Responding to a Globe inquiry, the leader of the effort to write-in Al Gore's name to the Democratic primary ballot says the organization is being terminated and may endorse another candidate.
Farrell S. Seiler, the chair of Draft Gore New Hampshire, said that the organization may endorse a candidate based on "who most closely shares the values and global vision" of Gore in tonight's debate.
The organization claims to have 2,000 members.
The Draft Gore organization in New Hampshire so far has not persuaded Al Gore to become a candidate for president, but the group isn't giving up.
The period to put a candidate's name on the New Hampshire primary ballot has passed and Gore's name will not appear on it. But the group is using its website, DraftGoreNH.com, to organize names and collect money for the effort.
A spokeswoman for former Vice President Al Gore said there are no plans for him to come to the Granite State this month despite a report last month that he and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger were going to hold an event somewhere in the state on climate change.
Gore spokeswoman Kalee D. Kreider wrote in an e-mail "there is not a global warming event planned with Mr. Gore in NH in December" to Primary Source assistant Brian Lawson.
You can read Lawson's blog here.
A New Hampshire based "Draft Gore" group claims to have 1,000 signatures from New Hampshire voters who want Al Gore to enter the presidential race.
Draft Gore New Hampshire, based in Littleton, said in a press release that organizers have collected the names in a petition drive at picnics, campaign events, fairs, and parades this summer. They plan to continue the effort this fall.
"The results of our petition drive indicate that there is a strong undercurrent of support for Al Gore in New Hampshire which is not reflected accurately in polls or in the opinions of visiting out-of-state media pundits," according to Farrell Seiler, statewide coordinator of the organization.
Nevertheless, Gore has repeatedly said he is not interested in running and has made no public moves suggesting to the contrary.
Two Democratic New Hampshire State Representatives from Nashua will man a “Draft Al Gore” table at tomorrow’s state Democratic convention in Concord.
Every presidential candidate or a high-level surrogate will address the convention, one of the more high profile events put on by the party each year.FULL ENTRY
A small group, including a former adviser to Al Gore, met for lunch this week to discuss how they could get the former Vice President elected president.
The group casually met at the office of progressive business consultant Christopher Mackin in Cambridge on Wednesday, where they tried to figure out the best way to get Gore into the race.
"We all want Gore to run, but I wouldn't make too much out of our meeting," said Mackin.
John Pitkin, a demographer and blogger, said, "We discussed a wide range of options including different ways we could draft him into the race."
For example, Pitkin said, they could decide to put his name on the New Hampshire primary ballot and run a campaign without him or, more likely, create an online draft movement similar to how supporters of Wesley Clark urged him to get in the presidential race in 2003.
Among those at the meeting was Elaine Kamarck, a lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a former senior policy advisor on Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.
A report this morning that New Hampshire state Senator Lou D'Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat, had talked to former Vice President Al Gore had many in New Hampshire's political community talking, but it appears there isn't much to it.
D'Allesandro said he called Gore on Sunday to simply congratulate him on his nominations for the Nobel Prize and an Oscar for his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth".
"He was very, very good to me when he was Vice President and I consider him a friend," D'Allesandro told the Globe.
D'Allesandro said there was no conversation about a Gore presidential run.
"It never came up," he said.
In 2004, D'Allesandro supported John Edwards for president and while he hasn't committed to Edwards for a second run, he said he most likely will eventually.