Governor John Lynch, a Democrat, is not interested in challenging Republican Senator John E. Sununu when he is up for re-election in 2008, his press secretary told a small paper in New Hampshire’s North Country Thursday.
Pam Walsh told the Coos County Democrat that Lynch wants to stay in New Hampshire and “he has no plans for run for the U.S. Senate in 2008.”
After winning re-election himself by the largest margin in state history last week, Lynch has been rumored to have a lot of pressure put on him to seek a match-up against Sununu. In 2002, Sununu won his first term by defeating Lynch’s mentor, former Governor Jeanne Shaheen.
Unless Lynch reconsiders, the party will now ask if Shaheen will want a re-match. If she defers, some in the party are already talking about the prospects of state senators like Peter Burling, Joe Foster, or Maggie Hassan. Recently some in the Lynch camp have promoted the idea of Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand as a fresh face candidate who would build political capital even if he lost.