Nov 7, 2014 4:44 PM

Kevin Landrigan: Shaheen does humble victory dance in her hometown

Jeanne Shaheen made her first, post-election campaign stop Friday where her long career began that took her from lowly volunteer to senior strategist and on to become governor and finally a seat in the US Senate.

Harvey's Bakery is a fixture in the rough and tumble city of Dover where politics is a contact sport.
Shaheen needed all that seasoning and much more to hold off Republican Scott Brown and win a second, six-year term Tuesday.

"We always knew this was going to be a tough race,'' Shaheen said. ``We planned on it and clearly that was important because we were prepared."

Across the country, change was in the air and it was deadly nerve gas for Democrats but not for Shaheen.

But she got the message.

"I think what I heard loud and clear from people is they want a change in Washington, they want us to work together, they want an end to gridlock and that's what I am committed to doing,'' Shaheen said.

Shew called this one a "sweet win'' and credited her extensive network of family and friends chief among them her husband, Billy, truly an equal political partner who she always turns to first for advice.

Promoting energy efficiency and helping give families relief from crushing student loan debt are two areas Shaheen believes there can be compromise on Capitol Hill.

Shaheen said she's looking forward to meeting with Democratic colleagues to plot their strategy for dealing with life now that they are no longer in the majority.

She said it's too early to say whether longtime Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the right Democrat to continue leading the Democrats now that they are in the role of the loyal opposition under Republican control.


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