone believe what that nut Horrigan would say?

  3. To sum it up, Carol Shea-Porter has conveniently changes her stories. It’s disingenuous.

  4. NSR says:

    How do you write lies like this and think you’re a good person?

    Seriously, how does that work?

  5. Bill Duncan says:

    Why don’t you tell the whole story, guys? First, let’s be clear. You are “breaking news” here. You made a FOIA request and got the results, something no one else has known before now, right? Including Carol Shea-Porter.

    But unlike real reporters, you are choosing to tell only part of the story. Since you talked to the police, you must know that those men who ejected her – at the end of the meeting, when everyone was leaving – were plain clothes detectives assigned to the Secret Service. Just as Shea-Porter has reported, they had no uniforms displayed no identification. And they did not verbally identify themselves. There was no way for her to know who they were.

    So you can try to play the righteous card, but it doesn’t wash. But keep at this 4 year old stuff. You’re bound to find something real.

  6. Liberty Jane says:

    I think the next time she says “teabagger,” someone should call the cops and have her arrested for public lewdness.

    Also, dear Mrs. Shea-Porter, you swore an oath to uphold the constitution. It’s the current law of the land. If it left something out, it wasn’t supposed to be there. My car putters along fine with affordable car insurance. Why can’t I buy affordable health insurance by a Geico? Oh, I forgot, I can’t buy it across state lines. Now whose fault is that, I wonder?

  7. Cnation says:

    Only in the mind of a liberal can Shea-Porter’s bold-faced lie in the face of the public record be construed as having anything whatsoever to do with the republican party. This one is all hers.

    If you’re in her district, you should have serious concerns about her ability to serve honorably, regardless of your party affiliation.


  8. Jabba The Tutt says:

    There are two sets of rules, one for Statists like Congresswoman Shea-Porter, who then have evil people defend her lies, her attacks on her constituents and her trashing of the Constituttion. Then there are rules for patriots, Christians, conservatives and Republicans to whom one is allowed to do anything, about whom one is allowed to say anything and whose lives and property are forfeit to the giant maw of Statism.

    Just one question, don’t you think that patriots, Christians, conservatives and Republicans will at some point defend themselves? As one of the people in the second group, I can tell you Statists that we’ve had it. Go find the ‘Susan from Glendale’ call to the Rush Limbaugh program from yesterday. Google it and listen to it. Susan is the voice of the second group. Listen to it and let me know what you think. Oops, scratch that, what you feel, you lefties don’t or can’t think, it’s all about how you feel.

  9. Mr. Swamp says:

    I think it is a really good sign for Carol Shea-Porter and all Dems when this is all the Repubs have.

    People who have lost theirs jobs, have no health care, and are worried about the future of their children, turn to Carol and listen to her ideas. They are NOT going to put all that aside and pay attention to the Republican party when this is all they have to offer.

    If I was a voter for them I would be so angry at what my party has turned into. But, I’m not….

    Keep digging that hole right-wingers, your almost obsolete.

  10. My point is that she WASN’T lying. The story conflated multiple statements about multiple events to falsely create the impression of a lie.

    It’s not worth making a big fuss over this since I can’t expect anything Carol Shea-Porter says or does to be acceptable to the regular clientele of this site. And that’s OK: she only needs 50% of the vote plus 1 to beat Frank Guinta (or whoever the GOP sends out against her next year.) She doesn’t need to be universally loved.

  11. ECM says:

    In any case, even if she did do something wrong, two wrongs do not make a right. Nothing she is accused of doing in the past excuses harassment or disorderly conduct.

    Right, and it also doesn’t excuse her lying about it, yes? If this is the best spin you can manage, you’re going to have to try a lot harder than that.

  12. I think you are mixing up multiple events. Carol Shea-Porter attended many events during the mid-00s. Bush II never did Town halls, so it is absurd to claim she was removed from a Bush II Town Hall. (A Town Hall is an event where the politician does relatively unscripted Questions & Answers after a relatively brief opening statement, like Obama did at Portsmouth High School in August 2009. Bush II rarely if ever did unscripted Q&A’s and did not do so in February 2005 at the Pease Tradeport.) She was ejected from a speech that he gave. She never denied that. It was a peaceful protest, which is fairly accurately described.

    In any case, even if she did do something wrong, two wrongs do not make a right. Nothing she is accused of doing in the past excuses harassment or disorderly conduct.

    Shea-Pprter did attend quite a few of Jeb Bradley’s Town Hall events; she asked pointed questions but she never was arrested and she never wore a funny hat.


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