Flanagan gets support in bid to unseat Kuster

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

State Rep. Jack Flanagan, a Brookline Republican, has announced endorsements from 50 former and current state representatives in his bid for U.S. Congress.

Every person on the list released Wednesday is a Republican. It included two from Merrimack County: Rep. Neal Kurk of Weare and Rep. Werner Horn of Franklin.

“I am humbled by the overwhelming support of my colleagues in the House,” Flanagan said in a press release. “Together, we fought for a legislative agenda that made New Hampshire a better place to live, work and do business. Now we are taking that fight to Washington.”

Flanagan is serving his third term in the State House. He was appointed majority leader in 2014, but stepped down from that position in the fall to explore a run for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, which covers the western half of the state and includes the cities of Concord and Nashua.

He officially announced his candidacy in March. At the time, he said he would try to appeal to Democrats as well as Republicans.

“Since the district leans Democratic, it’s going to be hard to walk that line,” Flanagan said. “I think most people who are legislators here know I’m fiscally conservative but I guess a little socially moderate.”

Flanagan will compete in a primary in September; former state representatives Jim Lawrence from Hudson and Casey Newell of Deerfield have also filed to run for that seat. One of them will take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, a Democrat in her second term.

Megan Doyle