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John DiStaso's Granite Status: National Democratic chair to speak at NHIOP in January; Cataldo backs Kenney for Executive Council
The event is free and open to the public, according to the state Democratic Party.
Wasserman Schutz's new book is entitled "For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation's Problems."
Describing the book recently, she said, "It's not enough to just say that we have to stop governing by crisis and find common ground. We actually need to do it. In writing this book, I sought to identify specific ways in which politicians can work together on key policy issues and move past this constant state of discord."
She will be introduced at the event by state Sen. Donna Soucy, D-Manchester, who has known Wasserman Schultz for about 20 years.
Soucy said the two met at a nonpartisan event for emerging legislative leaders in 1994 and have been friends since.
Wasserman Schultz, who is also a U.S. Representative from Florida, has a second home in Newbury near Lake Sunapee.
(Earlier Granite Status reports follow.)
Cataldo is backing 2008 Republican nominee for governor and former state Sen. Joe Kenney of Wakefield over former Belknap County Commissioner Christopher Boothby and Mark Aldrich of Lebanon.
Although Cataldo is a resident of Farmington, which is in council District 2, he does represent the District 1 communities of Alton and New Durham.
Cataldo said in a statement:
"I have worked with Joe Kenney for many years in the State Legislature and I know the quality of representation that he will give the citizens of Executive Council District 1 when elected. The person who fills that seat needs state experience and Joe has it with eight years in the New Hampshire House and six years in the state Senate, while working on various committees such Transportation, Commerce, Labor and Executive, Departments and Administration."
Last week, state House Republican Leader Gene Chandler endorsed Boothby.
The Republican special election primary is scheduled for Jan. 21, with the general election scheduled for March 11.
The lone Democrat running is Grafton County Commissioner Michael Cryans of Hanover.
(Earlier Granite Status reports follow.)
And that's just fine with businessman Chuck Rolecek, who looks to be heading toward a run for governor.
Rolecek, 57, of Bedford, tells us he has been meeting with "high-ranking people within the party and talking to potential donors and a couple of former governors and business and trade associations, just getting a sense if I have the support, and if they think they could get behind me."
"I don't want to be a lone wolf out there, and I'm flattered by the attention," he said.
Rolecek made his first bid for public office in 2012, when he ran for the District 4 Executive Council seat.
Rolecek said he is considering running because, "As I see things happening in Concord, I think there is a need to get back to some of the things that made New Hampshire great 28 years ago, when I moved here," he said.
Rolecek cited uncertainty on the "health care front" and "some of the highest corporate taxes in the country" as his top concerns.
Overall, he said, "We have to get back to some Republican values."
Rolecek, like Gov. Maggie Hassan, backs expanded gambling, but is no longer chairman of the FixItNow group, which is funded by gambling interests.
GEESH! Twitter was buzzing Friday over a brief "flub" by Brown outside the Londonderry GOP event he attended Thursday night.
A bit of an over-reaction perhaps? These days, even the slightest misstep is "news" in politics."
. The first endorsement of the Republican primary in the District 1 Executive Council race came Friday when former Belknap County Commissioner Christopher Boothby was backed by House Republican Leader Gene Chandler.
. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rubens will head to Washington on Wednesday to speak at a meeting of the Americans for Tax Reform group and meet with ATR head Grover Norquist.
John DiStaso is senior political reporter of the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News. He can be reached at email@example.com and followed on Twitter: @jdistaso.
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