September 12, 2008

THE GRANITECUDA:

Horn Vs. Hodes (John P. Gregg, 9/11/08, Valley News)

All of a sudden, U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., may know how Barack Obama and Joe Biden feel.

Republican Jennifer Horn's victory in the Republican primary for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District pits the political newcomer in a race against Hodes, a Concord Democrat who has diligently done what first-term lawmakers do to get re-elected.

Hodes has built up a large campaign war chest, championed all sorts of home-district earmarks, and trumpeted passage of the four-state Northern Border Regional Commission as part of the Farm Bill.

Yawn.

How does that compare with being New Hampshire's version of vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, a short-on-specifics mother-of-five who makes suburban motherhood -- Horn lives on a cul-de-sac in Nashua and is the wife of a Fidelity Investments vice president -- into the major plank of her political campaign?

Republicans yesterday were effusive about Horn's victory, saying she represents the kind of outsider Washington needs.

“I think everyone is giving it a second look now,” New Hampshire GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen said about national Republican interest in the race. “You watch how the Democrats are having so much trouble dealing with Sarah Palin nationally -- that gives you some sense of the opportunity that Jennifer Horn presents for Republicans in New Hampshire.”


McCain/Palin will be in NH anyway, but the GOP can win back both seats now.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2008 12:00 AM
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