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Sununu to the Rescue

By Amy Argetsinger
At least one of the collisions between press and pols in primary-crazed Manchester, N.H., had a happy outcome this weekend: Sen. John Sununu came to the aid of a choking Al Hunt with some quick-thinking Heimlich action Friday night.

"John Sununu was fabulous," Hunt told the Trail yesterday.

Hunt, the executive Washington editor for Bloomberg News, was with a group of about 40 political reporters and politicians dining at the Hanover Street Chophouse; the junior senator from New Hampshire was with the group just two seats away. Hunt told us that a piece of chicken "went down the wrong way." He stood up and struck himself, catching the horrified attention of others in the room (including Hunt's wife Judy Woodruff and Bloomberg colleague Margaret Carlson), but in an instant, Sununu walked over, grabbed him from behind and squeezed him around the middle, bringing up the errant morsel.

"I've never had anything happen like that before," Hunt said. "The whole thing took seven seconds. And then I felt great."

Other nerves were rattled, though. Two minutes later, when Hunt stood to give a toast, a woman in the room fainted, apparently flustered by the incident.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 5, 2008; 5:58 PM ET
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