NH House Dems in Alabama to Campaign for Doug Jones

Dec 12, 2017

A handful of New Hampshire House Democrats are in Alabama for the much-talked about special U.S. Senate election between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.

Democratic House Minority Leader Steve Shurtleff.
Credit Paige Sutherland/NHPR

House Minority Leader Steve Shurtleff says he organized the trip a few months ago, after Moore won the Republican primary for the Senate seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions, now Attorney General.

 

Moore - a retired judge - has faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenagers, allegations that have brought national attention to the Alabama Senate race. But Shurtleff says he was inspired to campaign against Moore before that news broke.

 

"You know you read about his record as a member of the court, twice being thrown off the court for violating Supreme Court orders, especially on same sex marriage and other issues," Shurtleff said. So, he decided, "this is a time to make a stand."

 

Shurtleff and six other New Hampshire House Democrats flew south to Alabama this week to campaign for Jones. This was Shurtleff's first time working on a campaign outside of New Hampshire.

 

The group met up at the Jones campaign headquarters in Birmingham and have been knocking on doors in the surrounding neighborhoods, reminding people to vote.