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Like A Hurricane: My New Hampshire Marathon

August 31, 2011Posted in Blog, Gov. Gary Johnson, New Hampshire, News, Small Government, YouTube

The nine-day campaign “marathon” is complete. I’m in New York now, resting up and preparing for a full day of media appearances tomorrow. Here’s a quick recap of the past week’s events:

Tuesday morning we left the north country and arrived in Concord, where I spoke at a meeting of the Concord Rotary Club.  As Meg Heckman reported in the Monitor, while in Concord I also visited Castro’s Back Room and met with State House Speaker William O’Brien. The day concluded with a visit to Miles Smith Farm, where I met some interesting animals and “made some hay.”

This is Missy, a highland cow

Making hay while the sun shines

Wednesday morning began with a trip to Newmarket for breakfast at the Big Bean Cafe. I had a great conversation with these two young men over eggs and coffee, and they say they are very enthusiastic about my campaign.

With two young men who really care about the future of our country

After that it was on to WTSN studio in Dover for an hour on the “Open Mic Show” with Mike Pomp.

Some very interesting calls came in on WTSN's "Open Mic Show"

The final event of the day was our first “Get to Know Gary Johnson” town hall in Derry, where I spoke and answered questions for a full 90 minutes. The Eagle-Tribune carried the story.

Thursday, after recording an episode of NH Capitol Access with Denis Goddard and Lydia Harman, I hosted my second “Get to Know Gary Johnson” town hall, this time in Concord. As Dan Tuohy reported for, I discussed, among other topics, my recent experience with the “Constitution-free zones” known as airports.

Friday morning I had the pleasure of addressing the Greater Salem Rotary Club. As Jake O’Donnell reported for, my ideas were well-received. Next I was off to Wolfe’s Neck State Park in Freeport, Maine, where I was featured speaker at the annual Calvin Coolidge Clambake hosted by the Maine Republican Liberty Caucus.

Saturday I spoke in downtown Jaffrey at the Live Free or Die Rally.

Speaking in downtown Jaffrey at the Live Free or Die Rally

Next I went to Claremont to speak at the Claremont Tea Party, and then, with Hurricane Irene coming our way, I settled in at Lena’s Lodge in Rindge for a BBQ graciously hosted by Richard and Jackie Feldman.

Raindrops and wind made it necessary to cancel the “lit-drop” planned for Sunday, so this ended up being an 8-day marathon rather than a 9-day marathon. It was a long week, but I feel great about all that was accomplished. I have now visited New Hampshire fifteen times in the last 18 months, and I feel that my campaign is about to show some major progress in the Granite State!


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