He’s still about a month away from likely announcing a Republican bid for U.S. Senate, but former state House of Representatives speaker Bill O’Brien is already contrasting himself with retired Army Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, who launched his GOP Senate campaign Monday.
O’Brien, who remains popular and influential among Granite State conservatives, told the Monitor on Thursday that he’s “not going to characterize other candidates.”
But in what appeared to be a jab at Bolduc – who’s running for public office for the first time following more than three decades in the military – the former speaker added that “the concern that I think anyone of us would have in putting a person into office in Washington who doesn’t have a political track record.”
O’Brien – who said he anticipates he’ll launch his campaign when he makes a July 23 announcement – explained that “the very reason I’m running is I have too often watched congressional candidates who make these promises without any sort of political record to back it up and then they go down there (D.C.) and they disappoint us.”