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March 29, 2014

In NH, Brown may find a friendly audience

“What’s up? I asked Big Freddy as I settled myself in my side of our booth while he folded his morning newspaper.

“Where?” Freddy asked.

“With what you’ve been reading,” I said.

“I was reading about Scott Brown up in New Hampshire doing a show and tell on the down side of Obamacare,” Freddy said.

“That’s news?” I asked.

“Don’t blame me,” Freddy said.

“They printed it, and while you’re at it, don’t blame them because he’s been up there -- how long now -- playing political footsy over whether he was going to run against Jean Shaheen for her Senate seat or not, which he can’t do on his own without getting the backing it’s going to take.”

“And his chances are what for getting it?” I asked.

“It’s New Hampshire and he’s got a lot of hills to climb. This isn’t a foot race. It also has a lot of women who vote, and an awful lot of them like Jeanne Shaheen.”

“But a lot of those living up there work in Massachusetts,” Freddy said.

“You don’t think so? Go up to Interstate 93 and do a traffic count after four o’clock of those going home on a working day.

“So what?” I asked.

“It’s a safe bet a lot of them were living in Massachusetts before they moved to New Hampshire,” Freddy said.

“Because they wanted to live where the motto is “Live Free or Die?” I asked.

“For more than you think because most want to live where there isn’t a sales or income tax,” Freddy said.

“But they have other kinds of taxes,” I said.

“Not so much as Massachusetts, and they have great roads and highways,” Freddy said.

“And pay as you go on them,” I said.

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