November 28th, 2007
09:33 AM ET
11 years ago

Clinton wins surprise endorsement - but will it matter?

Clinton was endorsed by Susan Lynch, wife of the New Hampshire governor, earlier this week.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) – The effects of the surprise decision by Susan Lynch, wife of New Hampshire's popular Democratic Gov. John Lynch, to endorse Hillary Clinton are still being debated here in the
Granite State.

Some analysts have dismissed the impact of the nod, since the governor himself is remaining pointedly neutral. "It's more symbolic than anything else," Dante Scala, an associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, told the Concord Monitor Tuesday.

"The governor's endorsement, I think, is the only one that really matters in and of itself."

But others point out that Susan Lynch, a practicing pediatrician, represents an affluent white female voting bloc that will be a major factor in primary voting – while her decision to frame her support for the New York senator in terms of health care policy gives Clinton a credibility boost on that important issue.

"As a mother and as a pediatrician, I share Hillary Clinton's commitment to fighting for children and families," said Lynch, in the release announcing her support. "We face big challenges, and I believe Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to deliver the changes we need."

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • New Hampshire
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. C. K. Justus WI

    I think it will make a great difference, not only is she the governor's wife, but she is a doctor.
    Clinton believes we should have universal health care and to doctors in her corner will make a difference.
    It shows that not only the general public wants universal health care, but that there are doctors see the need.

    November 28, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. aj huntington ny

    A Democrat endorsing a Democrat. Yes, that's surprising

    November 28, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Dave, NY, NY

    Gotta love that fake smile from the Governor's wife. She is so obviously not thrilled to be standing by the clown with the painted on smile

    November 28, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Yolanda, SC

    yes so she may not be Oprah ( Oprah seems who is having a sexual identity crisis these days as she wants to use women againts women beacuse of her support for Barack Husein Obama ) but susan lynch is a real regular woman in real america who is fighting for regular women and their real problems – so it matters to regular people

    November 28, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. MD, des moines, iowa

    This first lady of New Hampshire is a highly educated and informed person in health care and family. Her endorsement esaily beats Oprah who knows little outside entertainment.

    It seems Obama surrounds himself with feather-weight people.

    November 28, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. James, Los Angelas CA

    Oh, Good! Someone she doesn't have to plant.

    November 28, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    This lady will do anything to Win.

    November 28, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Sorry, I can't look at Senator Clinton and NOT be reminded of the Mayor of Oakey Oaks in the animated movie, Chicken Little.

    She's SO scripted and SO "on message," it's almost as if she has someone feeding her cue cards 24-7.

    I don't think I'd have such a problem with candidate Clinton if she'd just come out and say what she believes and what she stands for IN PLAIN ENGLISH (and NOT in Clintonian English).

    Senator Clinton will talk the hell out of every question asked of her, but after two or three minutes of her response, you realize her lips have been moving and sound has been coming out, but she hasn't said ANYTHING. At the end of her response, you'll still have no idea where she stands on issues, or what she intends to do if elected to the presidency.

    As a Conservative, I think Representative Kucinich's ideas and beliefs are off-the-reservation UNHINGED. But even despite my disagreement with his beliefs, I still respect the man for at least HAVING beliefs and having the courage to publicly STAND PROUD of his beliefs.

    If ANYONE can tell me where the good Senator stands on ANY issue (other than "Bush is dumb" and "I aint's no wheres near tahred..."), I'd be amazed.

    November 28, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    I remember clearly during the first democratic debate, she came out and said we democrats should not attack each other, rather they should reserve their fire for the Republicans. She was up about 20-30 point ahead at the time. Now she is attacking everything, which confirms her weakness, which is that she is a very calculating person, who has no core belief.

    November 28, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Christine NJ

    The endorsement by Susan Lynch to Sen. Hillary Clinton, as a pediatrician, from her soft voice of speaking, I feel it is really true and deeply represent of her heart, Hillary Clinton is the best candidate, she concerns health care for American citizen.

    November 28, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. JJ Jax, FL

    Answer the question of the headline of this story? Sure. In a simple word, NO.

    November 28, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. tired of corruption lv

    Thank goodness I don't have to take my child to this doctor. Obviously, Dr. Lynch doesn't put much store into integrity, judgement, clarity, or honesty.

    November 28, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Anonymous - San Antonio - Texas

    Yeah another endorsement. She doesn't sound scripted. Look at Obama put on some glasses and suspenders and you get steve urkel.

    November 28, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. tired of corruption LV

    Does the good doctor or any of Clinton's supporters think it strange that nothing was accomplished during Clinton's claim of fighting for 35 years for healthcare. I would be ashamed of that record.

    She can accomplish nothing because she cannot pull people together and she cannot hurt her big contributors – the lobbyists.

    November 28, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. charles,s.c

    and this is news because?

    November 28, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. localjim, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

    The photo is scary.
    I dont see the appeal for her one bit what so ever. I dont trust her. The republicans not only dont trust her but dispise her as well. They are going to waste the next 4 years trying to bring her down. She will have accomplished nothing in her 4 years in office other than end the iraq war which any of the next candidates would do. Only to have her name in the history books for doing it. Please America for the love of God lets not go down this path with her.
    Obama '08

    November 28, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    No it will not.

    November 28, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Eric, SI, NY

    For the politically misinformed of course the endorsement of Hillary by the governor's wife matters. It is a strong signal that the governor supports her too but is staying neutral since he does not want to get involved in determining the outcome of the race. Also, I think New Hampshire voters will respect their First Lady's advice which comes with years of living in the state rather than a celebrity who just drops in for the day for another candidate.

    November 28, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. anon New York, NY

    I'm not sure how much star power a state "first lady" has.

    Here in New York, I don't think most people even know the name of Elliot Spitzer's wife.

    November 28, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. ss,chicago,Illinois

    Clinton has the most endorsements from respected leaders in the democratic party.This shows that these leaders trust her judgement and experience to be a great president. I believe most democrats will support her because she is the most qualified candidate.

    November 28, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Franky, NY NY

    Maybe the governor's wife of a key primary state won't matter significantly, but it doesn't hurt. Had Mrs. Lynch come out in support of Edwards or Obama, I've NO doubt their supporters would have been staging Macy-like parades about it...then it would have "mattered"...?

    Go Hil!

    November 28, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Joseph, San Francisco

    Hillary is scripted because in today's toxic political environment, she has to be. She doesn't give her critics any material.


    November 28, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. AJ, IL

    Wow! Hillary gets endorsed by Susan Lynch. Who? Susan Lynch? Who? Susan Lynch? Who? Susan Lynch? Who? Susan Lynch? Who? Susan Lynch? Who? Susan Lynch? Who? Susan Lynch? Who? Susan Lynch?

    I just heard that Hillary got endorsed by Barbara Streisand. Who? Barbara Streisand? Who? Barbara Streisand.Who? Barbara Streisand....Oooo I remember her from the 70s.

    You get the point!

    Obama in '08!

    November 28, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Bryan, CA

    I believe that anyone who endorses Hillary Clinton is promised something in return. Perhaps a cabinet position is in her future...

    November 28, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Michael Columbus, IN

    Yawn. The only endorsement that matters are the votes by the people.

    Endorse away. Only morons will care.

    Vote because you believe in someone or support someone, not because some talking head – or Chuck Norris – said to.

    November 28, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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