Bass says he won’t challenge Shaheen for Senate seat in 2014
Charlie Bass; Friday, October 19, 2012.
(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor file)
Former congressman Charlie Bass will not run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in 2014, he announced this morning.
“Though I am confident that a strong Republican nominee will defeat Democrat Jeanne Shaheen next year, my current personal and professional responsibilities preclude my candidacy,” Bass said in a statement. “I sincerely thank all who have called, emailed or encouraged me in person to run.”
Bass, a Peterborough Republican who served seven terms in the U.S. House, added that the “decision does not mean that I am retiring from politics” and that he “will always work to support the principles of smaller government, less spending, lower taxes, free enterprise to create good jobs and a strong economy.”
GOP leaders urged Bass to run after state Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley announced two months ago that he wouldn’t challenge Shaheen.
Bass’s decision means former state senator Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman are the only two major Republican candidates in the race. Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown has hinted at a possible run, but has made no definite statements one way or the other.
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