Acting like the nominee
GOP front-runner Mitt Romney launched a televised ad last week in New Hampshire, attacking President Barack Obama.
The ad has drawn fire from many quarters. It includes a clip of the president saying, "If we keep talking about the economy, we are going to lose."
But it wasn't Obama talking campaign strategy. It was the president quoting a John McCain adviser.
State Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley called the ad a "slap in the face to Granite Staters."
Romney's camp isn't backing down, saying they were "upfront" about the ad.
And the list grows on
Last week, Romney landed two big endorsements: Congressman Charlie Bass, R-N.H., and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.
Bass is now co-chairman of Romney's New Hampshire Steering Committee and on the National Steering Committee.
Ayotte, the first member of the state's congressional delegation to endorse a presidential contender, will be Romney's national advisory committee co-chairman.
And on a smaller scale
Former Utah. Gov. Jon Huntsman recently announced his Rockingham County leadership team.
Local members include Gene Schneider of Atkinson, Adrienne Starrs of Danville, John Maurice of Derry, Gail Witham of Hampstead, Greg Lynch of Kingston, Nancy Stickney and Mike Flathers of Salem, Brenda Copp of Sandown and Glenn Waugaman of Windham.
Frisbees are still flying
Fred Karger continues his dogged pursuit of the GOP nomination, though the news out of the campaign often seems to be more about Fred Frisbees and Karger's book, "Fred Who?"
Karger will be at Pinkerton Academy Tuesday afternoon.
Sweet dreams, Buddy
Speaking of dogged pursuits, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer. 68, is still plugging away. Roemer makes more ripples than Karger, but not many. He often doesn't even show up in national polls.
But Roemer is determined to get his message out and says he's the only contender campaigning against corruption.
He's also the only one who Tweets a comforting message before retiring every night: "Good night, all. Tomorrow is a new day."
New day, new start?
Maybe that's good news for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a short-lived frontrunner who plummeted so fast in the polls his ears may still be popping from the descent.
Perry will be in Derry at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Brookstone, thanks to the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce.
Looking for political presents?
Even the politicians couldn't stay away from the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy.
Obama 2012 was offering 10 percent off purchases Friday and Mitt Romney is having a Cyber Monday sale tomorrow.
Obama wins for offering the most choices — there's everything from a "Barack's Best Friend" dog collar for $12 to a mug featuring the vice president's face and the words "cup of Joe" for $20.
Romney has far fewer offerings and they're all pretty basic. The most exotic appears to be a "Believe in America" water bottle for $15.
The Romney website points out anything purchased from the online site counts toward an individual's $2,500 campaign contribution limit. Stands to reason a contributor might want a couple hundred (or thousand) dollars worth of merchandise for a contribution.
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