New Hampshire vs. The Party?
Update: John DiStaso reports in the New Hampshire Union Leader today that the top election official in the state is prepared to move the 2008 presidential primary date to ensure the Granite State's first-in-the-nation status.
Secretary of State William Gardner cites the New Hampshire law that empowers him to schedule the primary a week before any "similar election," adding: "The law doesn't define 'similar election' and gives us total freedom. And I'm going to interpret that as meaning it is our responsibility to maintain the tradition that we've had all these years."
Gardner's verbal threat comes less than two weeks before the Commission on Presidential Nomination Timing and Scheduling will meet for the final time in Washington, D.C. Members of the commission seem to be in favor of adding two or three caucuses between Iowa and New Hampshire, which, they argue, would technically preserve New Hampshire's status as the first in the nation primary. Gardner doesn't appear willing to play ball, however.
The Fix's Chris Cillizza teamed up with The Post's Dan Balz to write a longer piece on New Hampshire Democrats' efforts to maintain their first-in-the-nation presidential primary status.
Read the story here: "For N.H. Democrats, Timing Is Everything."
November 30, 2005; 9:36 AM ET
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