New Hampshire: State Senator Will Enter Growing GOP Primary

Posted February 5, 2008 at 5:02pm

State Sen. Bob Clegg reportedly is set to announce that he is joining a crowded field of Republicans looking to take on freshman Rep. Paul Hodes (D). The New Hampshire Union Leader reported on Tuesday that Clegg is expected to announce his candidacy today.

According to a news release, Clegg is scheduled to disclose his future plans at a lunch Wednesday at the New Hampshire Political Library followed by a reception later in the day.

In the meantime, a Web site about Clegg has been set up prompting the question “What’s Bob Up To?” and includes a video looking to New Hampshire residents, including Clegg’s wife and assistant, for the answers. The site was put together by Primary Communications, a firm founded by New Hampshire Republican consultant Deb Vanderbeek.

Concord attorney James Steiner and Nashua columnist and radio host Jennifer Horn already have announced their Republican bids. Grant Bosse, a former aide to Sen. John Sununu (R), is also said to be interested in running for the seat.

Hodes won the district in the previous cycle with 53 percent of the vote over moderate then-Rep. Charles Bass (R). The six-term former Member has said he is not interested in running again for his former seat.
— Shira Toeplitz