DSCC - Roll Call: Bass Still Weighing Senate Run

Roll Call: New Hampshire: Bass Weighs Options; Leaning Toward House

Shira Toeplitz 9/15/09



Former Rep. Charles Bass (R) said he is still considering running for the Senate or House in the Granite State and will make a decision before the end of the year.

“I’m still seriously considering re-entering public life, getting into the political world,” Bass said in a phone interview. “I’m not prepared to make a decision yet.”

Bass said, however, that he is “leaning toward” running for his former House seat. Rep. Paul Hodes (D) defeated Bass in 2006, and the Democrat is now running for retiring Rep. Judd Gregg’s (R) seat.

If Bass were to run for his former House seat, he will likely face a GOP primary with Republicans’ 2006 nominee, radio host Jennifer Horn. Several Democrats have already announced campaigns in the 2nd district, which has voted increasingly for Democrats in recent cycles.

If Bass were to run for Senate, he would be in a primary with former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte and former GOP gubernatorial nominee Ovide Lamontagne. Republican National Committeeman Sean Mahoney is also considering a bid for Senate.