Steinhauser: In battle against O'Connor, Shea-Porter gets boost from DCCC
CONCORD -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s technically supposed to stay neutral in Democratic primaries for U.S House seats.
But the national committee made it pretty obvious which candidate it’s backing in the showdown between former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and first time candidate Shawn O’Connor in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.
The DCCC on Friday named Shea-Porter as one of 14 candidates across the country that it’s adding to its “Red to Blue” program. The program targets GOP held districts that it hopes to flip to Democratic control. The DCCC says their program “highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support.”
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, the DCCC chairman, said in a statement obtained by NH1 News that “Carol Shea-Porter is a tireless and effective leader who is unafraid to stand up to special interests to do what’s right for middle-class families and the economy. Granite Staters know they can always trust Carol to put New Hampshire first.”
“I am confident that in November voters will elect Carol Shea-Porter to New Hampshire’s 1st District and oust Tea Party Champion Frank Guinta, whose right-wing agenda hurts middle-class families and the economy,” he added.
New Hampshire’s 1st CD is one of the most closely watched swing congressional districts in the country. Shea-Porter was first elected to the seat in 2006, defeating GOP incumbent Jeb Bradley (who’s now the state Senate majority leader). She was re-elected in 2008 but defeated in 2010 by then-former Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta. She beat Guinta in their 2012 rematch, but he ousted Shea-Porter for a second time in the 2014 three-peat.
The battle for this Democratic nomination is full of drama, as O’Connor has threatened legal action against former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. O’Connor, a victim of domestic violence, claimed that Shea-Porter’s campaign spread rumors that he was a perpetrator of domestic violence. Shea-Porter’s campaign has said O’Connor’s allegations are untrue.
Guinta is facing a serious primary challenge from Rich Ashooh, who Guinta defeated in the 2010 Republican primary.