Dave Solomon's Granite Status: Odell endorses Little in GOP Senate primary
Retiring Republican State Sen. Bob Odell of Lempster today endorsed Jerry Little in the GOP primary for the District 8 state Senate seat Odell is vacating. The endorsement comes as another line in the sand between moderate, establishment Republicans like Odell, and the Republican Liberty Alliance of New Hampshire, which has endorsed Little's primary opponent, J.P. Marzullo, a former Deering selectman and incumbent vice chairman of the N.H. Republican Committee.
The Liberty Alliance, a Tea Party style group, indicated it would have targetted Odell had he decided to run again.
Odell focused on Little's accomplishments in his hometown of Weare. "As a former town moderator and member of the town Finance Committee and current member of the town's Capital Improvement Projects committee, he has made tough budget decisions, and understands firsthand the impact government can have on local families and small businesses,” he said.
Little is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, the former president of the New Hampshire Bankers Association and a former press secretary to Gov. John H. Sununu. He was news director for WJYY in Concord and an assignment editor with WMUR-TV in Manchester.
Odell is one of the most senior senators, having served for the last 12 years. "He has been a tireless advocate for the citizens of District 8 and I am excited to receive his endorsement today,” said Little.
Odell announced his support for Little in a morning interview on WNTK radio in New London.
District 8 includes the towns of Acworth, Antrim, Bennington, Bradford, Croydon, Deering, Francestown, Goshen, Grantham, Hillsborough, Langdon, Lempster, Marlow, Newbury, New London, Newport, Springfield, Stoddard, Sunapee, Sutton, Unity, Washington, Weare and Windsor.