|Nashua, NH; August 2009- The U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) hosted an event with Congressman Paul Hodes (D-NH), candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010. Hodes, an Obama confidante due to being the National Co-Chair of Obama's Presidential Campaign, is well known for his support of the Indian American community.
Immediately after the November 26 attacks on Mumbai, Hodes said, "I appreciate the support that USINPAC has given me and other leaders around the country. The information and detailed analysis they have provided has kept me aware of issues that affect Indian Americans in New Hampshire and all across America. I congratulate USINPAC and its leadership for engaging the Indian American community in our electoral process. The United States and India represent the world's oldest and largest democracies, and I am pleased to work with Indian Americans to make sure their voices continue to be heard.
I look forward to continuing to work with Indian Americans to build a better, stronger, and more prosperous country for us all".
Soon after, Hodes co-sponsored a Congressional Resolution condemning the attacks which received significant coverage in the international media.
"Paul Hodes has been a champion of the Indian American community ever since his election to Congress in 2006," said Latha Mangipudi, Chairman of USINPAC-NH. "US Senators play an important role in foreign policy, including confirming Ambassadors and ratifying treaties with foreign countries. The leadership of Paul Hodes after the Mumbai terror attacks and the leading role he played in Congress's response demonstrate that Paul Hodes would make a terrific U.S. Senator."
In attendance at the event were several Indian Americans from New Hampshire. The event was held at the home of Latha Mangipudi. Mangipudi's home has become a required stop for candidates ever since she became chair in 2006, USINPAC-NH has met numerous Presidential and local candidates campaigning in New Hampshire including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator John McCain, Governor Mitt Romney, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani.