Included below please find John DiStaso’s Granite Status update in which Charlie Bass confirmed “he will file a statement of candidacy” Thursday.
“Charlie Bass’ anticipated announcement is welcome news. He is a proven leader with an unmatched level of experience that New Hampshire voters know and respect. Bass’ entrance into this race is a game-changer that puts this seat much more in play.” – Tory Mazzola, NRCC Spokesman
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Charlie Bass wants his old seat back
By John Distaso
The New Hampshire Union Leader
September 30, 2009 11:30 A.M. EST
WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Republican Charlie Bass is taking a big step toward a run for his former seat representing the state’s 2nd District in the U.S. House.
Bass moments ago confirmed to the Granite Status that tomorrow he will file a statement of candidacy and a campaign finance committee for 2010 with the Federal Election Commission.
He said he will tap “two or three old friends and supporters from each county” in the 2nd District as advisers.
Bass told us that he has received thousands of dollars in unsolicited contributions in recent weeks and must either return the money or deposit it in a campaign account by the beginning of the fourth quarter tomorrow.
He has been mulling bid to return to his old seat for several months and said he has received “a lot of encouragement.”
A news release announcing the formation of a Bass Victory Committee for 2010 is expected to be issued by consultant Scott Tranchemontagne later today.
Bass served six terms before being defeated by Democrat Paul Hodes in 2006.
Read more about Bass and New Hampshire politics in tomorrow’s “Granite Status” column.