Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas

Due to the holiday season, blogging will be light over this week. I will post about Edwards upcoming visit and Romney's expected presidential announcement, later in the week. Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Dems Sents Their Thanks

Gov. Tom Vilsack and Barack Obama mailed New Hampshire Democrats "thank you" cards this week. Vilsack wrote handwritten notes thanking people for a reception in early December. While, Obama e-mailed NH Dems with holiday message and sent a card to everyone who attended his rally. (The Union Leader)

McCain Beefs Up NH Staff

John McCain, and likely GOP presidential candidate, has been a busy bee. McCain has recently added two new members to his New Hampshire staff. Former Tom Kean Communications Director, Jill Hazelbaker, will be serving in that same capacity for McCain in the Granite State. The Arizona Senator has also hired Paul Young of Calypso Communications. Mr. Young will be in charge of "coalition outreach." So far, it appears that McCain has the most talented GOP operatives on the ground.

Rudy's Next Trip

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire GOP Annual Meeting. The meeting will be taking place on Saturday January 27th at the Palace Theatre in Manchvegas.

Pataki Sets-up Shop

The Union Leader is reporting that Gov. George Pataki's PAC will be based out of Peekskill, New York. Also, Alicia Preston and Rob Cole will come to New Hampshire on Jan. 4th to finalize a New Hampshire operation. Pataki has visited the state almost a dozen times.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Gilmore Jumps In

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore has decided to form a presidential exploratory committee. Gilmore said that "There is just no conservative right now who can mount a national campaign.”

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Edwards: From The Bayou To The Granite State

It appears that former North Carolina Senator will make another visit to our fine state. After announcing his presidential candidacy in the lower 9th ward of New Orleans, Edwards will visit New Hampshire. The Boston Globe is reporting that "Edwards's advance staff has been on the ground in New Hampshire for at least two weeks. He is expected to be in the state on Friday, Dec. 29." Edward's New Hampshire operation is so far the most organized presidential campaign, in the state.

Obama Sends His Best

Senator Barack Obama has been sending postcards to NH Democrats. The card has a picture of Obama in New Hampshire, with a message on the back. Here is an excerpt from the card:

What a day last Sunday was! Thanks so much for joining me in Manchester to celebrate the wonderful success of New Hampshire Democrats in last month’s election. The energy and enthusiasm I encountered gave me great hope that the movement for change that started in the Granite State has the power to sweep across the nation.

The $64,000 question: Will Obama's energy propel him into the Oval Office??

Rudy Hires NH Staff

The Hotline is reporting that "Ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani will announce at the beginning of the new year that he has secured staffs in both Iowa and New Hampshire and planned trips to both states." Rudy was last in New Hampshire for an event with Victory NH and various campaign events.

Romney Makes Secret Trip

Mitt Romney will be in the state tomorrow. However, Romney will be attending small group events. His staff fears that Romney could be "overexposed."

Monday, December 18, 2006

Richardson: I Don't Want To Peak Too Soon

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was in the state this past weekend. In an interview with The Union Leader he said "I know the media's not taking me seriously right now. I know the pundits aren't. And that's fine with me... You've got to peak at the right time. I don't want to peak now." Richardson was referring to his current underdog status. However, with Bayh now out of the race, Richardson's stock has the centrist-Democrat has potentially increased.