LACONIA — State Senator Jeanie Forrester, a Republican from Meredith who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, yesterday confirmed that some time ago she was asked to consider running for governor by representatives of the Republican Governors Association, but quickly added "right now I am focused on the state budget and not thinking about campaigning for governor."
WMUR-TV reported Forrester's possible candidacy yesterday, the day after Chris Sununu of Newfields, the son of former governor John H. Sununu who is serving his second term as an executive councilor, became the first Republican to announce his candidacy for governor. Forrester served on the staff of Governor Sununu in the 1980s.
"I have been asked," Forrester repeated, explaining that "it was during a conversation that took places months ago. Of course, I'm flattered to have been asked," she continued, "especially by the Republican Governors Association, But, with the budget situation we are facing, it is truly a distraction."
"I'm not going to say no," Forrester said, "but, I'm not going to say yes. I'm just not going to think about it. It's too early in the process." She said that she will make her decision once the stalemate arising from Governor Maggie Hassan's veto of the 2016-2017 state budget is resolved.
Two of Forrester's Senate colleagues, Chuck Morse of Salem, the president of the Senate, and Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro, the Senate majority leader, are often mentioned as possible Republican candidates for governor. Representative Frank Edelblut of Wilton, the chief executive officer of Control Solutions International, a risk management consultancy who is serving his first term in the House of Representatives, is also weighing a bid for the Republican nomination for governor.
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