Stonyfield Yogurt CEO Gary Hirshberg has told friends he will not run for the US Senate in 2008 against incumbent Republican Senator John E. Sununu.
Hirshberg said in an email sent to friends that for the time being he wants to focus on his business.
“I have concluded that I cannot enter this race at this time,” wrote Hirshberg in the e-mail, which was sent just after midnight. “I have not yet found a way to responsibly transition leadership of my businesses, and I know that a campaign would make it impossible for me to give this matter the serious attention it requires.”
He is expected to release a media statement later today.
Currently, two Democrats have filed to take on Sununu: Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand and former Congressional candidate Katrina Swett.
The endorsement of Hirshberg, a major Democratic fund-raiser in New Hampshire, will be highly sought after by Marchand and Swett.