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  • Paul Steinhauser

Warren to visit N.H. this weekend, headline Feb. Democratic fundraising dinner

Updated: Feb 20, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is surrounded by reporters at the Massachusetts Statehouse last week in Boston. AP

Elizabeth Warren has long been a friend and supporter of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

Now, it appears state party officials are returning the favor by naming the U.S. senator from Massachusetts and all-but-certain presidential candidate as the keynote speaker at its annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, which is one of the two major fundraising events it holds annually.

By headlining the dinner, the progressive champion who last week announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, will have the chance to address up to 1,000 Democratic activists, officials, lawmakers and rainmakers in the first-in-the nation primary state. The dinner is expected to also draw a large contingent of national media, and will be televised live on C-SPAN.

“I would say that’s a coup for her,” said Terry Shumaker, a Manchester-based attorney and Democratic activist who’s been a close friend and adviser to former president Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton for decades.

“Any of the Democratic candidates would have been pleased to have been invited,” Shumaker added.

The dinner will be held on Feb. 22 in Manchester. But Warren won’t wait that long to come to the Granite State. She’s due to visit Saturday, with a public stop at Manchester Community College at 12:45 p.m. and a private appearance later in the day at a house party in Concord.

The 69-year-old senator from Massachusetts hasn’t set foot publicly in New Hampshire since 2016, when she campaigned for now-Sen. Maggie Hassan and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Colin Van Ostern days before the general election. She also made a trip to New Hampshire a few weeks earlier to team up on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton.

Read more on the Concord Monitor