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Conservative advocacy group already targeting Shea-Porter with mailings on Obamacare

Senior Political Reporter

November 06. 2013 4:15PM

A full year ahead of the mid-term elections, New Hampshire U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is already being targeted with direct mail by a conservative Washington-based issues advocacy group over her support for the Affordable Care Act.

The American Action Network, a self-described "center-right action tank," will begin send mailings on Thursday to Democrat Shea-Porter's constituents, especially seniors, urging them to call her and tell her to "stop putting people out of work," "it's wrong to make us pay more for health care," "she's harming the quality of our health care" and "it's wrong to make seniors pay more for health care."

The state Democratic Party dismissed the mailers as “partisan nonsense from a right-wing out-of-state special interest group.”

"Seniors in the district of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter will receive multiple rounds of mail educating area seniors on how Obamacare is leading to higher costs, fewer jobs and reduced access to health care," said AAN.

The group said "at least six unique mail pieces" will be sent to the district. Also being targeted are constituents of Reps. Nick Rahall of West Virginia and Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona.

All are viewed by Republicans as vulnerable in next year's mid-term elections.

Democratic Party spokesman Harrell Kirstein said, “New Hampshire seniors know that Carol is committed to protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare. Just like she won’t stop working for good jobs and a stronger middle class, she won’t stop fighting against right-wing schemes to balance the budget on the backs of New Hampshire’s seniors.”

AAN is spending about $200,000 on the three congressmen, and "up to $65,000" in Shea-Porters district, AAN said.

"Seniors deserve to know what they and their loved ones are losing thanks to Carol Shea-Porter's vote for Obamacare," AAN president Brian O. Walsh said in a statement.

AAN is chaired by former Minnesota U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman and its board includes Fred Malek, a former aide to Presidents Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush and former U.S. Reps. Tom Reynolds of New York and Vin Weber of Minnesota.

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