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Letter: Incumbent’s advantage

The Monitor is spot on, in its endorsement of Bob Lamb for state Senate District 2, and for all the right reasons.

Sen. Jeanie Forrester’s voting record is rarely mentioned by her supporters. Mainly voters have heard about her pleasant personality, nice smile and ability to listen, as if those qualities were of the utmost importance in deciding how to vote.

Forrester’s handlers have worked hard to make sure the only time she appeared in public with her opponent was at an event where the audience was controlled by strict, predetermined ground rules like the one I attended last Tuesday night in Meredith. Only card-carrying members of the organization were allowed to ask a question of the candidates. A nonmember had to pay the dues and join the organization right on the spot to speak. Other so-called public events touted by Forrester and her supporters have been house parties requiring permission from the host or Forrester’s website to attend.

The strategy has worked well for Forrester, but it is disastrous for voters who now must go to the polls tomorrow never having had the opportunity to question Forrester in an open public forum about why she voted the way she did on so many controversial issues taking New Hampshire in the wrong direction. This strategic manipulation has given “incumbent’s advantage,” a whole new meaning.

KAY M. ANDERSON

Laconia

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