Burt Cohen Drops Out of Senate Race

It will be interesting to see if the Dems can find someone to run against Gregg in the next day or so. If not, they have until 2008 to find someone to run against Sununu.

Cohen drops U.S. Senate bid one day before filing period ends

By JAMES W. PINDELL

PoliticsNH.com

June 10 ? State Sen. Burt Cohen (D-New Castle) is ending his bid for the U.S. Senate just one day before the period for candidates for that office to sign up ends.

“Burt Cohen will not be filing for the U.S. Senate,” Cohen spokeswoman Meghan Scott said. “There is a situation with the campaign and we thought that it would be unfair to the [Democratic] party to continue.”

Cohen, a seven-term state senator, began his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-Rye) 18 months ago. He officially kicked off his campaign at a Manchester rally last Wednesday.

Because Cohen was the only Democrat in the race, his departure has put state Democrats in a scramble to find a candidate in less than 24 hours.

Cohen let the party know of his decision late mid-afternoon on Thursday.

State Democratic Party chair Kathy Sullivan is reportly working the phone to find a candidate. There is an informal list of four names rumored to be called.

“We are working very hard to make sure that Judd Gregg is held accountable this fall,” said party spokeswoman Pam Walsh. “These things happen in politics.”

U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg’s chief of staff, Joel Maiola, said Thursday night that the Gregg campaign strategy would not change dispite who might be their opponent. For example, Maiola said the campaign would go up with television and radio ads on Monday.

“We will continue to run the type of campaign that Judd Gregg has always run,” Maiola said.