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Mar 17, 2017 4:15 PM

Sanborn tells NH1 News he's 'being encouraged' to run for Congress


CONCORD – In his first public comments regarding a possible run for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, state Sen. Andy Sanborn said “I’m being encouraged at a level that I’ve never seen to consider stepping up for a run for the CD-1.”

The conservative lawmaker from Bedford made the news Friday on the latest edition of NH1 Newsmakers.

But the four-term state senator quickly added that “right now I’m really focusing all my efforts on what’s happening in the state Senate.”

“I have a number of bills that are very, very, important to me and even more important to the constituency bases that I represent,” Sanborn continued. “That’s really where I’m focusing on today and we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

Earlier this month NH1 News reported that Sanborn, while on a trip to Washington, met with officials from the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The NRCC, the campaign arm of U.S. House Republicans, is targeting Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter in the 2018 midterm elections. The Democrat from Rochester is now serving her fourth term representing the 1st CD, which is one of the most high-profile and highly watched swing congressional districts in the country.

NH1 News also confirmed that Sanborn was accompanied by veteran Granite State Republican strategist Ethan Zorfas, a former chief of staff and a top political adviser to Congressman Frank Guinta, who Shea-Porter narrowly defeated last November to reclaim her old seat. Zorfas also served as deputy national political director for the 2106 presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Friday afternoon Sanborn criticized Shea-Porter on Twitter, as he re-tweeted a tweet from the NRCC.

Four-term state Rep. John Burt of Goffstown last month publicly said he’s considering a bid for the GOP nomination in the 1st CD. And former state liquor commission enforcement and licensing director and South Hampton Police Chief Eddie Edwards is also mulling a run.

Former gubernatorial and congressional candidate John Stevens, who also served as the state’s commissioner of Health and Human Services for five years, told WMUR’s John DiStaso earlier this week that he’s being strongly encouraged to launch a campaign.

State Sens. Andy Sanborn of Bedford and Donna Soucy of Manchester debate on NH Newsmakers on March 17, 2017

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