In a presidential election cycle where the local supporters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have made newspaper headlines — for example, the decisions of Steve Grossman and Alan Solomont, often political allies, to line up with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama respectively — the local supporters of other candidates have received less attention. (Also, the decisions of Mayor Menino and Congressman McGovern to come out in support of Clinton.) Larry Rasky has helped generate good backing for Senator Biden, of which I will report more later. John Edwards has also picked up his share of backers, who can help raise funds and, more importantly, provide bodies up in New Hampshire.
Here are some key local personalities backing Edwards: former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, Middlesex County Sheriff John DiPaola, Mayor McGlynn of Medford, Mayor Howard of Malden, Mayor Clancy of Lynn and and Mayor Ambrosino of Revere, and, of course, political consultant extraordinaire Michael Goldman, a one-man publicity band, who can leverage his smarts and relationships and counter larger machines. Edwards has also collected the endorsements of representatives Steven Walsh of Lynn, Michael Costello of Amesbury, John Keenan of Salem and Ron Mariano of Norfolk. It’s helpful, in particular, for Edwards to have the backing of North Shore mayors because of the relative proximity of cities, such as Medford, Revere and Malden to New Hampshire. These are officials who still have a semblance of political organizations to use on behalf of Edwards.
Edwards’ New Hampshire State Director is Beth Leonard, who served as Mayor Menino’s campaign manager in 2005.