New Hampshire: Bradley May Run for Senate — State Senate

Posted February 25, 2009 at 6:27pm

Former Rep. Jeb Bradley (R) is looking at running for the New Hampshire Senate — state Senate, that is. After a freshman state lawmaker from the Wolfeboro area resigned following a DUI incident this weekend, Bradley’s name was floated as one of a few potential Republicans to run in an upcoming election to fill the state Senate seat.

“I am listening to people who are trying to convince me that I should consider it,” Bradley said in a phone interview.

Bradley lost his 1st district Congressional seat in an upset to now-Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) in 2006. He attempted to get his seat back in 2008, but Shea-Porter defeated him again by a larger margin.

Bradley has also been mentioned a potential candidate to succeed Sen. Judd Gregg (R), who said he will probably retire in 2010. Winning a two-year term in the state Senate would not preclude him from running for statewide office, but Bradley was coy about his future plans.

“I really don’t want to get ahead of myself and even speculate about that,” Bradley said. “This is a surprise that has happened with a difficult circumstance for a good friend of mine … Since Nov. 4, I’ve just been taking things one day at a time.”

In addition to Bradley, the district’s former state Senator, 2008 GOP gubernatorial nominee Joe Kenney, and former New Hampshire GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen are also reportedly considering a bid for the state Senate seat.