Candidates Continue the “Politics & Eggs” Tradition

March 3, 2020

By Alexis Soucy

A unique event series co-hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) and the New England Council, Politics & Eggs gives presidential candidates, elected officials, and political analysts a chance to speak to an audience of business leaders and students over breakfast.

While attendees enjoy scrambled eggs from the buffet, their tables are decorated with wooden eggs documenting the election year. Speakers are expected to sign dozens of the prized wooden eggs as they interact with guests one-by-one at the end of the event.

“It’s the individual voter coming and having a chance not only to ask a question, but ask a follow-up question and have direct contact with these candidates,” Neil Levesque, executive director of the NHIOP, said of the series. “The signing of the egg is a personal way they do that.”

Launched in 1996, Politics & Eggs is deemed a must-stop on the first-in-the-nation campaign trail that draws local and national media attention. Between January 2019 and February 2020, 21 guests participated in the Politics & Eggs series ahead of the New Hampshire primary and over 100 dozen eggs were signed for attendees.

The series hosted the following presidential candidates: U.S. Senators Michael Bennet, Amy Klobuchar, and Bernie Sanders; U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard; former South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Governors Deval Patrick and William Weld; and businesspersons Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer. Vice President Michael Pence also participated on behalf of President Donald Trump.

Candidates who spoke at Politics & Eggs but ended their campaigns before the New Hampshire primary included U.S. Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Kamala Harris; U.S. Representatives Seth Moulton, Tim Ryan, and Eric Swalwell; Governor Steve Bullock; former U.S. Representative John Delaney; and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff and Governor Larry Hogan each headlined a Politics & Eggs breakfast, but did not end up launching presidential campaigns.