O’Brien may challenge Kuster
Congresswoman, not to mention noted tax specialist, Ann McLane Kuster has had a rough go this week. First, her tax dodging escapades were finally made public. Now, amid a barrage of criticism and less than a month after her swearing in, potential challengers are emerging.
Former Republican state Senator Gary Lambert has already indicated that he was mulling a challenge to Kuster, who defeated Charlie Bass last November. National Journal now reports that former state House Speaker Bill O’Brien is also mulling whether or not to mount a bid:
“New Hampshire GOP state Rep. Bill O’Brien is considering challenging Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster in 2014. ‘I’m concerned for the country, I really am,’ O’Brien said in a phone interview Friday. ‘I think we need another fiscally responsible voice down in Washington.’”
O’Brien, who still serves as a state Representative, was Speaker until late last year when Republicans lost the majority. His critics have decried his leadership, which pushed a conservative agenda, as perhaps to blame for the GOP losing the majority.
In his interview with National Journal, O’Brien pushed back against such criticism. “I have a lot of folks who come up to me and say we really appreciate what you did,” he stated. He further decried Kuster as being “really far to the left of the mainstream of this congressional district.”
He further indicated that he would take the next few months to decide on running, noting Kuster’s fundraising ability but also saying he believed his entry would clear the Republican primary field.