October 13, 2004


After walking coast to coast, running for the Senate is a breeze for Doris, 94 (James Bone, 10/14/04, Times of London)

AT FIRST, Doris Haddock’s political opponent shrugged off her invitation to a televised debate. So she challenged him to a game of Scrabble instead.

The popular two-term Republican senator, the scion of a New England political dynasty and a longtime friend of President Bush, was forced to admit he was “a bit dyslexic”.

Mrs Haddock got her television debate.

At 94, Mrs Haddock, a great-grandmother 16 times over who has had her named legally changed to Doris “Granny D” Haddock, is mounting perhaps the most unlikely campaign in this year’s US Senate races.

The activist, who made her name by walking coast-to-coast at the age of 90 for campaign finance reform, was drafted to run for a Senate seat in New Hampshire at the last moment when the Democratic candidate dropped out because his funds went missing.

She faces Judd Gregg, a former New Hampshire Governor whose father was also governor, the chairman of powerful Congressional committees and one of the most popular Republican office- holders in America.

If she scores an upset victory, she will be 101 at the end of her six-year term. But she is aiming to transform American politics before that by ridding Washington of the corrupting influence of “special interests” and dumping the “paid-off politicians in the Potomac”.

Mr. Gregg has such a huge lead his campaign is basically a re-elect Bush operation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 13, 2004 10:21 PM

I didn't know that that infamously bothersome old bat Granny D was running for senate in New Hampshire.

Well, better there than here.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at October 13, 2004 11:43 PM

What is Granny D's postion on Social Security? I am sure the voters of NH wait with baited breath.

Posted by: ratbert at October 14, 2004 12:08 AM

--The activist, who made her name by walking coast-to-coast at the age of 90 for campaign finance reform,---

So she's in George Soros' pocket?

Posted by: Sandy P at October 14, 2004 1:13 AM

Daft old bat.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at October 14, 2004 5:03 AM

There's no fool like an old fool.

Posted by: Bart at October 14, 2004 12:09 PM

She could run for president with Zombie Fred Tuttle.

Posted by: Governor Breck at October 14, 2004 2:58 PM