Rep. Pam Tucker suspends 1st CD campaignBy DAN TUOHY
New Hampshire Union Leader
May 02. 2016 8:27PM
State Rep. Pam Tucker announced Monday she is suspending her campaign for the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District.
Tucker, R-Greenland, said 2016 is not the right time for her family. She launched her campaign in mid-February.
The surprise announcement leaves just two major candidates for the GOP nomination: Republican incumbent Frank Guinta and former BAE Systems executive Rich Ashooh.
“I am grateful to the many friends and supporters who have sacrificed so much for this campaign,” Tucker said. “But with a young family and three daughters, it has become increasingly clear in recent days that now is not the right time for a congressional campaign.”
“We must change course in Washington,” she continues in the statement. “I am committed to helping a conservative represent the First District. But my first and primary commitment must always be with family. I want to thank all of my supporters, volunteers, and contributors who placed their faith in me. Thank you.”
Tucker is the second Republican candidate to quit the race. Dan Innis, a Portsmouth businessman who ran against Guinta in the GOP primary in 2014, ended his bid earlier this year, citing business and personal obligations.
The winner of the Sept. 13 primary will face off against the Democratic nominee, either former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of Rochester, or Shawn O’Connor of Bedford.
Ashooh said in a statement, “I have known Pam as a steadfast conservative voice in New Hampshire State House. I have also known her as a dedicated mother. I fully understand her decision and am confident that her dedication to the betterment of our state will continue.”
As UnionLeader.com first reported last week, a new independent expenditure group called Granite Voices PAC launched to support Ashooh’s candidacy.
The group, which cannot legally coordinate with the candidate or his committee, plans to spend heavily in the 1st District.
A PAC spokesman issued a statement wishing Tucker well.
“As the field of candidates consolidates, Rich Ashooh continues to gain momentum and represents the Republican Party’s best choice to send a conservative voice to Congress and hold the seat in November,” said Matt Mowers, a consultant for the PAC.