Speed Reads

2014 midterms

Dead politician criticizes Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in GOP op-ed

New Hampshire Republicans argue in an op-ed published Monday that voters should reject Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) because they "do not need another Democrat in Washington." The problem: Shaheen is already in Washington.

"Does this record make you want to send Jeanne Shaheen to the Senate," the op-ed, published in the Foster's Daily Democrat, continues.

So what explains the puzzling language? Written by former New Hampshire House Speaker Marshall Cobleigh, the op-ed is a reprint originally published in 2008. And as Bloomberg's David Weigel pointed out, it was never updated because it could not be updated: Cobleigh died in 2009.

So even though the op-ed focuses primarily on outdated energy statistics, the New Hampshire GOP submitted it for republication in response "to statements [Shaheen] made during a recent debate with challenger Scott Brown," according to the Democrat. Here's how the state party explained the posthumous attack. --Jon Terbush