Eating ice cream seems to come with the territory of campaigning in New Hampshire — but with nine ice cream socials scheduled across the state this month, gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan is going all out. The Hassan campaign has three socials down, six to go, scooping a total of about 1000 scoops of ice cream to about 450 people. That adds up to about $1,665 of ice cream, two-thirds of which will be paid for by Puritan Ice Cream in Manchester.
Let’s hope nobody on Hassan’s staff is lactose-intolerant.
While Hassan is putting all her money on the persuasive powers of ice-cream, the other candidates are betting on other strategies, too. Ovide LaMontagne is focusing on family-friendly events at farms and libraries, Kevin Smith is hopping from restaurant to restaurant with a series of “meet and greets,” while Jackie Cilley seems to prefer to campaign out-of-doors, with lots of picnics, cook-outs, and a Latino festival. That’s not to say you can’t get ice cream with Kevin Smith and Rudy Guliani today in Kingston, or a scoop with Jackie Cilley at the Old Town Hall in Bow, later tonight.
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