Jul 15, 2015 7:38 PM

Landrigan/Steinhauser: Kuster going for third term in US House, not a US Senate bid


CONCORD - US Congresswoman Annie Kuster, D-NH, took herself out of consideration for a US Senate race today, confirming she would seek a third, two-year term in 2016.

Kuster issued a statement on the same day confirming to NH1 News that she had raised $400,000 for her re-election during the past three months. As of June 30, her campaign had $670,000 in the bank.

"Since taking office, I’ve been fighting to make a difference in the lives of Second District New Hampshire residents. From working to increase access to health care and housing for our veterans, to expanding access to education and advanced manufacturing jobs, to hosting a series of job fairs for Granite Staters all across the district, I’m committed to seeing these projects through,’’ Kuster said.

"While I’m flattered and humbled by speculation regarding a Senate run, I’m truly honored to serve the residents of the Second District and I’m excited to continue my work on their behalf.”

The move comes even as Gov. Maggie Hassan continues on her own to mull what she will do next year. Leading Democrats including Kuster have encouraged Hassan to take on Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte.

Hassan says she won’t decide her plans for 2016 until she resolves her dispute with the Republican-led Legislature over the state budget.

Many observers conclude Hassan will likely stay put and go for a third term in the corner office given that she chose to veto the budget over concern that business tax cuts would blow a big hole in future state budgets.

Meanwhile, leading Democrats will have to look elsewhere other than Kuster for an Ayotte opponent if that proves to be the case.

Among other Democrats who might consider opposing Ayotte include ex-Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter or Executive Councilors Colin Van Ostern, D-Concord, and Chris Pappas, D-Manchester.


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