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GOP Chicken Charges Dropped in New Hampshire

Shaheen is seeking re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Photo)

New Hampshire's most famous Republican chicken is free.  

Charges have been dropped against 23-year old Michael Zona, the Granite State's Republican party said Monday. Zona was arrested for disorderly conduct at a parade in Londonderry, N.H., after allegedly harassing two prominent state Democrats, Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.  

In November, Shaheen will likely face former Sen. Scott P. Brown, R-Mass., who is expected to win his Tuesday primary.  

Republicans have used the chicken to criticize Shaheen for not holding open town hall meetings. But the arrest of the young man in the chicken costume served as a leading — and the most entertaining — local news story during a Roll Call on the Road visit to New Hampshire  in August.  

"Michael was exercising his First Amendment right to express his point of view and highlight Jeanne Shaheen's unwillingness to defend her record of voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time at open town hall meetings," state GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn said in a statement. "We are extremely pleased with this decision and look forward to Michael's continued contributions to our party."  

The Senate race is rated Democrat Favored by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.  

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