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Nov 2, 2014 9:28 AM

Paul Steinhauser: Stephanie Schriock rallies Democrats in NH

NH1 Political Director - NH1.com

PORTSMOUTH - Stephanie Schriock was firing up the troops.

"Time is ticking away, so I'm not going to talk too long. We gotta get you guys out and about to the doors," Schriock said.

On the Saturday before Election Day, the president of Emily's List, a national group that works to elect and re-elect female Democratic candidates, was speaking to party supporters and activists.

"It's all about getting our folks to the polls. We know they're out there. We know they're with us. But we also know that lives are difficult" Schriock added. "When you have kids at home and two jobs, and you're just trying to make it to the end of the day, and you gotta squeeze in one more thing and that one more thing is to vote, it can be hard. But here's the thing, we can help."

Schriock was in New Hampshire to help the state's female governor and all-female congressional delegation, who all face re-election on Tuesday.

At a local Democratic party office in Portsmouth she was praised by Gov. Maggie Hassan and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.

Later in the day Schriock teamed up with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Annie Kuster.

"New Hampshire should be so proud of the amazing women they have leading the state," she said in an interview with NH1.

Schriock's a rock star among Democratic party officials and activists.

Before taking over as head of Emily's List in 2010, she managed two of the closest Senate races in recent years: Jon Tester's 2006 victory in her native Montana, and Al Franken's 2008 overtime win in Minnesota.

But on this day, she was living in the moment.

"This weekend is about getting on the ground, boots out the doors, it's about making phone calls, it's about making sure that women voters are getting to the polls," Schriock said.

Besides her pep talk, Schriock said Emily's List has "staff on the ground who are actually helping organize and insuring that we have more and more volunteers . We also have an independent expenditure by the name of "Women Vote" about educating women voters to the clear contrast between particularly Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and former Sen. Scott Brown. And we really feel that once the women voters in New Hampshire have the information they need, it is going to be a clear answer and the answer is going to be Jeanne Shaheen and the Democratic ticket."

Shaheen's locked in a close contest with Brown, as is Shea-Porter with her GOP challenger, former Rep. Frank Guinta.

Schriock shared her affection for the Granite State.

"I always love being here New Hampshire. I've got a whole journey around the state. Of course I grew up in Montana, so I feel like everything's really close here, which is sort of nice. But the truth is we're going to hit all the stops we can and maybe even a few along the way," she said, adding that "the stakes are high here in New Hampshire and what happens here reverberates across the nation," she said.

Schriock will attend Sunday's Shaheen-Hassan rally in Nashua, which will be headlined by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is likely to make another bid for the White House.

Schriock's name keeps coming up as a strong candidate to manage a probable Clinton 2016 presidential campaign.

But Schriock didn't want to look much past 2014.

Asked about the next race for the White House, Schriock told NH1 that "at Emily's List, we're in it for the long haul. We're about electing Democratic women up and down the ticket , year after year and we believe 2016 is great opportunity to continue that women's leadership. And if Secretary Clinton decides to take this on, we'll be excited to join her in that endeavor and have an historic year in 2016."

Like any good coach, she ended comments to the party activists and supporters on a high, proclaiming that, "We need you. I'm so appreciative. So let's go win this thing."


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