Bass Won't Run for Senate in 2014

The former Republican Congressman was in Washington, D.C. last week, fueling speculation that he might seek the seat.

Former Republican Congressman Charlie Bass.
Former Republican Congressman Charlie Bass.
Former Republican 2nd District Congressman Charlie Bass issued a statement Monday morning saying he will not run for U.S. Senate in 2014.

"After much thought and several discussions with my family, friends and colleagues, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014," Bass said in the statement. "Though I am confident that a strong Republican nominee will defeat Democrat Jeanne Shaheen next year, my current personal and professional responsibilities preclude my candidacy. I sincerely thank all who have called, emailed or encouraged me in person to run."

Bass added that this decision does not mean he is retiring from politics. 

"I have worked hard over the years to support the New Hampshire Republican Party - recruiting candidates, raising funds, and generally cheering all other Republican candidates regardless of differences in views on particular issues," he said. "I will continue to do so, and will always work to support the principles of smaller government, less spending, lower taxes, free enterprise to create good jobs and a strong economy."

Bass was in Washington, D.C. last week meeting with GOP senators, which fueled speculation that he might run for Senate.

So far, former State Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman are the only Republicans running for the seat now held by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

Charles Pewitt November 04, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Charie Bass is a baby--boomer politician. We need to avoid baby--boomer politicians. Charlie Bass is no leader. Charlie Bass and his evil globalizer ilk are the cause of all the trouble in the U.S. Just say no to evil baby--boomer globalizer politicians.
Jack Duncan November 04, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Didn't always agree with him politically but as a Person he is a great person. Tony, should have been there the day he dragged out generator from the radio station. Sad so many get 'Washingtonized'. Agree with above, do need fresh blood negotiating skills!!


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