Trucking and NH Politics.


From August to January I was employed as an Over the Road (OTR) Truck Driver for the Salt Lake City, Utah based Central Refrigerated Service Inc. During this time I literally covered thousands of miles across geography, markets, individuals and what I believe is a direct correlation to New Hampshire politics. This is my story…

So it begins on a warm August morning outside of Atlanta, Ga. in a place called Conley I’m in the process of completing a trucking refresher course and soon I’ll be assigned a trainer for a month of intensive driving and maneuvers throughout the United States. My experience was filled with life-lessons and this day was no different.

“Horsepower gets you rolling, it’s the torque that keeps you going.” said an instructor. Trucks are a complex piece of equipment upwards of 500 horsepower and loaded with sophisticated transmission and braking systems with the capacity to pull in excess of 80,000 pounds across a U.S. transportation system, most of which wasn’t even designed for the trucks that now use it. Driving a truck is a lot harder than it looks. The same thing is true in New Hampshire politics.

Money gets you rolling; it’s the torque that keeps you going.” Money is the entry point for any political candidate, of course, but how many candidates fizzle and fail because they simply cannot manage the torque and the environment around them, namely moving a heavy load from point A to point B. In the last election Bill Binnie and Sean Mahoney are examples of this, lots of horsepower but no real effort to manage it. Former Gov. Craig Benson; lots of horsepower but questions as to whether he was really managing it, after some time I think it was actually managing him. How many State Senate candidates thrive at the horsepower part but then fizzle once they’re elected, with no real progress to show for their presence I think the NH Redbook is loaded with them. Driving a truck is a lot harder than it looks and the same is true in New Hampshire politics.

So I completed the refresher portion of my training and headed out with the trainer, first to Iowa then an 11 hour overnight drive to the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas my training now called for 42 backups of the 53’ foot trailer in a variety of situations. And it wouldn’t take me long to learn that going backward is just as difficult as going forward.

The same is true in New Hampshire politics.

To Be Continued…. 

Next Blog: The Tough Back.