Most influential players in the New Hampshire primary
The Boston Globe
The firefighters union, including union president David Lang, has earned a reputation as the most respected, often bipartisan, and hardest-working union in the state for its candidate. In 2004, it stuck by John Kerry (left) in his dog days and helped lift him out of a slump by hosting one firehouse chili feed at a time. A recent meeting of firefighters in Portsmouth drew every presidential candidate except Barack Obama, who appeared over video and blamed his staff for the faux pas.
N.H. firefighters
The firefighters union, including union president David Lang, has earned a reputation as the most respected, often bipartisan, and hardest-working union in the state for its candidate. In 2004, it stuck by John Kerry (left) in his dog days and helped lift him out of a slump by hosting one firehouse chili feed at a time. A recent meeting of firefighters in Portsmouth drew every presidential candidate except Barack Obama, who appeared over video and blamed his staff for the faux pas.