Saturday, August 11, 2007

Retail politicking....

For a second tier presidential candidate, Saturday's stop at the Portmouth Farmer's Market was highly successful. About two dozen residents attended the event specifically to have a chance to see and talk with U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd. And although running a good hour behind schedule, the delay didn't seem to dampen their desire.

"I'm very impressed with his experience and voting record, and I'd like to hear more from him," said Kate Donald, from the William Pond Community Farm in nearby Brentwood.

Dan Carchidi, from Portsmouth but originally from Willimantic - where Dodd was born - wanted an opportunity to talk with the senator about his recently announced education plan.

"I wish the money raising would catch up to him," Carchidi said, "so the rest of the country would know just how good he is."

Dodd spent just over an hour at the market, recieving a warm welcome from people as he strolled past the booths of fresh fruit and vegetables. It was the first of three scheduled stops on the day before he and his family take off for a 10-day visit to Iowa.


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