Politics: Nashua house parties

When you hear or read a reference to a “house party,” what visions enter your head?

For some Americans, this undoubtedly brings to mind thoughts of college students chugging beer and eating pizza. Others may think of children gathering to celebrate a friend’s birthday with cake and ice cream.

In New Hampshire, however, the idea of a “house party” can be quite different. In the state widely acclaimed for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, there is some tradition in inviting candidates to one’s home to allow them to present their positions. In slightly more than a week, two such events took place in Nashua:

• On Feb. 18, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, spoke at the Nashua home of New Hampshire state Sen. Cindy Rosenwald; and

• On Sunday, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., spoke at the Nashua home of former state Sen. Bette Lasky.

“People want to see you, meet you, shake your hand, look you in the eye and understand where your heart is,” Booker told our reporter of his meeting.

“We’re going to win this race, and we’re going to do it the right way – the New Hampshire way,” Klobuchar said during her session.

We hope other presidential hopefuls will be so open and accessible to New Hampshire voters, as we look forward to reporting on more “house parties” for the next year, or so, in the lead-up to the 2020 primary.