Dean of the Senate, long-time Republican activist says he’s the right choice in 1st CD race

(Manchester)  One of New Hampshire’s leading conservative Republicans has announced her support of Rich Ashooh for Congress. Thirteen-term state Senator Sheila Roberge said today that she is proud to back her fellow Manchester native in the GOP primary on September 14th: 

      “I’m proud to endorse Rich to be the next Congressman from our First District. He has the fiscal discipline we need so desperately now as well as the ability to stand up to those who don’t.  Rich also embodies New Hampshire values that are in short supply in Washington these days.  I am convinced he will make a real difference in Congress.”

      “I’ve known Rich since he was ten years old when he volunteered for the Dave Banks for Congress campaign in 1974. He was so enthusiastic and totally enamored with the political process.  He made a quite an impression on me back then so you can imagine just how delighted I am to see that all these years later he is now aspiring to public service.  He’s running for all the right reasons and he has my whole-hearted support.”

      Sen. Roberge is a conservative Republican who has served District Nine for the past twenty-six years, earning her the distinction of being Dean of the Senate – the title bestowed on the longest serving senator.  She announced her retirement just this past May after thirteen terms.   Prior to running for office, Roberge served on the staffs of the late Gov. Meldrim Thomson and former U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey. In 1980 and 1984, Roberge played a leading role in the state presidential campaigns for Ronald Reagan. She also served on the Republican National Committee from 1980-88.

     Commenting on the endorsement, Ashooh said, “The plain fact is, Sheila’s example of public service and conservative leadership are largely responsible for my own desire to take an active role in politics.  As a youth, my early exposure to politic campaigns was through Sheila, and she was a profound inspiration to me.”