Apr 25, 2016 12:03 PM

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

NH1.com

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.

--  Dealing with the Disease of Addiction? Click here for help --

»Comments

More from NH1.com

NH1 News Replay
   

NH1 on Twitter

NH1 SkyView Cameras

NH1 on Facebook

Check out NH1 News Rail Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome