Conservative radio host Chidester considering run for CongressBy JOHN DiSTASO
Senior Political Reporter
October 01. 2013 6:46PM
Conservative radio talk show host Jeff Chidester said Tuesday he has been approached by “numerous people inside the state and outside the state” about the possibility of running for the 1st District U.S. House seat.
Chidester, a Republican, said he is considering it but feels in no rush to decide.
Republican Former U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta has announced his candidacy for the seat now held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, while another Republican, former University of New Hampshire business school dean Dan Innis, is also strongly considering it.
Chidester, whose program “New Hampshire Perspective” airs on News Radio 96.7-FM on the Seacoast and WGIR-AM in Manchester, is a former state director of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s short-lived campaign for president in 2011.
He has also long been outspoken and active in conservative circles and writes on issues related to the U.S. Constitution and the role of government.
Chidester said he has been “asked to run for various positions in the past, including Congress,” and is “truly humbled that so many people trust and believe in me. Their faith in me is not something I take lightly.
He said he has “forged some very strong relationships with prominent conservatives, not only in New Hampshire, but across the country. These relationships include members of Congress, former members of Congress and various conservative groups.
Chidester said that many of those who have asked him to consider running are “pledging assistance should I decide to run. This is all very humbling, but now it is also getting very serious.”
Chidester said he has family and professional commitments and, “I would feel no rush to make a final decision for several months. But I know that if I ever did run for Congress I would have strong support at all levels.”