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John DiStaso's Granite Status: Romney to visit Bow lumber warehouse with Ayotte on Friday

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 18. 2012 11:35AM

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, UPDATE: ROMNEY HEADED TO BOW. Mitt Romney will appear with Sen. Kelly Ayotte for a campaign event at lumber wholesaler Coastal Forest Products in Bow on Friday, a campaign official has confirmed.

Ayotte is among those under consideration as Romney's running mate, although she is not currently viewed as one of the two or three finalists for the second slot on the GOP ticket.

Doors to the event at 34 Dunklee Road will open at 10:30 a.m. and the event is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m, according to invitations emailed on Wednesday night..

According to the company's web site, it is headquartered in Bedford and has a warehouse and finishing facility on Dunklee Road in Bow.

The company says it is "an environmentally-conscious wholesale supplier of Cedar, Fir, and a myriad of other specialty products to the retail lumberyard."

A campaign official said Romney will focus on job creation, and, as he did in Ohio today, accuse President Barack Obama of being more interested in "trying to keep his own job" than "helping people get jobs."

(Earlier updates and the full July 12 Granite Status follow.)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, UPDATE: TORY ON ICE. Tory Mazzola would have loved to have remained in politics through the upcoming election, but the offer from Bauer Performance Sports in Exeter was apparently just too attractive for him to pass up.

The lifelong hockey enthusiast isn't commenting, but we've learned Mazzola, who resigned as executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party earlier this week, has accepted a top post, effective Aug. 6, as Global Communications Manager for the Exeter-based company.

Bauer Performance Sports is the world's leading developer and manufacturer of ice hockey, roller hockey and lacrosse equipment. It says its products are available in over 45 countries.

Mazzola is known as a huge hockey fan who played since childhood and remains involved, including playing in the Congressional Hockey Challenge, which is a charity game between members of Congress and lobbyists.

Before joining the NHGOP, Mazzola worked at the National Republican Congressional Committee as Northeast Press Secretary where he helped Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta, as well as GOP candidates in about a dozen other states.

He previously worked on Capitol Hill as communications director for U.S. Sen. John Ensign and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa.

(Earlier updates and the full July 12 Granite Status follow.)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, UPDATE: ST. HILAIRE PICKS OVIDE. Dan St. Hilaire is not running for the Executive Council again, but he remains a key Concord area Republican and as a former Merrimack County Attorney, has law enforcement ties.

So his endorsement was a coveted one, and today, we've learned he's thrown his support to Ovide Lamontagne.

St. Hilaire called Lamontagne 'a principled conservative and a business leader who understands the importance of creating a pro-jobs business environment while keeping our taxes low and our budget balanced.'

He also called Lamontagne 'a man of integrity and character, whose real world leadership in the public, private and non-profit sectors make him our strongest choice for governor.'

St. Hilaire was elected to the council in 2010 and is leaving after one term because the makeup of District 2 was drastically changed during redistricting to favor the Democrats.

He is the second Executive Councilor to endorse Lamontagne, joining fellow outgoing councilor Ray Wieczorek, who is retiring.

Republican councilors Raymond Burton, Chris Sununu and David Wheeler have yet to endorse Lamontagne or GOP primary rival Kevin Smith.

St. Hilaire also serves on the Concord City Council as Mayor Pro Tem. He previously was a prosecutor for the City of Concord.

Lamontagne said he was honored to have St. Hilaire's support and lauded his fiscal conservatism and 'strong law enforcement record.'

(Earlier updates and the full July 12 Granite Status follow.)

TUESDAY, JULY 17 UPDATE: SUNUNU LETS LOOSE, THEN BACKTRACKS. Former Gov. John H. Sununu, one of Mitt Romney's top and most aggressive surrogates and long known in New Hampshire for his blunt approach, found himself in the midst of controversy today for saying that President Barack Obama should 'learn how to be an American.'

'I made a mistake,' Sununu, who is also a former White House chief of staff, told the Granite Status shortly after the remarks exploded on the Internet and the Twitter-sphere. 'I was referring to the fact that in America, entrepreneurs are the ones that create jobs, not the government.

'Obviously,' he told us, 'that was a bad choice of words."

He later apologized for using "those words."

The controversy arose shortly before the Granite Status confirmed that Romney will return to New Hampshire on Friday (see item below).

Sununu said he will be 'out of town' that day and won't be with Romney. He also said his status as a top surrogate has not changed as a result of today's comments.

Sununu, fighting back against Obama campaign charges regarding Romney's record during his time at Bain Capital, began his attack on the Fox News Channel, saying:

'This is a really dumb White House and a dumb campaign. For them to use the word 'felon' into the discourse reminds people that the President came out of that murky soup of politics in Illinois where, as I've said before, 'politician' and 'felon' are almost synonymous.

'Look,' Sununu continued on Fox, 'the Chicago formula is the formula this White House uses. In Chicago, they give grants to their friends that support their campaigns, and that's what this President has done. The Solyndra money went to people who were bundlers and backers and contributors to the President's campaign.

He didn't stop there.

'This President runs his White House with the same kind of smarmy philosophy that people (use to) run things in Chicago,' he said.

He called the Obama campaign a "bunch of liars," and also said of Obama:

"He has no idea how the American system functions, and we shouldn't be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, and when he came to the U.S. worked as a community organizer -- which is a socialized structure -- and then got into politics in Chicago. There has been no experience in his life in which he's earned a private-sector paycheck that meant anything."

Later, Sununu became even more aggressive in a conference call he hosted for reporters with business people from across the country. The focus was ostensibly on the Romney campaign's claim that Obama rewarded his political allies and friends with government grants while the middle class suffered layoffs.

'These are the people who are the backbone of our economy and the President clearly demonstrated that he has absolutely no idea how the American economy functions,' Sununu said. 'The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses -- their businesses, from the ground up -- is how our economy became the envy of the world.'

Then, he added: 'It is the American way, and I wish this President would learn how to be an American.'

Sununu then stepped back when questioned about the remarks, saying, 'What I thought I said, but I guess I didn't say, is that the President has to learn the American formula for creating business. 'If I didn't give all that detail I apologize.'

This afternoon, in an interview with the Granite Status, Sununu said, 'I said three or four times that there is an American formula for creating jobs, which is that the entrepreneurs do it. And then I went back to talk about that relative to something else and I said that I wish the President would understand the American formula for creating jobs.

'And the second or third time I went to say that, I said I wished he would understand how to an American.

'Obviously, that was a bad choice of words,' Sununu said. 'It's not what I intended. I intended to talk about the American formula."

Sununu said 'nothing his changed' regarding his status as a top Romney surrogate. 'No change.'

He noted that on CNN recently, he said that anyone questioning the Obama's birthplace is wrong.

'I said Donald Trump is wrong and I really believe that all the people who feel that way are wrong, they're dead wrong,' Sununu said.

After speaking with the Granite Status, Sununu said on CNN, "I shouldn't have used those words. And I apologize for using those words.'

For his comments, Sununu found his way on to the top home page of the Huffington Post web site.

Obama spokesman Lis Smith responded, 'The Romney campaign has officially gone off the deep end. The question is what else they'll pull to avoid answering serious questions about Romney's tenure at Bain Capital and investments in foreign tax havens and offshore accounts. This meltdown and over-the-top rhetoric won't make things better. It only calls attention to how desperate they are to change the conversation.'

(Earlier updates and the full July 12 Granite Status follow.)

TUESDAY, JULY 17, UPDATE: BACK TO NH. Republican presidential candiate Mitt Romney will be back in the state on Friday, two Republican sources told the Granite Status today.

Details are unclear at the moment, but his visit will come amid speculation that he is ready to announce his choice of a running mate.

The visit will also come as the rhetoric between Romney and President Barack Obama, and their campaigns, intensifies over Romney's days at Bain Capital and Obama's alleged "political payoffs" with grants to political allies.

Romney was last in the state during the July 4 holiday, which he enjoyed with his family at his home in Wolfeboro. He also appeared in the town's July 4 parade. His previous visit was to kick off a bus tour of swing states last month.

(Earlier updates and the full July 12 Granite Status follow.)

MONDAY, JULY 16, UPDATE: PAC PERCENTAGES. The four major candidates for the U.S. House received a combined total of $391,174 from political action committees during the second quarter and $1.8 million from PACs overall in the campaign so far, their campaign finance reports show.

The quarterly PAC amount is about half of the total they raised from April 1 to June 30. And overall since the beginning of the 2012 election cycle , the candidates have raised about 36 percent of their money from PACs.

2nd District U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass's campaign received 57 percent of its second quarter contributions from PACs, while only 19 percent of the contributions to his Democratic opponent, Ann McLane Kuster, came from PACs.

So far in the 2nd District campaign, 64 percent of Bass's overall contributions, and 16 percent of Kuster's, came from PACs.

In the 1st District, Republican Rep. Guinta received 32 percent of his second quarter contributions from PACs, and 42 percent from PAC's overall.

Democratic challenger Carol Shea-Porter received 31 percent of her receipts from PACs in the second quarter and 24 percent overall so far in the campaign.

See the item below for more details on the the campaign finance reports in the two congressional races.

(Earlier updates and the full July 12 Granite Status follow.)

MONDAY, JULY 16, UPDATE: McLAUGHLIN BACKS CILLEY. Former state Attorney General Phil McLaughlin, who had considered running for governor himself earlier this year, today endorsed former state Sen. Jackie Cilley to succeed outgoing Gov. John Lynch.

Cilley faces fellow former state Sen. Maggie Hassan and businessman Bill Kennedy in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

'There is nothing fancy about Jackie Cilley. She's a work horse, she's smart, and she's rooted in this state. She pledges nothing but straight talk, an open mind and a willingness to confront New Hampshire's future,' McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin was attorney general from 1997 to 2002. He also served on the Laconia City Council and school board and as Belknap County Attorney.

Cilley said she was 'deeply honored' by McLaughlin's support.

'Phil's reputation for integrity and outspokenness is something I value tremendously,' Cilley said.

(Earlier updates and the full July 12 Granite Status follow.)

MONDAY, JULY 16, UPDATE: $5 MILLION AND COUNTING. The four major candidates for the state's two seats in the U.S. House have raised a combined total of $5 million with about three-and-a-half months to go before the general election on Nov. 6.

Combined, Frank Guinta, Carol Shea-Porter, Ann McLane Kuster and Charlie Bass had a total of $3.3 million on hand as of June 30 for the big push through late summer and into the fall.

Second quarter filings with the Federal Election Commission, which were due on Sunday, July 15, show Democratic 2nd District candidate Kuster leading the way with nearly $1.3 million on hand. She raised $483,572 in the second quarter and a total of nearly $1.9 million so far in the 2012 election cycle.

Kuster has spent a total of $784,735 so far in the campaign, her report says.

2nd District incumbent Bass raised $261,445 in the second quarter and raised $1.29 million so far in the campaign. He has spent $501,127 so far in the campaign and lists $912,790 on hand.

Democratic former Rep. Shea-Porter, challenging Republican incumbent Guinta, reported raising $200,852 in the second quarter, for a total of $612,042 so far in the campaign. She has spent $356,582 and lists $312,458 on hand as of June 30.

As we reported last week (see item below), Guinta's campaign received $256,021 between April 1 and June 30. His campaign has raised $1.24 million so far in the 2012 cycle.

Guinta's campaign reported spending $427,152 so far in the campaign and having $478,133 in total disbursements, including spending $41,500 on loan repayment. His campaign has $846,190 on hand.

The congressman's campaign continues to owe Guinta $313,500 in personal loans he made to his campaign two years ago.

All four campaigns will be bolstered by spending on advertising by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Watch for more details from the candidate's campaign finance filings in future Granite Status reports.

(Earlier updates and the full July 12 Granite Status follow.)

FRIDAY, JULY 13, UPDATE: RNC ON THE AIR. The Republican National Committee has reserved $729,000 on television advertising in New Hampshire beginning on Saturday, July 14, the National Journal says.

The National Journal said the RNC, through an independent expenditure unit, is expected to spend $5 million on ad buy in seven battleground states in support of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

According to the National Journal, veteran party strategist Jim Murphy, who consulted for Romney's 2002 race for governor and has had experience working on presidential campaigns in New Hampshire, will coordinate the independent unit.

The Journal reported the RNC's ad "will run most heavily in Ohio, where the party is spending $1 million on the spots. The committee is spending nearly as much, $941,000, in Virginia, $855,000 in North Carolina, $729,000 in New Hampshire, and $631,000 in Colorado. The party is spending less than $500,000 in Nevada and Iowa."

(Earlier updates and the full July 12 Granite Status follow.)

FRIDAY, JULY 13, UPDATE: NYE THE SCIENCE GUY FOR OBAMA. President Barack Obama's campaign on Monday will begin a week-long focus on K-12 education by bringing to the state educational television program host Bill Nye the Science Guy and U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., ranking member of the House Education Committee.

Nye will be making his first campaign stop for Obama, a campaign official said. He has been an advocate for continued space exploration and has been outspoken that global warming is man-made and is one reason for extreme weather.

Nye will be in Concord, Manchester and Rye, 'discussing the President's commitment to K-12 education as well as his emphasis on science education,' the campaign said. Andrews will be with Nye for several stops.

The appearances are part of the Obama campaign's 'Out-Educate' initiative, which began this week with phone banks focusing on higher education and continues today with roundtables at Manchester and Nashua community colleges today and the launch of a Young Granite Staters Steering Committee.

Attention shifts to K-12 education next week. The campaign says Obama's education reforms allowed 46 states 'to raise K-12 standards for schools with no new federal mandates or federal dollars,' allowed states flexibility to deal with the No Child Left Behind law and promoted science, technology, engineering and math education.

The campaign says Republican challenger Mitt Romney as Massachusetts governor 'slashed investments in K-12 funding and tried to reduce funding for Head Start and early literacy programs.'

The campaign says the initiative will continue next Tuesday with campaign policy director James Kvaal, the former undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education, hosting a Twitter Town Hall at 3 p.m. The forum can be followed through the hashtag #NHOutEducate and questions can be tweeted to @OFA_NH.

The campaign will launch a school bus tour on Wednesday in Concord, with stops planned for Laconia, Rochester, Portsmouth and Manchester. On the bus will be New Hampshire and Massachusetts teachers and elected officials who will contrast Obama and Romney's education records.

The Obama campaign says Romney enacted 'massive cuts to K-12 education' as governor and during his first two years in office, class sizes increased in most Massachusetts school districts.

Obama campaign spokesman Holly Shulman said Obama 'has invested in education, worked to raise K-12 standards, and he has taken steps to make college more affordable so that students from middle-class families can afford the education they need to compete in the global economy.

'What Mitt Romney doesn't seem to understand is that to create true middle-class security, we can't just cut our way to prosperity. A quality education is a fundamental part of President Obama's plan to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the world,' Shulman said.

Romney spokesman Ryan Williams responded, 'Under President Obama, college tuition has risen by 25 percent, student loan debt is at an all-time high, and 50 percent of recent graduates can't find jobs worthy of their skills.

'As governor, Mitt Romney helped expand school choice, supported reforms encouraging teacher accountability and promoted policies that helped Massachusetts students outperform every other state in both reading and math,' said Williams. 'Mitt Romney has a plan to get our economy back on track, improve public education, and reduce the crushing debt burden President Obama has passed on to their generation.'

Meanwhile, as we first reported on Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama plans to return to New Hampshire on Aug. 2 for campaign stops.

(Earlier updates and the full July 12 Granite Status follow.)

FRIDAY, JULY 13, UPDATE: FRANK'S NUMBERS. U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta later today will report having raised $256,021 in the second quarter that ended June 30 and having $846,190 on hand in his bid for a second term representing the state's 1st Congressional District.

Guinta had raised $179,842 in the first quarter, which ended March 31 and to that point had raised $962,672 in the current election cycle. Adding his second quarter fund-raising, Guinta appears now to have raised a total of nearly $1.22 million.

Guinta ended the first quarter with $674,747 on hand, so he had increased that total by nearly $200,000.

'Last month we kicked off our campaign with over 200 volunteers,' Guinta said. 'Since, we have been working hard all over the 1st District: knocking doors, marching in parades and making phone calls.

'The response has been overwhelming: Granite Staters want to see us improve our economy, create jobs and control our debt and deficit. We really truly appreciate all of the continued hard work and dedication from supporters in all corners of New Hampshire.'

Guinta's Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, has not yet made her second quarter fund-raising numbers public.

In the first quarter, she raised $101,000 and had $181,000 on hand.

(Earlier updates and the full July 12 Granite Status follow.)

THURSDAY, JULY 12, UPDATE: "FLOTUS" TO RETURN. First Lady Michelle Obama will return to New Hampshire for a campaign visit on Aug. 2, the Granite Status has learned.

A campaign official said more details will be announced soon.

She was last in the state in March on an official visit to the Penacook Community Center to promote her 'Let's Move!' initiative, which focuses on nutrition and physical activity for children to halt childhood obesity.

A group of children and parents from the center later joined Mrs. Obama and President Barack Obama for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

President Obama was last in the state on June 25, rallying supporters at Oyster River High School in Durham.

(The full July 12 Granite Status follows.)

THURSDAY, JULY 12: SQUEAKY CLEAN? Eight years ago, John Lynch successfully ran for governor based mainly on a campaign theme promising a squeaky-clean governing style, free of the type of ethical issues that had faced predecessor Craig Benson, whom Lynch defeated in winning his first term.

Lynch has had a few bumps along the way, but now, as he nears the end of his final term, faces potentially the most serious scandal of his administration. His hand-picked Commissioner of Employment Security, Tara Reardon, stands accused of serious ethical, and possibly legal, violations.

A whistleblower complaint says Reardon had her daughter hired for a part-time summer job at the department she heads and then ordered an underling to fire her daughter when she was ready to quit so the daughter could collect unemployment benefits.

These charges are serious, yet the irony of this taking place in the office of the agency that provides unemployment benefits to deserving unemployed Granite Staters makes the irony even more acute.

Tara Reardon says it isn't so. She says disgruntled employees 'distorted the truth and fabricated a story to cover their own failure to do their jobs in a professional and competent manner.'

Still, she stepped down Wednesday for the good of the department, she said.

Her resignation is effective Aug. 31. Until then, she is on administrative leave.

Reportedly, the governor and Executive Council have been meeting behind closed doors on this matter for months. We understand that behind the scenes, the governor has treated the situation no differently than he does other personnel matters that come to his attention - in a straightforward manner.

In the end, assuming there was no attempt at a cover-up, the Reardon incident won't look good on Lynch's record, but it's a matter of opinion whether it will or won't be a major stain.

'Does the governor have a track record or a history of this type of thing?' asked one State House Republican. 'You have 18 full-time commissioners and over the arc of eight years you have very few incidents, so I don't think it speaks to a trend or a problem.'

State Republican Party Chairman Wayne MacDonald said there has been a trend and it is indeed a problem for Lynch.

'We've seen this sort of thing with several major officials,' he said, citing Attorney General Michael Delaney and former Bank Commissioner Peter Hildreth's troubles related to the Financial Resources Mortgage scandal and allegations - denied by former State Liquor Commissioner Mark Bodi - that he inappropriately injected himself into a commission enforcement matter.

'The governor has to take responsibility,' said MacDonald. 'Having been governor for as long as he has, these are all his people, who he has appointed or reappointed, and he has to accept some responsibility for the actions of those he puts in positions of honor, trust and responsibility.

'When they abuse that trust there is no way it doesn't reflect on him,' MacDonald said.

But New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley said Lynch's legacy won't suffer.

'After serving in the governor's office longer than any Granite Stater ever has, we are an imperfect people, so one would expect a flare-up of one sort or another.

'But as is the case in any of these things that have happened, none of it reflects on the governor's decision-making or his leadership, and it was certainly handled very quickly and professionally.'

Besides, said Buckley, 'Having served with Tara Reardon in the House and knowing her for years, I would be highly suspect of any of these allegations.'

Ovide Lamontagne, GOP candidate for governor, said Reardon should not be granted administrative leave and her resignation should be effective immediately.

He said Reardon's 'behavior is intolerable and is a breach of the public trust.'

He did not name Lynch, but said the 'revelations illustrate a failure of leadership. We need to elect a governor who will be proactive and will work every day to make sure department heads act ethically, in an open, honest and transparent fashion.'

MacDonald also targeted Democratic candidates for governor Maggie Hassan and Jackie Cilley for not speaking out.

'Maggie and Jackie should show some leadership and rebuke this dishonest behavior because this scam is a slap in the face to the tens of thousands of Granite Staters who are unemployed and have been looking for a job for months,' MacDonald said.

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BOMBSHELL. While there were rumors at the State House for a while that a department head was in some sort of trouble, the Telegraph's report on the matter hit the building 'like a bombshell,' one State House employee told us Wednesday.

'It was stunning,' the employee said.

House Speaker William O'Brien took notice of the issue and planned to contact House Labor Committee Chairman Gary Daniels to ask him whether he thinks any issues brought up by the allegations against Reardon need to be addressed legislatively.

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STRONG ENDORSEMENT FOR SMITH. The Granite Status has learned that GOP candidate for governor Kevin Smith has picked up the endorsement of influential state Rep. Steve Stepanek, a key member of the House Republican leadership.

Stepanek, now in his fourth term, is the assistant majority leader and chairman of the powerful House Way and Means Committee.

He also heads the House Republican Victory PAC, which raises money for campaigns aimed at keeping Republicans in the majority in the House.

Stepanek will co-host a fund-raiser for Smith Friday at the home of former state Republican Party Chairman Wayne Semprini in New Castle.

Another co-host is entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter Paul, a University of New Hampshire alumnus who donated $25 million to the university for the new Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

Also co-hosting are Smith supporters former Gov. Craig Benson, Portsmouth real estate development executives Renee Riedel-Plummer and Dan Plummer, and Ed Reilly, who owns a Subaru dealership in Concord.

Stepanek said he was impressed by the specificity of Smith's economic plan.

'New Hampshire needs a governor who can hit the ground running and has a plan for moving the state forward. Kevin Smith is that person, hands-down,' he said.

'Others in the race are long on rhetoric, but short on ideas for making a real impact for our state's small businesses and improving our economic climate.'

Stepanek said Smith 'will not simply administer government, but instead make government more efficient, more effective, and more responsive to our citizens and the small businesses that are so vital to our economy.'

He called Smith 'a bold leader who isn't afraid to take a stand and make the tough decisions.

Smith has now had several House committee chairs endorse his campaign, including House Finance Committee Chairman Kenneth Weyler, R-Kingston.

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SEVENTH SENATOR FOR OVIDE. Lamontagne, meanwhile, today will announce the endorsement of Tea Party leader and outgoing state Sen. Jim Forsythe.

Forsythe wrote a letter backing Lamontagne that will go out today to the extensive network of Ron Paul backers in the state, and others. Forsythe chaired the state campaign for Paul, who finished second to Mitt Romney in the New Hampshire Primary.

Forsythe calls Lamontagne 'a business leader who values the free market and understands government does not create jobs. He supports the right-to-work and will fight to reduce business taxes and cut bureaucratic red tape.

'He has taken the pledge to veto any broad-based sales or income tax and his record as a consistent conservative gives us reason to trust he will keep his word to preserve the New Hampshire Advantage,' Forsythe wrote.

Lamontagne said Forsythe 'represents the very best of New Hampshire and I am proud to have earned his endorsement.'

Forsythe joins state Sens. Jeb Bradley, Jack Barnes, David Boutin, Tom DeBlois, Jim Luther and Fenton Groen in backing Lamontagne.

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WHITE BACKS DeBLOIS. DeBlois, who is leaving the Senate to run for the District 4 Executive Council seat, was backed Wednesday by outgoing state Sen. Ray White of Bedford.

White cited DeBlois' business experience and fiscally conservative record during his one term in the Senate.

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TAKING REPEAL. Former American Medical Association president Dr. Donald Palmisano will be in the state on July 16 on behalf of the Coalition to Protect Patients' Rights, a group working to repeal and replace what it considers the 'most harmful' components of the Affordable Care Act.

Palmisano, who has testified before Congress, will be talking to local media about the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the law.

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BEEFING UP. The Republican National Committee opened five 'Victory' offices last weekend, bringing its total in the state to eight.

The Obama campaign, meanwhile, opened an office in Conway this week and has about a dozen offices operating in the state.

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John DiStaso is senior political reporter of the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News. He can be reached at Twitter: @jdistaso.

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