DSCC - Lynch camp says Ayotte promised not to run until 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Lynch camp says Ayotte promised not to run until 2013

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Friday, July 3 2009 10:31 AM
By James W. Pindell

CONCORD -- Before Democratic Gov. John Lynch re-appointed Republican Kelly Ayotte to a full second term as state Attorney General he had an understanding that she would serve the entire term, the governor's spokesman says.

Now Ayotte is talking with Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn, Susan Collins, and Judd Gregg about running for the seat being vacated by Gregg next year. Though speculation surrounds Ayotte's ambitions, she has yet to say anything publicly on the matter.

But now Lynch's camp in joining the fray suggesting that if she does run she is going back on a promise she made just in April to complete the term through 2013.

"It was the Governor's expectation in reappointing Kelly Ayotte that she would serve her full term," said Lynch spokesman Colin Manning. "At the time of her appointment she told the Governor that was her intention."

Ths is the first time Lynch's office has commented on the situation. On Wednesday, former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu announced he would not run for the seat, putting attention squarely on Ayotte.

Ayotte did not respond to a request for comment.