New Hampshire: Radio Talk Show Host Contemplates House Bid

Posted December 5, 2007 at 6:33pm

Yet another Republican is considering a bid against freshman Rep. Paul Hodes (D).

Nashua-based Jennifer Horn, a current events radio talk-show host and lifestyles columnist, has expressed interest in running.

“I have been approached about [running] and I’ve been strongly encouraged by many people to consider doing that,” Horn said Wednesday in a phone interview.

Although Horn acknowledged that she did meet with the National Republican Congressional Committee this fall in Washington, D.C., she said people have approached her before about running — though she has never considered it so seriously until now.

Horn said her focus right now is on the early January presidential primary, for which she is undecided. She will make a decision about her own bid after the primary is over.

“What I’ve been talking about for a long time is … that Washington isn’t working right now,” she said. “Washington is broken. I think that too many of us have lost sight of elected office as real public service.”

Horn is one of a few candidates who have either announced or said they are considering a bid. State Sen. Bob Clegg, Iraq War veteran Rick Perkins and Grant Bosse, an aide to Sen. John Sununu (R), all are said to be considering campaigns for the Republican nomination. Attorney and veteran Jim Steiner (R) already has announced his candidacy.

Hodes defeated then-Rep. Charles Bass (R) in 2006, a year when Democrats swept the Granite State.

— Shira Toeplitz