Former NH Speaker O’Brien drops Congressional bid.

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Former NH Speaker O’Brien drops Congressional bid.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Former House Speaker Bill O’Brien has decided against running for Congress in New Hampshire’s 2nd District.

O’Brien, a Republican from Mont Vernon, had created an exploratory committee, hired a consultant and began to raise money to run against U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, a first-term Democrat. But he told WMUR-TV that he is taking a job in the private sector instead, though he did not say where. He had raised $42,000 during the first fundraising period, while Kuster raised more than eight times as much.

Former state Sen. Gary Lambert, a Republican from Nashua, has been considering a run, but no one has formally entered the race.

Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

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