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Jun 2, 2016 6:05 PM

Kuster files for re-election but says she's staying focused on day job

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Don’t expect to see Congresswoman Annie Kuster in campaign mode until autumn.

The two-term Democratic Rep. in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District told reporters on Thursday that “we’ll be ready in the fall. Right now I’m focused on my job. But my opponents now have a three way primary so we’ll let them do the politicking until September and then we’ll be ready.”

“But we’ve got strong grassroots New Hampshire support,” Kuster added.

And some of that support was on display as the congresswoman walked through a cheering cauldron of supporters as she arrived at the Secretary of State’s office at the State House to file her candidacy for re-election.

With Congress often gridlocked and suffering from extremely low approval ratings, Kuster touted that “I’ve always said the Congress is broken. That’s why I ran to try and make a difference. And the one thing I’m proud about is my approach to bringing people together to get things done. We’ve now got close to 85 members of Congress, both sides aisle, working on my taskforce to stop the opioid and heroin epidemic.”

“What you need to do is try to bring people together,” she added.

But she targeted her GOP opponents, saying “the problem and the last thing we need is more tea party members of Congress, because they’re causing the obstruction, they’re causing the gridlock. And that’s why I’m running for a third term, because we’ve got great work that we’re involved in. Working on the opioid epidemic, working for housing for homeless veterans, working to expand opportunity by opening the community college in Lebanon. All of these projects, they’re so worthwhile.”

State Rep. Jack Flanagan of Brookline, one of the three candidates running for the Republican nomination, filed his candidacy on Wednesday. The former state House majority leader touted his experience in government.

Read: Flanagan touts experience

Next week former state representative from Hudson and Air Force Veteran Jim Lawrence will file at the State House. The other Republican candidate in the race is 26-year old Casey Newell of Deerfield.

Read: Lawrence jumps into race for Congress

Congresswoman Annie Kuster, surrounded by supporters, as she arrives at the Secretary of State's office to file for re-election, on June 2, 2016

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