George Lambert, a Litchfield state Rep. who tailors himself a “socially liberal and fiscally conservative Republican,” has confirmed that he is seriously considering mounting a campaign for New Hampshire’s highest office in 2014.
“There is an ongoing message that we need accountability and transparency,” he stated in an interview with The Nashua Telegraph. “If we can bring that, we would have a state that changed its culture in the way new leadership changed New York City from a very rough town into a fairly safe place to live.”
Lambert joins Bedford state Senator Andy Sanborn, Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, Salem state Senator Chuck Morse, and 2012 candidate Kevin Smith on the list of Republicans weighing a bid against Governor Maggie Hassan.
Smith’s 2012 effort was backed by Lambert, who noted that he would “happily support” him should he indeed decide to run again. That decision has been given a timetable for sometime this summer.
In a statement, NH GOP head Jennifer Horn welcomed all Republicans interested in challenging Hassan.
“We welcome all candidates to the race and look forward to a productive primary that will produce a fiscally responsible Republican nominee who will defeat Governor Hassan,” she stated, per the Telegraph’s report.
New Hampshire Democratic Party communications director Harrell Kirstein, on the other hand, was less flattering, saying that “Lambert would fit better in a circus tent than in New Hampshire’s corner office.”