Republicans responded by calling her a rubber-stamp for the Democrats' agenda.
"New Hampshire voters know full well that sending Shea-Porter back to Washington will only result in skyrocketing debt on the backs of their children and a vote to try to put Nancy Pelosi back in the Speaker's Chair," said National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Tory Mazzola.
Shea-Porter is one of a crop of several early female recruits by both parties, a trend I wrote about earlier this month in my House Race Hotline Extra
column. In the neighboring Second District, Ann McLane Kuster
, who came close to defeating Republican Charlie Bass in the open seat contest, will also run again.
And the district was also named a top target this week by EMILY's List, citing top female talent in the district to take on anti-choice male members. But the Democratic women's group stopped short of endorsing Shea-Porter, citing a strong crop of prospective female candidates in the district.
Former state Senate President Maggie Hassan
and DNC member Joanne Dowdell
are also interested in running, according to Democratic sources.
"EMILY's List put [Guinta] 'on notice' this week because of his awful record, and the strong female Democratic talent in his district," EMILY's List spokeswoman Jess McIntosh
said. "His actions in Congress make replacing him with a woman even more appealing."