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Shea-Porter falsely claims she doesn’t use term “teabagger”

April 26, 2010 by Shawn Millerick  
Filed under Health

Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) chastised a supporter at a recent town hall meeting for referring to opponents of President Barack Obama’s new health care law as “teabaggers.” But Shea-Porter has defiantly refused to apologize for having used the term herself in the past.

Carol Shea-Porter

Carol Shea-Porter

The questioner, who later identified herself as a public school teacher, asked Shea-Porter how she can get the truth out “with teabaggers and Fox News and that kind of thing” pushing “negative information.”

Shea-Porter responded by correcting the woman.

“First, let me say that we don’t use that expression,” Shea-Porter said. “Tea partiers. Tea partiers.”

But Shea-Porter has in fact called tea partiers “teabaggers.” Last August she claimed “teabaggers” were following her around with video cameras. At the time, the Portsmouth Republican City Committee demanded an apology from Shea-Porter, but she declined.

“I’m not going to apologize for using a phrase people in the media, including Neil Cavuto on Fox News and CBS News, have used,” Shea-Porter fired back.

NowHampshire.com contacted Shea-Porter’s office and granted her another opportunity to apologize, but she declined.

The term “teabagger” carries a sexual connotation and Democrats often use it to ridicule political conservatives.

Shea-Porter has received a hostile welcome in virtually every town she has visited since voting to pass the President Obama’s health care reform bill into law. The new law remains unpopular with a majority of Granite Staters.

A recent poll showed exactly half of all first district voters have a negative view of Shea-Porter.

Comments

2 Responses to “Shea-Porter falsely claims she doesn’t use term “teabagger””
  1. Tea Party American says:

    The left often insists that tea party people used that term about themselves but that is WRONG.

    It was Janeane Garafolo was the one to use it in public when intended to demean them on David Letterman’s show.

    Then entertainers Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann used it in their rants.

  2. Bill Duncan says:

    You guys need to get a life!

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