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Dems Thank Tea Party for 'Tremendous Gift'

Those attending Democratic Mid-term Convention say conservative movement has helped them rally their base.

Republican presidential hopefuls are not the only ones trying to leverage the Tea Party to their advantage: Democrats are using the powerful, amorphous movement to rally their base.

“Those folks have given us a tremendous gift, if not an obvious one,” , a former state senator from Barrington, said Saturday at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s Mid-term Convention in Concord.

She, and party chairman Raymond Buckley, used a broad stroke to lump the in with Free Staters, the John Birch Society, and the Koch Brothers.

The Democrats’ other villain? New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon.

Former Senate Majority Leader , an Exeter Democrat considering running for governor, portrayed the first-term House Speaker as out-of-touch with everyday Granite Staters.

"Bill O'Brien is looking at the ladder that people have used to work their way up to the middle class for decades and he is snapping every rung,” Hassan said in remarks at the convention.

Former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand, who is considering a run for governor, said his party must fight for jobs, worker rights, education, and its core values. He earned some cheers when he said the next governor must avoid what the called a political morass, “and that is The Pledge” to veto a broad-based tax - like a state income or sales tax.

The Democrats’ convention also heard from those running for one of New Hampshire’s two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Joanne Dowdell, a Portsmouth resident running in the 1st District, said she is running for Congress because Washington politicians are making life harder for families in New Hampshire and across the country.

“We can’t slash and burn our way to prosperity,” she said. “Frank Guinta and his cronies in Washington are not getting the job done.”

Andrew Hosmer, a Laconia resident running in the 1st District, bemoaned what he called an assault on the middle class.

“The majority in Congress has been hijacked by the Tea Party express," said Hosmer.

Carol Shea-Porter, the former congresswoman who lost to Guinta in 2010, accused the Republican of doing nothing for the middle class, education, and military men and women.

“They have insulted the middle class,” she said, “and now they’re trying to end the middle class.”

Annie Kuster, a Democrat from Hopkinton, also spoke of protecting the middle class. She seeks a rematch with , the Republican incumbent in the 2nd District. In her remarks Saturday in Concord, she said her priority remains the same: Jobs.

Ray Harcourt September 27, 2011 at 08:44 PM
One thing I learned over the years is that you cannot argue with a liberal using actual facts. They just look right through them and go on with whatever point they are trying to make. Its useless!!
Raymond Whipple September 27, 2011 at 10:01 PM
There are people that are quick to point out the low approval rating of the President (rightfully so) but fail to mention the very low approval rating of Congress. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/congressional_job_approval-903.html That site states that between 8/11 and 9/15 13.5% approve and 83.3% disapprove. Obama's ratings are between 9/9 and 9/26 are 43.2% approval and 50.8 disapproval. Which looks worse?
James October 01, 2011 at 08:59 PM
Did everyone here forget that for Mr. Obama's first two years he had a complete monopoly- House and Senate- Don't blame the Republican Party for those two years- as they really had no say so in it.
James October 01, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Has everyone Forgotten. Mr. Obama had the House and the Senate for two years- What a mess. The Republican party had no say so in the first two years at all. We really can't blame them.
ForThePeople October 03, 2011 at 02:50 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/wait-rick-perrys-hunting-camp-called-145810272.html?nc Oh! Look what we have here… As I said, racism, pure and simple.

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