From MSNBC.com's Tom Curry
In a breakfast pep talk to Democratic donors this morning at the Brown Palace Hotel here in Denver, New Hampshire Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen said her opponent, first-term Republican Sen. John Sununu was until last week the Senate's most endangered Republican.
"But when Ted Stevens got indicted I think that maybe" put Alaskan Stevens at the top of the endangered list, she noted.
"We're hoping for an indictment against Sununu, but it hasn't happened yet," she told the crowd.
When I asked her as she was exiting the donors' event what she meant by the "hoping for an indictment" comment, Shaheen got flustered and said, "Oh no, I was kidding. So I should probably not have said that. I was just -- trying to be funny."
Sununu defeated Shaheen in 2002.
She said her comment was not intended to be an allusion to the 2002 phone-jamming case in which three Republican operatives were found guilty of violating federal communications law by arranging for the flooding of Democratic and union phone lines -- disrupting Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts and perhaps helping elect Sununu.
Helping make the case for more Democratic money to be poured into the Shaheen-Sununu battle, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D- Minn., in her introduction of Shaheen told the Democratic financiers that "one thing you might not know about this race in New Hampshire -- it is actually in the most expensive media market of any of our targeted races -- you might not think that," but she explained "you need to buy Boston television. And Jeanne is just ripping it up in New Hampshire. Everywhere I go, I hear people talking about her."