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A Little Gumption Is All You Need


Dutchess County Barn Associated Press
June 30, 2004

Granny D to take on outsourcing, Iraq war

CONCORD (AP) — Doris Haddock, 94, formally began her campaign for U.S. Senate on Thursday, promising to bring to Washington a message of peace, welfare and justice. “I am the angry grandmother come off my porch to ask young Judd what in the world he is thinking when he supports Bush’s military misadventures, supports the transfer of billions of our tax dollars to billionaires and supports the shipping of our jobs overseas,” Haddock said Thursday in Concord’s Legislative Office Building.

Haddock is running against Republican incumbent Judd Gregg, R-N.H. “Mr. Gregg is a good and likable fellow. As if he were a charming but troubled son-in-law, we do like the fellow but shake our head at what he has done to the precious treasure we have entrusted to him,” she said.

Haddock is better known as “Granny D” and for her cross-country trips as an activist. In 1998, Haddock walked from Pasadena, Calif., to Washington, D.C., to draw attention to campaign finance reform. In 2001, she walked around the Capitol in Washington for one week while lawmakers inside debated the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill.

She entered the race last week, following the abrupt end of state Sen. Burt Cohen’s U.S. Senate campaign. “For those who may doubt my capacity to serve let me assure them that while I may struggle for the right word from time to time, I can yet string my words together somewhat better than even our current President,” she said. “And while I need glasses for reading, I can see clearly the difference between a necessary war and an unnecessary war.”

Besides criticizing the war and special interests, Haddock said the government should help foster local economies and discourage globalization. “If we need a new chair and our neighbor, the woodworker, needs work, what in hell are we doing at Wal-Mart buying a chair made three oceans away?” Haddock said.

Dressed in a black suit, ruffled white blouse and trademark feathered hat, Haddock drew cheers when she vowed to serve only one term if elected. This is Haddock’s first major election attempt. A New Hampshire native, she served on the Dublin planning board in the 1970s and ’80s.

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