With GOP challengers looming, Kuster adds to her campaign war chest

  • Rep. Annie Kuster AP

For the Monitor
Published: 10/12/2017 8:47:03 PM

Congresswoman Annie Kuster announced Thursday that she raised more than $426,000 during the July-September quarter of the year.

The three-term U.S. representative also reported that she currently has more than $2 million cash on hand for her expected 2018 re-election campaign.

“I’m humbled by the support I’ve received from so many people across New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District,” the Hopkinton Democrat said in a statement provided to the Monitor.

Taking aim at President Donald Trump and the Republicans who control Capitol Hill, Kuster added: “We can’t allow President Trump and congressional Republicans to turn back the clock on the progress we’ve made to support and grow our middle class.”

While Kuster’s third-quarter haul is slightly lower than the $465,000 she brought in during the April-June second quarter, she appears headed toward another successful fundraising cycle.

Kuster brought in more than $3 million in her 2016 re-election. But while she greatly outraised and outspent her GOP challenger, former state representative Jim Lawrence, her five-point election victory was smaller than expected.

So far this cycle, two candidates have announced bids for the GOP nomination in the 2nd district. They are former state House of Representatives Majority Leader Jack Flanagan of Brookline, who’s making his second straight run for Congress, and Dr. Stewart Levenson of Hopkinton, a former regional director at the Veterans Administration and one of the top whistleblowers earlier this year at the Manchester VA facility.

GOP state Rep. Steve Negron of Nashua has taken a major step toward formally running by launching an exploratory committee.

Kuster, who sits on the House Veterans Affairs and Agriculture Committees, was first elected to Congress in 2012. She’s also a co-founder of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force.

In her statement, Kuster added that “Granite Staters aren’t asking for much, they want a fair shot and to be able to raise their children in healthy, safe communities. That’s why I’m committed to expanding economic opportunity for all. I’ll continue to fight on behalf of hardworking Granite State families, work to improve services for our veterans, foster an environment where small businesses can grow and succeed, expand access to affordable healthcare, and address the opioid epidemic impacting so many in New Hampshire.”

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