New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen keynoted the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner by congratulating North Carolina Democrats on their choices for governor and U.S. Senate, and by congratulating the state on being selected for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Shaheen, who is the nation’s first woman to be both a governor and a U.S. senator, thanked North Carolina for sending fellow Democrat Kay Hagan to the U.S. Senate. She also praised Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.
“As a former governor, I understand just how hard it is to be chief executive during times that are bad,” Shaheen said.
“I wish we had so many Democratic elected officials in New Hampshire,” Shaheen said, after thanking North Carolina Democratic legislators at the dinner.
She took a stab at birthers, who question whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States. “We can’t afford to be distracted by conspiracy theories and reality TV stars,” Shaheen said.
She said the work ahead is important, focusing on education.
“It’s time for Republicans to stop the war on teachers,” Shaheen said. “I’m really tired of hearing so many politicians demonize teachers to score political points.”
She said great public schools and innovative charter schools are not mutually exclusive. “Public school teachers must be our partners,” Shaheen said.