New Hampshire's starting to feel like a second home. I've just wrapped up my 8th trip to the Granite State, and it was a whirlwind.
The trip began last Tuesday with a visit to the University of New Hampshire in Durham to see my friend, actor, activist and former Air Force Captain Reichen Lehmkuhl speak in honor of National Coming Out Week. I was definitely impressed with Reichen's remarks, including his discussion about how difficult it was leading a double life under Don't Ask, Don't Tell. He was as fed up with President Obama as I am. Lots of promises to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but zero action.
My time at University of New Hampshire continued again on Thursday, when I spoke at the UNH College Republicans meeting over the lunch hour in the Memorial Union Building - the MUB. About 30 College Republicans got to see my new commercial, "Good Morning New Hampshire" CLICK HERE , and the excellent support video made by Real World DC star Mike Manning CLICK HERE TO SEE MIKE and me. This event was set up by our brand new and extraordinary UNH Campus Coordinator, Patrick Stephens.
All in all, I received an enthusiastic welcome from this very bright group of CR's.
The UNH CR's at their meeting in the MUB. I am the guy in the tie.
Later that day, I travelled to Hanover for a speech sponsored by the hallowed Dartmouth Political Union. I talked about my three decades of campaign experience, and why I have been spending so much time in New Hampshire the past 8 months. Dartmouth's Political Union meets in Rockefeller Hall, and has hosted some of the giants in politics when they have been to campus.
Posing on The Green at Dartmouth and giving away some blue frisbees. The Ultimate Frisbee team (on right) can't wait for their first game with Fred Frisbees!
I was honored to be speaking in Rockefeller Hall, named for Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller, whose 1964 presidential campaign was my first foray into politics.
Friday brought an early morning radio interview on the Dan Mitchell Show, "Open Mic" on WKBK, the number one talk radio show in Keene, NH. Then later in the day, I was the first guest on host Susan MacNeil's television show, "Speak Up" on Cheshire TV. The amazing Susan MacNeil is the Executive Director of the AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region. Keene is the home of my 1st Town Hall meeting back in April. Good luck with your new show, Susan!
Here I am with Susan on her 1st show!
Next was the famous Keene Pumpkin Festival (the world's largest?), a visit that made clear Fall -- and change -- are in the air in New Hampshire.
Nothing quite like the Keene, New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival on Community Night. Tens of thousands of jack-o-lanterns; possible new world record!
I am in Washington DC this week. Yesterday I was at the Republican Jewish Coalition Leadership Meeting all day, and lots more planned.