Oct 28, 2014 8:17 AM
Kevin Landrigan: Jeanne Shaheen goes after North Country vote
BERLIN - Coos County has the fewest number of registered voters of the 10 counties in the state but US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., came here eight days before her tight election fight to appeal for support.
For Shaheen to beat Scott Brown, she must run up the score among two key groups - seniors and unionized workers.
Shaheen meets both in great supply in Berlin, the struggling North Country city that holds a special place for her.
"As governor and senator I have tried to create economic development opportunities for this part of the state and will continue to,'' Shaheen said.
As governor and senator, Shaheen played a major role in creating state and federal prisons along with a state park.
With eight days to the vote, Shaheen brings a sense of urgency even as she toured Berlin's historic downtown firehouse.
But she can't come across as an incumbent in panic mode.
"This is a very close election. I need your help and I ask for your vote," Shaheen declared.
At the Berlin Senior Center locals peppered her with questions about Social Security and Medicare. Later, she admitted failing to highlight her split with Brown on entitlement reform.
Shaheen acccused Brown while representing the Senate from Massachusetts of supporting a Republican-backed budget that would have required deep cuts in Medicare and Social Security.
"There hasn't been much attention to this issue. It's a big difference between me and my opponent,"' Shaheen said.
Shaheen has one more debate on Thursday night at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on WMUR-TV o draw that difference.
In every election over 22 years this region has delivered for Democrat Jeanne Shaheen so she was back in Berlin to ask for another vote of confidence.
There was a packed house at the Berlin Senior Center for Shaheen but she quipped the crowd likely came for the roast ham at lunch rather than to see her.