Friday, August 10, 2007

The end of day three...

was certanly better than the beginning.

As noted earlier, the morning's wet weather forced the Dodd campaign to abandon part of its planned agenda. But by afternoon, the sun was out and the campaign was back on track.

US Sen. Chris Dodd had what seemed to be a pretty good meeting in Nashua with half-dozen Democratic activists at Martha's Exchange Restaurant. Health care was the hot item they wanted to talk about, and Dodd gave a quick overview of his proposal for a universal health care program.

But a key participant that Dodd is hoping to sway wasn't that impressed. State Rep. Cindy Rosenwald, chairman of the legislature's Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee, didn't think his plan went far enough.

At the end of the meeting, Dodd made a point of making a personal appeal for her support, looking her in the eye and saying, "I'm asking."

She nodded - but not a nod of agreement.

Afterwards she said she hadn't made up her mind yet because she hadn't had a chance to talk with all the candidates yet.

His forray into Manchester went better. With Dan O'Neil, a 16-year alderman in the city leading the way, Dodd was introduced to a number of people having dinner at the very popular, and quite packed, Puritan Backroom Restaurant. And most seemed pleased to have a chance to meet him. Joined by his wife Jackie, it was a good "retail" politics opportunity, and Dodd seemed to make the most of it.

The evening, however, called for a bit of break - one that Dodd seemed to enjoy quite a bit. With his two daughters in hand, the senator took his two girls, Gracie, 5, and Christina, 2, to a minor baseball game.

He had two priorities for the evening...enjoy some time out with his family...and most importantly, find the Fisher Cat (mascot) so that his girls could see what a Fisher Cat looks like.

Dodd wraps up his four-day visit with stops in Portmouth, Newmarket and Essex tomorrow.


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