Sunday, January 07, 2007

Biden Courts Shea-Porter

The following article appeared in CQ. Both Mrs. Shea-Porter and Mr. Hodes are being courted by potential presidential candidates. Joe Biden paid Carol Shea-Porter a surprise visit and even waited in her office, until she arrived. Talk about dedication!!

"New Hampshire’s members of Congress will be pretty busy over the next few months as the 110th Congress gets under way.

Still, they may have to clear their schedules every now and then to receive visits from a string of presidential hopefuls.

In fact, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter had hardly been sworn in as a new member Thursday when Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del., strolled into her office to congratulate her on being the state’s first congresswoman.

She wasn’t there, but he chatted with a few of her constituents — and potential voters in the 2008 New Hampshire primary, telling them: “You’ll be seeing too much of me.”

When Shea-Porter finally arrived, Biden fell to one knee before her. “I don’t need that,” she laughed. “All I need is a big fat donation to my re-election campaign.”

New Hampshire’s other Democratic freshman, Paul W.Hodes, also is being courted by Democratic presidential hopefuls. About “four or five” of them called, an aide said, within an hour of his election in November."

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