DatechGuy at the Red Summit at St. Anselm College Photos & Interviews

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DatechGuy at the Red Summit at St. Anselm College Photos & Interviews

[cap­tion id=“attachment_101565” align=“aligncenter” width=“800”] Photo via M Rogers Gran­ite Grok[/caption]

On Sat­ur­day I went to St. Anselm’s Insti­tute for Pol­i­tics to cover the 2017 Red Summit.

It was an inter­est­ing affair in sev­eral ways, not the least being that my wife accom­pa­nied me to the event (a very rare thing indeed). The event fea­tured a plethora of speaker dis­cussing top­ics from can­vas­ing, to midterm elec­tions to how the Trump cam­paign used twit­ter to lead the media.

I tweeted a fair amount of what I saw on the RED­Sum­mit hastag but here are some quick notes from what I saw.

Gov­er­nor Sununu talked spoke about the state’s low­est poverty rate in the nation with 73% and said it was about keep­ing it local but reminded every­one that the GOP can’t become com­pla­cent stat­ing that if you have the house, sen­ate and the gov­er­nors office you have to move the ball for­ward (a les­son that DC should learn).

His far­ther the pre­vi­ous Gov­er­nor Sununu talked about the neces­sity of GOP gov­er­nance to get growth but notes that the real secret of NH is it’s model of self gov­er­nance. A large leg­is­la­ture that has to be re-​elected every two years is forced to keep close to the peo­ple, as he put it: “In the other 49 states that have no idea that we can gov­ern ourselves.”

The Next Speaker was David Car­ney who gave a long pre­sen­ta­tion about win­ning elec­tions is about know­ing your dis­trict and keep­ing in touch with the issues locally vs nation­ally say­ing there’s: “Not a damn thing you can do about the NFL play­ers but you can do some­thing about the opi­oid cri­sis. He main­tained that par­ti­san­ship was “fools gold”.

One of his best points was how small local races have a top up effect for an entire ticket. I’ve always main­tained that it was the lack of local races that allowed Scott Brown to win in 2010 I spoke to him after his speech:

There were fur­ther pre­sen­ta­tion of things from soft­ware to iden­tify vot­ers while can­vas­ing to how to build up a rela­tion­ship with local media and an amus­ing pre­sen­ta­tion on how the Trump Cam­paign com­pletely trolls the media with his tweets that fea­tured a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the clas­sic 1949 Bugs Bunny car­toon “Long Haired Hare” to make the point

it brought the house down.

I was not the only attendee from out of state, I talked to Harold from Rhode Island:

and Beth Lind­strom of Mass­a­chu­setts run­ning in the GOP pri­mary to chal­lenge Eliz­a­beth Warren

The head­liner from the Event was Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign man­ager Corey Lewandowski. His speech was a call to arms a con­grat­u­la­tion for NH get­ting the Trump Train rolling and a slap in the face to the assem­bled crowd. He pointed out how so many had dis­missed Pres­i­dent Trump’s can­di­dacy as a stunt.

He pulled no punches says the GOP failed them in con­gress, empha­siz­ing that Trump had to get both the Wall and Tax reform in order to win re-​election. At the same time he stressed the dis­as­ter that Demo­c­rat Con­trol of the House or Sen­ate would mean for the agenda.

He was blunt is say­ing that we needed a national voter ID law and stated an opin­ion I shared that Trump had won NH and it had been stolen.

He had noth­ing but dis­tain for the entrenched polit­i­cal class in gov­ern­ment, cheered the Pres­i­dent for his state­ments on the NFL and hit the play­ers for dis­re­spect­ing the flag and reminded folks that the idea of Amer­ica first was a foreign con­cept to the last administration.

When his speech was done he was mobbed by well wishes and those who wanted a photo with him. He com­mented dur­ing his speech on how he would lose many friends by sup­port­ing Trump but as a per­son with the president’s ear it’s amaz­ing how many new friends he has discovered.

It was impos­si­ble to get an inter­view in the hall so after get­ting per­mis­sion from his wife (who is a delight­ful and patient woman) Corey agreed to a walk­ing inter­view as he headed to his car

That was a good inter­view but I think the most impor­tant one of the day longterm was with Fred Douchette. I had inter­viewed him at the first in the nation sum­mit and then again at the Trump event in Derry where is was a co chair of the Trump cam­paign in NH. Given that he was on the Trump train way before the rest of us his per­spec­tive is par­tic­u­larly important.

Given how he and other saw this com­ing before every­one else I sim­ply can’t under­stand why you don’t see more of them on national shows.

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Photo via M Rogers Granite Grok

On Saturday I went to St. Anselm’s Institute for Politics to cover the 2017 Red Summit.

It was an interesting affair in several ways, not the least being that my wife accompanied me to the event (a very rare thing indeed). The event featured a plethora of speaker discussing topics from canvasing, to midterm elections to how the Trump campaign used twitter to lead the media.

I tweeted a fair amount of what I saw on the REDSummit hastag but here are some quick notes from what I saw.

Governor Sununu talked spoke about the state’s lowest poverty rate in the nation with 73% and said it was about keeping it local but reminded everyone that the GOP can’t become complacent stating that if you have the house, senate and the governors office you have to move the ball forward (a lesson that DC should learn).

His farther the previous Governor Sununu talked about the necessity of GOP governance to get growth but notes that the real secret of NH is it’s model of self governance. A large legislature that has to be re-elected every two years is forced to keep close to the people, as he put it: “In the other 49 states that have no idea that we can govern ourselves.”

The Next Speaker was David Carney who gave a long presentation about winning elections is about knowing your district and keeping in touch with the issues locally vs nationally saying there’s: “Not a damn thing you can do about the NFL players but you can do something about the opioid crisis. He maintained that partisanship was “fools gold”.

One of his best points was how small local races have a top up effect for an entire ticket. I’ve always maintained that it was the lack of local races that allowed Scott Brown to win in 2010 I spoke to him after his speech:

There were further presentation of things from software to identify voters while canvasing to how to build up a relationship with local media and an amusing presentation on how the Trump Campaign completely trolls the media with his tweets that featured a modified version of the classic 1949 Bugs Bunny cartoon “Long Haired Hare” to make the point

it brought the house down.

I was not the only attendee from out of state, I talked to Harold from Rhode Island:

and Beth Lindstrom of Massachusetts running in the GOP primary to challenge Elizabeth Warren

The headliner from the Event was Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. His speech was a call to arms a congratulation for NH getting the Trump Train rolling and a slap in the face to the assembled crowd. He pointed out how so many had dismissed President Trump’s candidacy as a stunt.

He pulled no punches says the GOP failed them in congress, emphasizing that Trump had to get both the Wall and Tax reform in order to win re-election. At the same time he stressed the disaster that Democrat Control of the House or Senate would mean for the agenda.

He was blunt is saying that we needed a national voter ID law and stated an opinion I shared that Trump had won NH and it had been stolen.

He had nothing but distain for the entrenched political class in government, cheered the President for his statements on the NFL and hit the players for disrespecting the flag and reminded folks that the idea of America first was a foreign concept to the last administration.

When his speech was done he was mobbed by well wishes and those who wanted a photo with him. He commented during his speech on how he would lose many friends by supporting Trump but as a person with the president’s ear it’s amazing how many new friends he has discovered.

It was impossible to get an interview in the hall so after getting permission from his wife (who is a delightful and patient woman) Corey agreed to a walking interview as he headed to his car

That was a good interview but I think the most important one of the day longterm was with Fred Douchette. I had interviewed him at the first in the nation summit and then again at the Trump event in Derry where is was a co chair of the Trump campaign in NH. Given that he was on the Trump train way before the rest of us his perspective is particularly important.

Given how he and other saw this coming before everyone else I simply can’t understand why you don’t see more of them on national shows.

The photo gallery follows my TipJar pitch


Interviews like this are what comes of going places yourself and being there and are made possible by your support.

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