Bass endorses Lamontagne

Last modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Congressman Charlie Bass and gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne swapped endorsements yesterday as they praised each other for appealing to independent voters.

Lamontagne, a Manchester lawyer and former chairman of the state board of education, said the seven-term 2nd District congressman "has shown an admirable ability to work with people with different perspectives and attract independent voters."

"Charlie and his family have come to define public service in New Hampshire, serving our state with integrity and distinction for many years," Lamontagne said in a statement. "Charlie is a fiscal conservative who has fought for bedrock New Hampshire principles in Washington of lower taxes, less spending and smaller government."

Lamontagne, a Republican candidate for governor who lost a bid for U.S. Senate in 2010, also accepted Bass's endorsement.

"Charlie and I may not agree on every issue, but we agree on most," he said.

Bass said Lamontagne is a "principled and proven conservative leader, who can unite our party while attracting independent voters this fall."

"These are challenging times, and Ovide's experience and optimistic can-do attitude are exactly what New Hampshire needs right now from its next governor," Bass said in a statement. "I know Ovide and I know that if elected, he will serve New Hampshire with distinction."