Former Rep. Jeb Bradley (R) is looking at running for the New Hampshire Senate state Senate, that is. After a freshman state lawmaker from the Wolfeboro area resigned following a DUI incident this weekend, Bradleys name was floated as one of a few potential Republicans to run in an upcoming election to fill the state Senate seat.
I am listening to people who are trying to convince me that I should consider it, Bradley said in a phone interview.
Bradley lost his 1st district Congressional seat in an upset to now-Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) in 2006. He attempted to get his seat back in 2008, but Shea-Porter defeated him again by a larger margin.
Bradley has also been mentioned a potential candidate to succeed Sen. Judd Gregg (R), who said he will probably retire in 2010. Winning a two-year term in the state Senate would not preclude him from running for statewide office, but Bradley was coy about his future plans.
I really dont want to get ahead of myself and even speculate about that, Bradley said. This is a surprise that has happened with a difficult circumstance for a good friend of mine … Since Nov. 4, Ive just been taking things one day at a time.
In addition to Bradley, the districts former state Senator, 2008 GOP gubernatorial nominee Joe Kenney, and former New Hampshire GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen are also reportedly considering a bid for the state Senate seat.