Former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter announced Thursday that she will seek New Hampshire’s first congressional district seat in 2012, the same seat she lost to former-Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta last November. Shea-Porter made the announcement in an e-mail to her supporters.
“I am running for the United States House of Representatives,” Shea-Porter says in the e-mail. “Please join me once again as we journey towards a better destiny for all.”
“I believe that education is the key to prosperity, that renewable energy is key to our economic future and our national security, and that shipping jobs overseas hurts not just American workers but also our country. I believe that fostering job creation and investing in America and our people are both good business decisions and good moral decisions, and that we can reduce the debt without dismantling essential programs,” she said.
Shea-Porter was a controversial member of Congress, known for frequent and blunt gaffes and sometimes outlandish remarks. She once claimed that Congress would be able to pass ObamaCare if only the male members of that august body were sent him.
Prior to running for Congress in 2006, Shea-Porter was forcible removed from a George W. Bush town hall meeting in Portsmouth, NH. While she originally claimed the accusation was false, it was later substantiated by the Portsmouth Police Department. Ironically, a retired police officer was thrown out of one of her town hall meeting for speaking when it wasn’t his turn.