Report: Katrina Swett Poised To Enter N.H. House Race

Posted January 12, 2010 at 6:20pm

The New Hampshire Union Leader is reporting that businesswoman Katrina Swett, the daughter of the late Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), is getting ready to run for Congress in New Hampshire.

Swett, a Democrat, has yet to file her paperwork for the 2nd House district, but the newspaper writes about an invitation to a Jan. 31 house party for her candidacy.

Swett’s entrance into the race would create a competitive primary for Democrats in the district currently held by Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes , who is stepping down to run for Senate. Attorney Ann McLane Kuster (D) has been running for months in the Democratic primary scheduled for September 2010.

Swett has talked about getting into the race for months, but could afford to wait to decide because of the more than $870,000 that she has in the bank from her short-lived Senate campaign in the 2008 cycle. Swett stepped aside in the 2008 cycle when a fellow Democrat, now-Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, announced she was going to run.

Swett, who is also the wife of former Rep. Richard Swett (D-N.H.), was the Democratic nominee in 2002. She lost to former Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.), who is also running again this year for his former seat.

CQ Politics currently rates this general election contest as Leans Democratic.