ARLINGTON, VA– U.S. Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign today announced that former Sheriff Steve Hodges, former Sheriff Walter Morse, former state Representative Allen MacNeil, and small business owner Luc Cote have joined the Arizona Senator’s team and will serve as chairmen of the sportsmen coalition in New Hampshire.

Steve Hodges, a former Belknap County sheriff, is also a former New Hampshire Fish and Game Commissioner.

“John McCain has consistently worked to secure the rights of gun owners and strengthen law enforcement,” said Hodges. “I am honored to help build his effort in New Hampshire.”

Prior to his tenure as sheriff of Hillsborough County, Walter Morse was a thirty-one year veteran of the New Hampshire State Police. He is currently the vice chair of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission and the owner of Morse Sporting Goods in Hillsboro.

“As an avid hunter and former sheriff, I look for the candidate that understands the idea that with great freedoms come great responsibilities, which is why I am supporting Senator John McCain,” said Morse.

Allen MacNeil, a former New Hampshire state Representative and chairman of the House Fish and Game Committee,is vice chair of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Public Water Access AdvisoryBoard and a lifelong hunter with over forty-five years experience as an instructor of hunter education.

“I know John McCain to be a strong defender of the Second Amendment, which is why I have decided to work on his behalf,” said MacNeil.

Luc Cote is the owner of L.L. Cote Sports Center in Errol, New Hampshire.

“This country needs a leader committed to protecting the rights of sportsmen and John McCain is just that man,” said Cote.

Senator John McCain expressed his appreciation of their support. “I stand with NewHampshire sportsmen in placing a high value on natural resource stewardship and our constitutional right to bear arms,” said Senator McCain. “I look forward to counsel from these individuals as we move forward in New Hampshire.”