DSCC - Union Leader: Ayotte GOP Primary Opponent To Announce Next Week

BINNIE RAMPING UP. Republican businessman Bill Binnie is expected to make an announcement about a likely run for the open U.S. Senate seat a week from today.

Binnie has brought on three staffers, according to his new spokesman, Bryan Lanza, a consultant formerly based in California.

Binnie has also been making lots of calls to Republicans about his expected candidacy and, we understand, has been telling people that he intends to begin advertising on television and possibly radio as early as January 2010.

"He's throwing out numbers on how much he's willing to spend," said a Republican, "and they're big numbers."

Ayotte will formally announce her Senate candidacy on Saturday afternoon at the Bicentennial Elementary School in Nashua.