Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Popular New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch announced Thursday he will not seek a historic fifth term in office, putting another state race in play for Republicans in 2012.
Lynch, an immensely well-liked Democrat, has headed the state for eight years and was considered all-but-unbeatable had he chosen to run again. He announced at a press conference Thursday he would not run for a fifth two-year term.
In a letter to his constituents he said he has the "passion and energy to keep doing this work for a long, long time."
"But democracy demands periodic change. To refresh and revive itself, democracy needs new leaders and new ideas," Lynch wrote. "Institutions must be challenged in new ways to stay vibrant and relevant. It is time for the next generation of leadership for New Hampshire."
One likely Republican contender for the seat is Ovide Lamontagne, a tea party favorite who ran a close but ultimately unsuccessful primary campaign against now-Sen. Kelly Ayotte in 2010. Lamontagne is widely expected to announce his candidacy in the coming weeks.
Other potential candidates include tea party darling and head of the conservative think tank Cornerstone Kevin Smith, as well as 2010 gubernatorial candidate John Stephen and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.
Former state senator and Democrat Maggie Hassan is expected to make a bid to succeed Lynch in office.
That is too bad. This state needs a tea bagger mistake, like the Koch brothers need to eliminate safety regulations in their mines.
Well, why waste time and money? What happened in NY 9 is just the preliminary. The country is finally waking up to what our current POTUS meant when he said he wanted to "fundamentally change" America.
When are voters going to figure out that the Tea Party is toxic to America? If the debate this past Monday didn't convince you of that, I don't know what will.
They want to see people die if they succumb to an medical crisis and do not have health care. They claim to be pro-life, but are quick to execute someone. They do not believe in seperation of church and state, which is the whole point of why this country was founded despite what the Tea Party says. They want to control your personal lives, yet claim they want government out of their lives; just as long as you live their way.
They carried signs "Don't Touch My Medicare" during the health care debate, and now suddenly they are ready to eliminate as we know it. They claim that they want to keep SSI, but yet they want to privatize it. They are trying to change the nature of how this country functions at the most fundamental level, by changing the US from a democracy to a plutocratic theocracy. The exact type of government that our founding fathers rebelled against.
He is extremely well-liked and yet he is passing up a HISTORIC 5th term?!
Would it be too personal a question to ask why?
Isn't that one of the questions that a GOOD journalistic story should've answered within the context of the article?
Oh wait.......I'm sure CNN will spoon feed us one 'fact' at a time.
Lynch, an immensely well-liked Democrat, has headed the state for eight years and is considered all-but-unbeatable were he to run again. WMUR reported Lynch will announce Thursday morning he has chosen not to run for a fifth two-year term, according to sources with direct knowledge of his decision.
He is passing up a HISTORIC 5th term?