A 15-minute whistle stop at the small but storied Red Arrow Diner in Manchester was the first chance for Governor-Election Maggie Hassan to field questions about her specific plans, once sworn in as the 81st governor of New Hampshire.
On the morning after a contentious campaign cycle came to a close, Hassan was asked about her Republican opponent, Ovide Lamontagne, and his sense that he was "demonized" by campaign ads; the state's brand new First-in-the-Nation status, for electing the country's first all-female congressional delegation; and she spoke about rising to what she she believes citizens want, which is a return to New Hampshire's "bi-partisan and non-partisan politics."
Among those who showed up to congratulate Hassan Wednesday was Carolyn Weir, of Hampstead, who exchanged a long hug and a few words with Hassan outside the diner.
Weir said she and her husband, Andrew, recognized Hassan's leadership qualities years ago.
"We heard her speak, shortly after she lost her bid for the Senate, and she was just so thoughtful. My husband turned to me, back then, and said, 'She will be governor someday.' When she announced she was running, we asked what we could do to help," said Weir.
Not only did the couple devote themselves to doing the leg work, knocking on doors and talking to neighbors, Andrew Weir established the Hampstead Democratic Committee two years ago.
"It's time to move forward, and that's what Maggie will do for New Hampshire," Weir said.