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3:32 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Former State Senator Lambert Announces Bid For 2nd District Seat

Gary Lambert speaks with veterans at the VFW in Hudson on Wednesday.
Gary Lambert speaks with veterans at the VFW in Hudson on Wednesday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Republican Gary Lambert announced his candidacy for the 2nd District U.S. Congress seat today.

Making his announcement at the VFW in Hudson, Lambert blasted the Affordable Care Act and pledged to vote to repeal it if elected.

He also took aim at his potential challenger in next year’s election, first-term Democrat Ann McLane Kuster, saying she is part of the problem.

“People want us to get down there and fix Washington D.C. It’s dysfunctional. There’s no leadership. And I’ve spent 34 years in the Marine Corps taught to be a leader and trained as a leader. I want to bring that leadership to Washington D.C.”

Lambert served one term as a state Senator in a district in Nashua that was traditionally a Democratic stronghold.

He stepped down last year, saying he was returning to active duty.

The announcement comes two weeks after former House Speaker and Republican Bill O’Brien dropped his bid for the 2nd District seat, following a lackluster fundraising effort.