YouTube Impacting (Local) New Hampshire Politics
The "YouTubization" of American politics has gone local, and it's doing so in New Hampshire of all places. As if the residents of Manchester, N.H. didn't have enough politicking to worry about already, a city mayoral candidate has attacked his opponent with an online video.
New Hampshire's primary day is Sept. 18 and Manchester Democrats will decide between Tom Donovan, and State Rep. Jane Beaulieu. Donovan has posted a 73-second video on his YouTube channel, criticizing incumbent Republican mayor Frank Guinta for not doing enough to help the city's struggling school district. Guinta made the comments during a recent mayoral debate.
The ad begins with ominous music, and a clip of Guinta from a recent debate. The mayor says he's been focused on lowering city taxes, and fighting crime, and apologizes for not focusing more on city schools. (Watch the ad for yourself below.) The ad later states that three of the city's schools needed improvement at the start of Guinta's term, while now the entire school district is in need of improvement.
Manchester's mayor is also the chairman of the school board, and Donovan has also served on the board, so education is an obvious campaign issue. Guinta's campaign calls the ad a "desperate attack," according to the Manchester Union-Leader.
Rep. Beaulieu tells the Union-Leader she's surprised Donovan would attack the mayor for his comments at the recent debate. She also questions his use of YouTube.
"YouTube? Who watches that? Young people? Those are the people that don't vote," Beaulieu says.
What do you think? Can YouTube make an impact on a local election? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, and watch the ad below.
-- Ed O'Keefe
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