9/06/2012

The Obama Campaign: No wonder some cities are having a hard time paying their bills

Obama doing his part to make life tough for some local governments.  Obama's campaign apparently comes before compassion for residents.

. . . The Portsmouth City Council voted 5-4 on Tuesday to bill the Obama campaign, Portsmouth Patch reported, following a fierce debate over additional security costs the city will incur during his visit -- which is also forcing three schools to close due to logistical challenges, according to local press reports. 
The president and first lady Michelle Obama are expected to hold a campaign event Friday at Strawbery Banke Museum, along with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden. 
Because the visit will require several road closures, the Portsmouth School Department announced it would cancel school for the day -- a decision that has angered many parents, especially those who must hire babysitters to watch their children, SeacoastOnline.com reported. 
"I just think it's unbelievable," parent Kathy Logan told the website. "All of a sudden, the president is coming to Portsmouth and everything has to shut down. I don't think it's right."
She said she blames the Obama campaign. 
"I don't think the school department had much of a choice," she said. "I love being in New Hampshire. I love the fact that the politicians come through the state. I think we're so lucky, but I just don't think you shut down your whole school system." . . .
The Romney campaign is apparently having a nearby event later in the day so as to avoid some of these costs on the locals.  My advice is for Portsmouth should bill the Obama campaign for these costs, but if they do they should get an ironclad agreement to ensure that they will get paid.  From a recent Fox News piece:
The Democratic National Committee has informed a Connecticut town it will not be reimbursed for the thousands of dollars the city spent on costs for President Obama's fundraising visit earlier this month.  
Gordon Joseloff, the first selectman of Westport, says he was informed this week the town's request to have the DNC and Obama for America cover the $14,812 the city paid in police and fire overtime was denied.  
The president traveled to the area on Aug. 6 to attend a fundraiser in Stamford and a $35,800 per person dinner at the Westport home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein. . . . 

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