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Shea-Porter, Kuster hush hush on Obama endorsement

September 22, 2010 by ShawnMillerick  
Filed under News & Politics

President Barack Obama endorsed Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Second District hopeful Ann Kuster late last week. But Granite State political observers can be forgiven for having overlooked the fact. That’s because both Democrat candidates have kept hush hush that they are in league with the embattled and increasingly unpopular president.

Politico reports:

Late last week, President Barack Obama endorsed dozens of House Democratic incumbents and candidates across the political map. The news was easy to miss, however, because so few of them sought to publicize their presidential seal of approval.

The endorsements were sent by the president’s campaign arm, Organizing for America, to lists of supporters, urging them to go “door to door” in support of vulnerable House Democrats. While the idea was to gin up enthusiasm for Democratic incumbents and candidates — rather than to generate media attention — many of the beneficiaries chose not to recognize the endorsement at all, avoiding any public reference to it. Some went so far as to make clear that they didn’t seek the endorsement. …

… The roster of Democrats in moderate districts who aren’t promoting their freshly issued Obama endorsements includes incumbents like Reps. Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania and Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire, as well as candidates like Ann McClane Kuster of New Hampshire.

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