From former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, via email:
I am running for the United States House of Representatives. During my two terms serving the good people of New Hampshire’s First District, I always worked for what I call the bottom 99% of Americans, and I never forgot that public office is a public trust.
I was honored to pass legislation to help active duty soldiers and veterans, families, working men and women, senior citizens, and students. I am running again because I believe we must keep America the land of opportunity and fairness for your children and mine. …
Our current Congress is passing legislation that will hurt average Americans, and they are bowing to special interests instead of focusing on job creation and good government. My dad, who was born and died a Republican, never forgot the power of good government to transform lives. He served our country in WWII, and then our country thanked him with the GI bill for college so his children were raised in the middle class. He and my mom worked hard, raised a family, and served their community. They paid their taxes and when they retired, received Social Security benefits and Medicare. It was a contract. My parents supported these programs when they worked, and used them when they retired.
CSP, who lost to Republican Frank Guinta last year by a 54-42 margin, had been hinting about this for quite some time, so I’m not surprised. However, it remains to be seen if she’ll have a clear path to the nomination. She was never as strong a campaigner as she was a progressive voice, so I wouldn’t be surprised if other Dems (like former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand) get in the race.
UPATE: See this must-read comment from Dean Barker for the real dope on this race. Dean isn’t just one of the smartest commentators on New Hampshire that there is, but he’s also one of the best bloggers around, period.