Saturday, December 16, 2006

Guide helps Richardson in New Hampshire

From the Albuquerque Tribune

An experienced political guide is leading Gov. Bill Richardson on a 14-stop tour of New Hampshire this weekend as Richardson considers whether to run for president in 2008.

Dick Bouley, 68, has been greeting Democratic presidential candidates to that key primary state since he told John F. Kennedy in 1960 that he planned to be a teacher. He has worked for several, including Jimmy Carter, Bruce Babbitt, Tom Harkin and Dick Gephardt.

"If he (Richardson) runs for president, I'd be very interested," said Bouley, now a Concord, N.H., lobbyist. "He's got the best résumé and he has tremendous experience."

Bouley is the kind of activist Richardson will need to enlist in key primary and caucus states if he runs, especially in New Hampshire with its emphasis on hand-to-hand campaigning.

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