- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 7, 2015

Only in the Granite State, perhaps. Move over “Politics and Eggs,” an event that has attracted big name candidates to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics for two decades. Please welcome “Politics and Pies,” a feisty reply organized by the Concord Republican Committee in the state capital. The inaugural meeting on Sunday afternoon will take place at the Snowshoe Club a few miles outside of town - a rustic, red-shingled cottage founded in 1892 as a manly gathering spot. Their first guest is Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

“Coffee and deliciously made local pies will be served up during this first in the nation primary event,” the organizers advise in an invitation that only went out 72 hours ago. The Crust and Crumb, a local bakery that specializes in apple, “forest berry,” pecan and cream pies will do the edible honors.

“We’ve invited all the major GOP candidates, and we’re already hearing back from them,” Concord GOP chairman Kerry Marsh tells The Washington Times. “The Snow Shoe Club is a unique location - beautiful views. And we have a second event planned for later in the month.”

Should big media show up, they’ll have plenty of visuals. The old clubhouse  boasts knotty pine walls, vintage photos of the glory years and of course, old snow shoes. And the pies, of course.

It is a busy weekend for Mr. Graham, meanwhile. He attended the Iowa Agricultural Summit on Saturday with a dozen other White House candidates. He’ll also return to New Hampshire on March 17 for a “Wild Irish Rose” celebration in Nashua - and he has company. Also in the state that week: Gov. Scott Walker, Sens. Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and George Pataki for an assortment of grassroots appearances. Donald Trump follows a few days later.


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