While on the stump, John Lynch, the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful, has taken to telling voters an anecdote from four years ago.

When he was being interviewed for a spot on the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees, he was asked what was the last book he had read. His answer — “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” – is being cast as an attempt to show himself as a family man and regular Joe, or John, as the case may be.

So what’s the last book he read four years later? According to Lynch spokesperson Pam Walsh, it wasn’t Jim Lichtman’s “What Do You Stand For? Stories About Principles That Matter.” It was “The Da Vinci Code.”

Sounds suspiciously politically correct to us – another popular best seller, written this time by a New Hampshire resident of all things.

“No,” said Walsh. “He really did read it.”

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