Is this the Softer Side of Charlie?

Charlie Bass has added his signature “Charlie” to his latest batch of yard sign across NH-02. Perhaps it’s supposed to intone a kinder gentler Charlie?

Meanwhile his field staff get aggressively bully Ann McLane Kuster with video cameras. Not cool.

I suppose I could have gotten in the face of Congressman Bass while he was “Working” for UPS in Keene recently, I could have asked him about his real positions on unions and labor. I guess I’m too polite and have respect for those who seek to represent me in DC.

Bullying opponents is not a New Hampshire value and we certainly do not need more of it in DC. Let’s help Congressman Bass return to the private sector.

Volunteer or Donate to help send Ann McLane Kuster to DC where she will stand up for NH’s Middle Class.

Kuster Campaign Statement below the fold.

STATEMENT FROM ANNIE KUSTER ON CONGRESSMAN BASS’ POLITICAL BULLYING

Annie Kuster released the following statement regarding political bullying by Congressman Bass’ campaign:

“Political bullying by Congressman Bass and the House Republicans has resulted in a failed, do-nothing Congress. Bass’s political bullying hasn’t worked in Washington and I won’t let it intimidate me or my campaign in New Hampshire.

This weekend, Congressman Bass sent a campaign staffer to a public event I was attending, which all candidates for public office expect. However, after the Bass staff member repeatedly interrupted a private conversation I was having and nearly hit me in the face with his video camera, I briefly took the camera from him and asked one of my supporters to return it moments later. The final thirty seconds of this episode were included in a video that the Bass campaign anonymously leaked to a Republican blog in an attempt to deceive voters and distract from his own failed leadership.

This type of political bullying aimed at keeping Congressman Bass in political power at all costs is exactly what is wrong with Congress. This is not what leaders do to bring people together to solve problems. It’s what politicians do to try and save their political careers.

I am eager to debate the issues with Congressman Bass in a respectful and civil way, but I won’t tolerate the Bass campaign’s attempts to intimidate me.”

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  • Chaz Proulx

    I cannot imagine sticking my video camera in Frank Guinta’s face. I’ve confronted him with tough questions to the point where he calls me by my first name.

    How a Bass staffer got into Annie’s face and then whined when she defended herself is beyond me.

    At this point in a campaign all candidates know their staff people and should denounce this type of borish behaviod.

    • FrankLloydMike

      If the shoe was on the other foot, Republicans would be calling Charlie Bass’s reaction an example of his strength, and call for Annie Kuster to be held personally responsible for the photographer-harasser’s actions.

      Videos and photos are an intractable part of campaigning these days, and as Mitt Romney can tell you, you can never assume that something will remain private. But there’s a big difference between respectfully recording political statements and personally harassing a candidate during a private conversation.

      • Chaz Proulx

        CSP was hounded and hounded by the you tube ambush crowd.

        But as bad as those events were I don’t recall a professional staffer doing it.

        I’m with FLMIKE. This is a plus for Annie.

        How to go candidate Kuster!

        • TimothyHorrigan

          In 2009, the NH Republican Party did run this paparazzi video as a 30-second anti-Shea-Porter ad, if only on YouTube.  The cameraman didn’t get into her personal space or obstruct her path the way Bass’s aide did to Annie Kuster, however:

          I wrote about this at the time as a BlueHampshire diary entitled “NH GOP tries to pull a Jackson-Lee on Shea-Porter”  “Jackson-Lee” is Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who was the target of a blatantly faked paparazzi video earlier in the summer of 2009.

  • Chaz Proulx

    still can’t spell.

    You can be tough on a candidate but still show respect for him or her.

    “Charlies” terrible ads with the actress portraying Annie Kuster is lousy too.

    Shades of phone jamming mentality once again.

  • TimothyHorrigan

    Normally when two people are walking away from an event and trying to have a private conversation, it is rude for a third party to butt in with a camera and get into their personal space. But in this case, of course, one of the two people was a candidate for Congress, which changes the rules somewhat. That said, on a human level, Annie Kuster’s reaction was totally understandable.

    I am not sure why it makes a big difference that the cameraman was trying to ask her a question, since she probably wasn’t going to give him the answer he wanted anyway.

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