Monday, August 4, 2008

From the Concord Monitor

Lauren Dorgan of the Concord Monitor writes in Capital Beat about Grant's endorsement from GraniteGrok, and how Grant received high praise from an unexpected source.

Grok endorsements

The conservative bloggers at GraniteGrok have endorsed in both congressional primaries.

In the First, they picked Jeb Bradley over John Stephen, which struck us as interesting because Stephen has framed himself as the more conservative candidate.

The endorsement was laden with realpolitik: "While the ultimate decision was made recently, it has been evident to us for quite some time that the person best suited to run as the Republican nominee and able to attract enough votes to beat Carol Shea-Porter is Jeb Bradley."

The other side has noticed, they said, quoting a DailyKos poster who wrote about polling that showed Stephen trailing Shea-Porter while Bradley beats her. The dailykos blogger urged Democrats to take matters into their own hands: "I am thinking that anyone who lives in this district should grab a Republican primary ballot on September 9th and vote for John Stephen, who is almost certainly the weaker candidate."

In the 2nd CD, the Grok guys endorsed Grant Bosse, saying that it's no negative statement about his competitors. "We just feel that Grant epitomizes the philosophy, the work ethic, and the knowledge of the Internet that tomorrow's candidates will need - but he is doing it today!"

Blog star

Bosse also has friends on the liberal blog BlueHampshire. Blogger Dean Barker praised the Granite Grok choice, calling Bosse a hard worker who has placed a real emphasis on issues: "Obviously we're all working hard for Paul Hodes here. But he at least deserves an opponent with whom we can all disagree on issues, which would be something of a novelty these days."

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