New Hampshire: Guinta Meets With NRCC About 1st District

Posted March 25, 2009 at 6:00pm

Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta made his second visit to the National Republican Congressional Committee this week to discuss challenging Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) next year.

Guinta met with top officials at the NRCC on Tuesday. Those familiar with the meeting say the NRCC is reaching out to Guinta and urging him to consider a bid, but the Republican might also run for re-election or for governor in 2010.

Shea-Porter announced last week that she would not run for Senate in 2010, instead opting to stay in her competitive House district. She defeated former Rep. Jeb Bradley (R) in an upset victory in 2006, then defeated him again by a larger margin in their 2008 rematch.

The 1st district had historically been a fairly safe district for Republicans until 2006, and the GOP will need to target incumbents like Shea-Porter if they are to regain some of the ground lost over the past two elections. The district voted for former President George W. Bush in 2004 and 2000 with 51 percent and 49 percent, respectively, but President Barack Obama carried the district with 53 percent in 2008.