EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 14, 2012

NH Campaign Notebook


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — With Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz campaigning last week with Democratic nominee Ann McLane Kuster in the 2nd Congressional District, the Republicans countered with not one but two Sununus.

Former Sen. John E. Sununu and his father, former Gov. John H. Sununu, responded in a teleconference with reporters on what the Republicans labeled Schultz’s “scare tactics.”

That was the theme of the day, too, for their man, Republican incumbent Congressman Charles Bass.

Firefighters back Maggie

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Maggie Hassan no longer has to envy former rival Jackie Cilley.

During an interview in Derry this summer, Hassan had to concede it was a good deal for Cilley to land the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire.

The union came out for Hassan on Thursday, praising her for working with the public safety community to pass laws that make communities better and safer.

Salem reception for Ovide

Headlining a reception for Republican gubernatorial nominee Ovide Lamontagne on Thursday at Tuscan Kitchen in Salem was Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia.

McDonnell was among those mentioned as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney over the summer, before Paul Ryan got the job. If Romney comes up short against President Barack Obama this year, McDonnell could be the subject of presidential speculation for 2016.

Also on hand were former New Hampshire House Speaker Donna Sytek of Salem, Sen. Chuck Morse of Salem and Windham Selectman Bruce Breton.

Romney closes the gap

A University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll had Romney closing the gap on Obama last week.

Obama held a 47 percent to 41 percent lead, but that was down from a 15-point margin in the prior UNH poll.

What a difference a debate makes. UNH pollster Andy Smith predicted the difference on Election Day could be the campaign organization that gets its supporters to the voting booths.

Guinta campaigns in Derry

Congressman Frank Guinta brought his re-election campaign to Ink Spot in Derry last week to talk about jobs. Guinta said he had fought for more than 30 bipartisan jobs bills and hosted a half-dozen job fairs during his term in Congress.

Romney gets a boost

Al Letizio Jr. of Windham took part in a small-business owners press conference Friday, boosting Romney and criticizing Obama administration policies.

Standing up for seniors

Among the 200 senior supporters for the Kuster campaign announced Friday were Pelham Selectman Hal Lynde, Windham Planning Board member and state representative candidate Carolyn Webber, Carol Pynn of Windham, Peter McVay of Atkinson and Marc Bolh of Windham.