Dan Innis talks 1-on-1 with NH1 News last October in Portsmouth

Mar 25, 2016 4:33 PM

Steinhauser: Innis unexpectantly ends bid for Congress

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Dan Innis Friday suddenly ended his bid for the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, the Portsmouth businessman said “after long discussions with Doug, my children, and my staff, I have made the difficult decision to suspend my campaign for Congress.”

“Between my time commitment to the University of New Hampshire, my business interests, and most importantly, my family, I do not have the time necessary to dedicate myself to a full time campaign. While I will no longer be running for Congress, I will continue to be active in the New Hampshire GOP and I will work to insure that all voices in our party are heard,” Innis added. “Thank you for supporting my campaign. Your encouragement has been humbling and I am grateful.”

In an email to supporters Innis said that “this is not a decision that was easy to make.”

But he added that “I am not stepping away from politics by any means.”

Innis is a professor at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. He’s also involved with a bunch of businesses with his husband Doug Palardy.

Last October Innis announced a second bid for the GOP nomination in the 1st district. He narrowly lost in 2014 to GOP Rep. Frank Guinta.

In an interview with NH1 News at the time, Innis vowed that “you’ll see a very different race this time. You’ll see a candidate that’s a little bit different. And you’ll certainly see a campaign that’s run a little bit differently. I think I’ll be much more effective this time and much more efficient.”

Guinta’s in a much weaker political position this time around, as he tries to get past a campaign contribution controversy from last spring and summer.

Last month state Rep. Pam Tucker of Greeland jumped into the race for the GOP nomination. And businessman Rich Ashooh, a 2010 congressional candidate who this month finished up his interim position as executive director of the Warren B. Rudman Center at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, is seriously considering a primary challenge as well and is expected to soon announce his bid.

Former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea Porter, who Guinta defeated in 2014, and Bedford businessman Shawn O'Connor are the two Democrats in the race.

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