Jim Rubens plans to challenge incumbent Rep. Sen. Kelly Ayotte

Former New Hampshire State Sen. Jim Rubens has announced his decision to make another run for the U.S. Senate. He plans to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

The Hanover resident said he plans to challenge Ayotte for the nomination in the Republican primary in the fall this year. Rubens said he worked with Ayotte to get her elected in 2010, but now he is upset with her standpoints on some major issues.

Announcing his decision, Rubens said, “Things have accumulated over the last couple or three years. I heard New Hampshire voters’ landslide message last month. It’s time to dethrone the corrupt establishment and it’s time to end bought-and-paid-for politics and make Washington work again for the American people.”

Ayotte has parted with some New Hampshire conservatives who met privately in November last year to discuss finding a contestant within the party.

With Rubens in the race, Ayotte, who is completing her first term in the Senate, will have to get through a primary before the general election and a presumed showdown with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat who will leave the top political position in the state after two terms.

In 2014, Rubens has run for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), but lost in the primary to rival candidate Scott Brown.

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