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A foolish choice

Foster’s Daily Democrat


July 30, 2010

The Paul Hodes for Senate campaign is refusing to confirm or deny it is behind what is being called a push poll, something illegal under New Hampshire law.

That said, all roads seem to be leading back to Hodes.

Hodes' stance of not commenting on the campaign's polling work does his candidacy no favors.

"Our polls are lawful and conducted for statistical purposes only ... We don't comment on the specific timing or content of any market research we conduct," said a Hodes' spokesman in an e-mail.

If it turns out he had nothing to do with the polls, he will still have mud on his face for letting the accusations stand for so long.

If, on the other hand, he is found responsible, Hodes will have to fend off calls from even fellow Democrats that he step down for the good of the party.

Why Hodes would put himself in such a box is puzzling and foolish.