(This is a preview of this week’s Granite Reports column.)
FRIDAY, NOV. 21: BABIARZ FOR SENATE? Veteran Libertarian Party of New Hampshire stalwart John Babiarz may be getting back into elective politics – as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016.
Babiarz confirmed today he is seriously considering running for the U.S. Senate in two years because, he said, Sen. Kelly Ayotte has, in his opinion, lost touch with Granite Staters.
Babiarz, who is still the chief of the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department, said he has been encouraged to run but has no particular timetable for making a decision, with the election nearly two years away.
He said he would run as an independent in the general election should he decide to make the move.
“I’m kind of disappointed in Kelly Ayotte,” he said. “She has gotten too far away from her Republican base.”
He said Ayotte, like others in Washington, support “the military industrial complex. I think the country has to fix the stuff we have here before we try to fix the rest of the world.”
It would be Babiarz’s first run for the U.S. Senate. He ran for governor four times, in 2000, 2002, 2010 and 2012.
“When I started this, I was probably ahead of my time,” he said. “But as things have come to pass, we now see issues that have made their way to the floor of the New Hampshire House, such as medical marijuana, decriminalization, and the gun laws have been improved.
“But on the federal level, there is a disconnect between what the people want and what’s happening in Washington,” Babiarz said.
While Babiarz clearly would be a long shot in a race against Ayotte and, possibly, Gov. Maggie Hassan, he could siphon votes from Ayotte’s base.