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The newest campaign sideshow: People dressed as animals

The biggest newsmaker in New Hampshire politics right now isn’t any elected official or candidate. It’s a guy in a chicken suit.

Last week, New Hampshire’s only network news affiliate, WMUR, showed up in Loudon, N.H., to cover Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announcing millions of dollars in new grants for farmers, which could help some New Hampshire businesses.

Shaheen, who is locked in a tight race with Republican Scott Brown, surely hoped the photo-op with Vilsack would be a newsmaking event to help her re-election campaign.

But a chicken mascot, which belongs to the New Hampshire Republican Party, was also making its return to the campaign trail, a few days after a junior staffer wearing the suit at an event with Shaheen was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

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