Ann Kuster would make a strongly principled and compassionate lawmaker

Anyone following the rematch between 2nd Congressional District foes U.S. Rep. Charles Bass, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster knows this is a heated race, in an intensely polarized national political landscape.

At times, this race — which Bass and Kuster previously ran against each other in 2010 — has made headlines more for its squabbles over campaign contributions and borderline-silly attack ads (take the “Dancing Annie” commercials and a Bass fish ad, for example) than the substance of the two candidates’ starkly opposing views on most issues. The personal, and at times petty tone is unfortunate, given that these are two respectable and otherwise serious contenders vying to represent New Hampshire in the halls of Congress.

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