NASHUA — As Jennifer Horn likes to say, the future has never looked brighter.
Or it least it seems that way for the candidate, who had a new spring to her step Monday night as she touted her recent successes to the women of the Nashua GOP.
“Jennifer Horn for Congress is winning,” she told them.
For the Republican candidate who was trounced in the 2008 general election by current Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes, the news that she took the lead in a recent unofficial straw poll must have felt good. (Read the full story here.)
And the candidate presented a correspondingly upbeat message to her core group of supporters, many of whom have known her for years.
“When I stand up here and tell you that we’re winning, it’s because we’re winning,” she told the women. “But we’ve got to reach out to tens of thousands more.”
Horn spoke to the Nashua Area Federation of Republican Women at their July meeting. The group of self-proclaimed conservative women meets on the second Monday of each month. The members span a range of ages, and about 30 enjoyed dinner in the air-conditioned Crowne Plaza Hotel to escape the heat.
A copy of Laura Bush‘s memoir was up for auction next to the podium, and a meat tenderizer was used in place of a gavel.
“We are in this for the right reasons,” Horn told the women (and some men) in attendance. “And when I say we, I mean everyone in this room.”
Horn, who has lagged behind the Democrats and her Republican counterpart Charlie Bass in fundraising — but has not yet released her second quarter totals — told supporters that it isn’t the money raised that matters. But she was equally quick to ask for donations.
“If you read the political writers, all they write about is money raised. Right now, it’s about raising votes.”
What happens on September 14 is still anyone’s guess, but it seems Horn will have the votes of the women she spoke to Monday night.