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NH's red-spotted newt wants to meet suited Newt

January 6, 2012
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MANCHESTER, N.H.—New Hampshire's state amphibian -- the Spotted Newt -- has a few words for the suited one.

The red-spotted critter -- also the official mascot of New Hampshire Magazine -- is planning to drop by the Newt Gingrich for President campaign headquarters in Manchester on Friday.

Magazine editor Rick Broussard said in a news release the newt wants to discuss the campaign's "casual and reckless appropriation" of the newt's own identity as one of the "cutest and most humble of New Hampshire's state symbols."

The newt, who likes to be called "Spot," notes that Gingrich's New Hampshire website and headquarters are named Newt Hampshire. The newt also says the campaign featured a contest called "Spot the Newt" where office visitors were invited to search for a hidden newt toy.

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