Former House Speaker O'Brien Inches Closer To Congressional Run

Mar 28, 2013

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Representative Bill O’Brien says he will file paperwork next week to launch a campaign committee in advance of a possible run for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District.

The Mont Vernon Republican says polling he’s done shows widespread dissatisfaction with freshman Democrat Ann McLane Kuster. From overspending in Washington to late payment of her own property taxes in Hopkinton, O'Brien says, "Ann McLane Kuster doesn't get it."

O’Brien says voters in the district are unhappy with Kuster’s positions on taxes and the Federal deficit, and are already seeking change.

"I don’t think people are looking at solutions from a point of view of Republicans or Democrats, or liberal or conservative. They are just looking for solutions that will work."

In his one term as Speaker, O’Brien pushed to make New Hampshire a right-to-work state, fought to tighten restrictions on abortion, and loosen restrictions on guns.

O’Brien’s announcement elicited a quick response from New Hampshire Democrats. In a statement, Party Chair Ray Buckley says, "It’s hard to imagine anyone less capable of representing the interests of New Hampshire families and taxpayers in Washington."

Other Republicans said to be considering runs are Former State Senator Gary Lambert and conservative activist Karen Testerman.