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.