Granite State Political Roundup
Hillary Clinton (D) Senator, New York
Born: 10/26/1947
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Home: Chappaqua, NY
Religion: Methodist
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House Majority Leader Mary Jane Wallner and District 5 Executive Councilor Debora Pignatelli both announced this week they are endorsing Sen. Hillary Clinton for president.

Wallner, from Concord, is serving her 14th term in the New Hampshire House.

The Clinton campaign expanded its roster of New Hampshire campaign staff this week. Sarah Nolan will serve as political director, Sarah Foy will be the director of online organizing and Colin Pio will fill the position of political assistant.

Nolan previously served as the finance director for Gov. John Lynch's 2006 re-election effort and was an organizer during the 2004 presidential campaign. She has also managed a motel in Rye and worked in real estate. Foy, a 2001 Dartmouth graduate, previously worked for the Democratic National Committee and was an Internet consultant with Sen. John Kerry's Political Action Committee: Keeping America's Promise. Political assistant Colin Pio is a senior at St. Anselm College and previously worked on Lynch's re-election campaign.

One thousand state Democrats will be dining with Clinton Saturday night at the party's annual 100 Club Dinner at the Sheraton in Nashua. Earlier this week, the New Hampshire Democratic Party office announced the event is sold out.

Campaign staffs

Representatives Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., and Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Sanford Cloud, Jr., and former Tennessee Sen. James Sasser have been named Sen. Chris Dodd's national campaign co-chairs.

Becerra, who serves as assistant to the Speaker of the House, has represented the Los Angeles area since 1992. He serves on the Ways and Means Committee, where he is the first Latino in the post. DeLauro, who represents the New Haven area of Connecticut, is the former chief of staff to Dodd. James Sasser is a former senator who later engineered passage of President Bill Clinton's first budget.

Cloud was the president and CEO of National Conference for Community and Justice from 1994 until 2004.

Rep. Maureen Mooney has been named chairwoman of conservative outreach for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign. Elected to the state House at age 27, Mooney has also served as a delegate to the state convention four times.


A Suffolk University student poll shows that the race for the state Democratic nomination is tightening. The survey of 500 Republican, Democratic and independent voters in New Hampshire revealed that perceived front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton is two points ahead of Sen. Barack Obama.

In the Republican race, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has a 10-point lead over McCain. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came in a distant third.

When it came to Democrats and Republicans going head-to-head, more people said they would vote for Obama if he ran against Romney.

When it came to Obama versus McCain or Giuliani, it was a tie. The poll also showed that if the election was held today, Clinton would lose to McCain and Giuliani, but would beat Romney.

"Clinton's unfavorability ratings are negatively affecting her competitiveness against the top Republican candidates," said Suffolk government professor David Paleologos who oversaw the student project.

State visits

Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo will be on the Seacoast today.

At 10 a.m., he will make an appearance at the Gateway Restaurant on Route 108 in Somersworth and at 11:30 a.m. he will hold a press conference at the Bank of America on South Maine Street in Rochester.

At 2 p.m., Tancredo will meet with the Seacoast Republican Women's Club at the Hampton Meadows Clubhouse in Hampton.

On Monday, Tancredo will officially open his Manchester campaign headquarters, located on Commercial Street.

David Bonior, campaign manager for the John Edwards for president campaign, is hoping the outrage over Ann Coulter's homophobic comments will bring in the campaign dollars.

In an e-mail sent to supporters, Bonior announced they needed help raising $100,000 in "Coulter Cash" this week "to show every would-be Republican mouthpiece that their bigoted attacks will not intimidate this campaign."

"John was singled out for a personal attack because the Republican establishment knows he poses the greatest threat to their power," he continued.