Obama Nabs Endorsement of Second NH Congressmember

First, it was Paul Hodes back in July. Now it's New Hampshire's other Democratic Representative, Carol Shea-Porter.

U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter has decided to endorse Barack Obama for President, UnionLeader.com has learned.

The freshman 1st District congresswoman had been considering staying neutral in the primary, but has now decided to get involved.

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Her backing may be a plus for Obama especially among women, who have strongly favored Clinton so far in the New Hampshire Democratic primary race, according to polls.

It seems to me that this endorsement could also pull a lot of weight in a sense not mentioned here by John DiStaso, the Union-Leader columnist who broke this story: Shea-Porter has quite the grassroots organization, which she used last year not only to knock off Republican Congressman Jeb Bradley in a race few thought she could win but also to defeat Democratic state Rep. James Craig, who had quite a bit of institutional backing and, again, who few thought she could defeat. If Shea-Porter puts some or all of the support of her grassroots organization behind Obama, it could be a big deal.

Beyond that, there is a certain symbolism that looks good for Obama in having the support of both Democratic members of Congress from New Hampshire, two who might perhaps be the highest ranking officials in the state to make endorsements this fall (with Governor John Lynch and former Governor-cum-Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen both remaining neutral). Clearly Obama already has momentum in New Hampshire -- and one can't imagine having the backing of both Hodes and now Shea-Porter is going to hurt much.

Tags: Barack Obama, Carol Shea-Porter, Democratic primaries, Endorsements, New Hampshire, New Hampshire primary, Paul Hodes (all tags)

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29 Comments

and don't forget Barbara Lee

it shows you can be on the left end of our party and still love Baracks message. Oprah for the non-partisons and Porter and Lee fot the anti war dems can't do better than that.

by nevadadem 2007-12-10 02:18PM | 0 recs
and don't forget Barbara Lee

it shows you can be on the left end of our party and still love Baracks message. Oprah for the non-partisons and Porter and Lee fot the anti war dems can't do better than that.

by nevadadem 2007-12-10 02:18PM | 0 recs
Re: and don't forget Barbara Lee

Yep, Barbara up in the Oakland area.  The endorsements that will mean something on the ground are starting to come in.

by iamready 2007-12-10 02:27PM | 0 recs
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I hope Shea porter will be doing something for Obama.

I hope this is not just a verbal endorsement like too many endorsements.....She should email her supporters and do a rally and canvass for Obama.

by Prodigy 2007-12-10 02:26PM | 0 recs
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she will.  

by nevadadem 2007-12-10 02:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Nabs Endorsement of Second NH Congressme

Both congresspersons and Gov. Lynch were at the Oprahpalooza event yesterday so I am guessing the rally was pretty convincing.  

by Javier Doval 2007-12-10 02:42PM | 0 recs
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I thought it was awfully interesting that the NH governor said that he was staying neutral but was on the stage at the Oprah event....what does that tell the good folks of NH about who the governor is supporting?

by aiko 2007-12-10 02:50PM | 0 recs
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In fairness, Lynch shows up at lots of events.  I saw him at a McCain townhall.  But this was such a media spectacular that his presence will certainly be more visible to NH voters.

by Javier Doval 2007-12-10 02:53PM | 0 recs
Nothing

It shows nothing.  Governors show up at lots of big rallies for lots of candidates.  They also tend to actually endorse candidates for President in the primary because it helps them if they win.  "Neutral" politicians are rarely named to Cabinet posts.

by NM Ward Chair 2007-12-10 03:51PM | 0 recs
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It seems like we have reached the stage of the campaign where people who like Obama, but hesitated to endorse him for fear he wouldn't be viable, have started to come out of their shells in light of the recent media narrative.  Should keep things interesting.

by Steve M 2007-12-10 02:51PM | 0 recs
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With bated breath.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-12-10 03:13PM | 0 recs
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waiting: its exciting and frightening.

by aiko 2007-12-10 03:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Nabs Endorsement of Second NH Congressme

Link please.

If its a rumor , then shame on you for reporting this garbbage...Unless you have definite proof that it's from the Obama camp , you should keep this stuff to yourself.

Obama is o a surge right now so i doubt he'll want to attack Edwards...Why would you attack when you're surging...That'll be stupid.

by Prodigy 2007-12-10 02:54PM | 0 recs
by BDB 2007-12-10 02:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Here's the Link

"Paid for by Obama for America and Printed In-house."  That pretty much says it all, doesn't it?

by NM Ward Chair 2007-12-10 03:56PM | 0 recs
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Hillary is a known commodity, to people who like her and people who don't. For those who don't, Porter may swing some from Edwards or Biden to Obama, but the endorsement of a one term, quite possibly soon to be unemployed Congresswoman isn't going to dent Hillary one iota.

by ThinkingDem 2007-12-10 02:55PM | 0 recs
Way to

stand for the Democratic Party

snark

by CardBoard 2007-12-10 02:59PM | 0 recs
Unemployed?

The only way Shea-Porter loses is if the Republican Presidential candidate carries that district handily(at least five points).  People who are voting Democratic for President are not going to turn around and vote for a right wing challenger for Congress at the time.

by Toddwell 2007-12-10 03:00PM | 0 recs
I strenously disagree.

Shea-Porter:

a) has a large grassroots organization that will walk through fire for her,

b) much of that organization consists of women, women that Team Clinton has been chasing after,

c) was a Clarkie in 2004, so it's interesting she chose not to go where he's going, and

d) was supposed to stay neutral, so this announcment comes as a huge surprise at just the right time for Obama, and

e) she is going against her campaign chair, Bill Shaheen (Jeanne's husband), who is a very important politico in the state and is a huge part of NH Team Clinton.

I'm a Dodd supporter, but I have to admit - this is huge news in our little state, and it will help Obama.

As for Shea-Porter, I'll be looking forward to her second term in Congress.

by Dean Barker 2007-12-10 03:24PM | 0 recs
Re: I strenously disagree.

Dodd is a good man.  He went to my high school.

Thanks for the info.

by Javier Doval 2007-12-10 03:45PM | 0 recs
Re: I strenously disagree.

of course it will help.

by aiko 2007-12-10 05:37PM | 0 recs
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Just a word about Oprahpalooza.  The media attention started midweek, speculating on her impact.  Her remarks in IA were carried live Saturday on CNN and Fox, and the entire event was on C-Span.  It was then the subject of the nightly news on Sat, Sun, and tonight, and was on the morning shows Sun and today.  There are beautiful pictures of the South Carolina event on the cover of several papers.  There was mention all day on cable including tonight on CNN, Fox, and MSNBC.  All of the coverage was positive.  (anyone have a guesstimate what such coverage is worth in dollars?)

Fox reported from Obama's campaign office in NH and showed tons of young people making calls to the people who showed up at the events.  

This has been an incredibly well planned, organized and managed event.    

by Javier Doval 2007-12-10 03:03PM | 0 recs
All Three Networks

did segments on it again - There must be a pretty large bounce later this week

by CardBoard 2007-12-10 03:16PM | 0 recs
actually I

just watched the clips from all three - and they were just tremendous for Obama.  Any idea that Hillary is the frontrunner is gone Russert Declares?  Rapturess crowds was CBS's line, and 'Bill Clinton is disturbed by the failings of the campaign' - The Clinton camp must be fuming

by CardBoard 2007-12-10 03:19PM | 0 recs
Re: actually I

I hope they now finally stop thinking of Mark Penn as god.

by jgarcia 2007-12-10 03:34PM | 0 recs
Cost to Obama = $0

Value of all that free media = Priceless

by NM Ward Chair 2007-12-10 03:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama

props to the o-team on a good weekend.  it shows today

by SixthElement 2007-12-10 03:07PM | 0 recs
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I wanna party with obama and operah. she is the goddess of tv and called barak "the one" Maybe we can all get a gelatto maker from it. maybe he  is the christ child to make us all get along. I don't wanna be left out of the hollywood party. barak is thin and pretty. I don't blame the congressman. he will be invited to operah's house and given a gelatto machine and meet hally berry and brittany spears.he made the right decision for the land of the tv thin and cool.

by maxstar 2007-12-10 05:09PM | 0 recs
Hold-outs

Carol will not pull all her grassroots supporters to Obama by any means.  There are a number of us who are strong Edwards supporters, and personally I am disappointed.  I worked very hard for Carol because of her policy positions, and was surprised and saddened by the endorsement.  I don't understand the Obama thing at all, but then I am an old lady and more concerned with what my future holds in terms of progressive policies than anything else.  I have tried to find out from local Obama supporters who are activists why they are supporting him, and it sounds more like a personality cult than a thought out position.  

But that is American politics for you.  I am just not interesting in being "brought together" with some of those people.  I want them OUT, period.

by bloomingpol 2007-12-11 01:42AM | 0 recs

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