Kathy Sullivan: Sen. Shaheen is doing fine with women and NH
It was bad enough that her first election as governor broke what had been a 16-year grip on the corner office; her victory also was the beginning of a Democratic resurgence in the Granite State. But certain Republicans have never been able to bring themselves to give Shaheen any credit for her accomplishments. Instead, they like to come up with excuses for her victories.
Another excuse is that she has had weak opponents. That does not hold up to scrutiny, either, as in two of her three campaigns for governor, she did run against competitive Republicans. In 1996, Shaheen beat Ovide Lamontagne, a Manchester attorney who was the well-known chair of the New Hampshire State Board of Education and who ran an aggressive campaign. Admittedly, she did crush Jay Lucas in 1998, who was one of the worst candidates ever to appear on a New Hampshire ballot.
Does Fergus Cullen really believe that Jeanne Shaheen wins elections because she us a woman? Or is he trying to downplay her accomplishments because Scott Brown, the favored candidate in the Republican senate primary, has a record of doing nothing for New Hampshire (and little for the people of Massachusetts, for that matter)? Regardless, women voters will vote for the candidate with the proven record of putting New Hampshire first.
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