Breaking: Hodes (D) will run for NH-Sen in 2010
by Nathan Empsall, Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 06:18:37 AM EST
From the Manchester Union Leader:
Democratic U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes will announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate "within the week," a source close to Hodes told UnionLeader.com this morning shortly before Judd Gregg's nomination as commerce secretary became official.
The developments surrounding that surprising appointment by President Obama "has speed up his timeline and he will make an formal announcement within the week," the source said.
"We are working on the necessary paperwork," the source said. "We were not expecting this."
Aside from Governor Lynch, Hodes of Concord - my Congressman, no less - is probably the biggest name in the NH Democratic Party today. The state's other representative, Carol Shea-Porter of Manchester, isn't quite as well funded, and her House seat is much more vulnerable. Though she has mulled a Senate run, I doubt we'll see it happen. Other names, like former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand, might jump into the primary, but my guess is that Hodes will ultimately be our nominee. This is good news - I'm a fan of Marchand, but I know Hodes, and he's a good guy and a hard-working progressive.
It will be interesting to see who runs for his House seat, which Republicans have held for 88 of the past 95 years but is now trending Democratic.