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Leading by example.

Unfortunately for Governor Lynch, the book, "How to Win Friends and Influence Democrats," has yet to be written, because he's slowly uningratiating himself to party activists, and even some of those who are just paying attention.

In recent weeks, the governor has poked a finger in the eyes of those Democrats with some rather overconfident maneuvers. To wit:

* The appointment of former GOP Congressman--and potential gubernatorial candidate?--Charlie Bass to his global warming task force.

* Allowing Senate Minority Leader Bob Clegg, who's running for the Republican nomination in the 2nd C.D., to sign on as a sponsor to the governor's vaunted North Country tax credit proposal before Senate Majority Leader Joe Foster.

* Appointing Tom Burack, a past contributor to Charlie Bass's campaign as well as to the Republican State Committee, to head the Department of Environmental Services.

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Add to that a host of GOP nominees to lesser posts and commissions--not that there's anything wrong with that--and you get the picture. Especially when put in the context of the governor's behavior during the 2006 election, when he proudly displayed a lawn sign for Republican Peter Spaulding's failed Executive Council re-election bid at his Hopkinton home and his warm--and we mean warm--welcome last fall to John McCain during an appearance by the governor at a McCain campaign rally.
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Title Annotation:Flotsam & Jetsam
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Date:Mar 14, 2008
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