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New Hampshire Dems: Congressional candidate O'Connor wanted payout to drop out

CONCORD (AP) - The New Hampshire Democratic Party says a congressional candidate has suggested that it pay him to withdraw from his primary race.

Bedford businessman and political newcomer Shawn O'Connor is seeking the Democratic nomination in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, a seat now held by Republican Frank Guinta. He has accused rival Carol Shea-Porter's staff of spreading rumors that he is a perpetrator of domestic violence. Shea-Porter's campaign denies the allegation.

On Monday, an attorney for the state Democratic Party said that O'Connor has threatened to sue the party for defamation based on vague allegations and that he has made "inappropriate and troubling demands" including suggesting that the party pay him to get out of the race.

O'Connor's spokesman did not immediately respond to phone and email messages seeking comment Monday.

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