Let the Campaigns Begin

June 8, 2006

Dante Scala, associate professor of politics, has been busy reading the political tea leaves for journalists over the past nine days.

When the New Hampshire Democratic convention, held at Saint Anselm College, officially opened the political season June 3, reporters tapped Scala for his take on upcoming national elections. “It’s going to be a real test of (U.S. Rep.) Charlie Bass’s ability to portray himself as an independent-minded politician,” he told the Concord Monitor. “A lot of those centrist moderates in the Second District are likely very unhappy with the Bush administration and the Republican Party.”

And when Sens. John Sununu and Judd Gregg broke with the president by voting against a proposed constitutional amendment barring gay marriage, reporters asked, How will this affect Republicans’ political prospects in New Hampshire?

“I have my doubts as to whether (gay marriage) will get people moving and going to vote the way it did a couple of years ago, and particularly in New Hampshire,” Scala told the Associated Press. “I think Republicans will be judged more on those other issues than on gay marriage this year.”

Scala’s analysis appeared in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Concord Monitor, Salem (Mass.) News and Eagle Tribune (Lawrence, Mass.), as well as on The Boston Globe Web site. The GraniteProf also spoke with the Richmond (Va.) Times Dispatch and the Gannett News Service.

You can hear Scala’s current thinking on the New Hampshire Primary on New Hampshire Public Radio’s the Front Porch, where he appeared Wednesday evening - www.nhpr.org/node/10967.


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