Mar 28, 2016 12:17 PM

Steinhauser: Sources tell NH1 News Ashooh to announce for Congress next week

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Expect Rich Ashooh to make it official early next week.

The Republican businessman from Bedford will formally announce his primary challenge to Rep. Frank Guinta in the state’s 1st Congressional District, sources told NH1 News on Monday.

This will be the second bid for the seat by Ashooh. He ran in 2010, losing to Guinta. He’s been mulling another run for the Congress for months.

Ashooh was a top executive with BAE Systems and most recently served as interim executive director of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire Law School. He completed his term at the Rudman Center earlier this month.

Ashooh will join state Rep. Pam Tucker in launching primary challenge to Guinta. Portsmouth businessman Dan Innis suddenly halted his bid for the seat on Friday afternoon.

Guinta’s in a much weaker political position as he runs for re-election, as he tries to get past a campaign contribution controversy from last spring and summer. The departure of Innis from the race would appear to benefit Ashooh.

Former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea Porter, who Guinta defeated in 2014, is running for the Democratic nomination, as is Bedford businessman Shawn O’Connor.

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