Concord, NH - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen filed her paper work for reelection in the Secretary of State's office at the capitol building in Concord on Monday, June 9th. Accompanied by her husband Billy Shaheen and their three daughters, the senior Senator from New Hampshire walked a gauntlet of boosters shouting her name and "Six more years!" as she made her way down the state house corridor to the office of Bill Gardner, the Granite State's overseer of elections. Her trip took her past the governor's office she occupied from 1997 to 2003 and the executive council chamber where she met with the councilors to transact state business.
Jeanne Shaheen walked this corridor often in her six years as New Hampshire's first elected woman governor, and she stopped and greeted and hugged many familiar friends, as did her husband Billy Shaheen, who did his own six years as the Granite Stater's "First Hunk". The corridor was packed with four score or more fans of the first woman to be elected governor and to the U.S. Senate.
The New Hampshire State House is the oldest state capitol building still in use, but the lack of air conditioning did not dent the ardor of Team Shaheen.
A dozen supporters of the Republican contenders for the GOP nomination crashed the party and waved their signs in the background but were blotted out by Shaheen placards sported by her supporters. Most of the dissidents were in the camp of carpetbagger Scott Brown, whose sputtering campaign has lost a great deal of momentum since the revelation of his involvement in an apparent stock scam. One fan waving a sign for Jim Rubens briefly made himself known by standing on a bench before disappearing.
After filing, Senator Shaheen and her hubby Billy retired to a coffee shop across from the State House where they met with supporters and enjoyed some light refreshments.