Former senator John Sununu won’t run in 2014

Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Former NH Senator John Sununu discusses the fiscal cliff. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Economy Election 2012." (Source: Bloomberg) Former New Hampshire  senator John Sununu, shown Nov. 6, 2012.  (Bloomberg)

Former senator John E. Sununu (R-N.H.) announced Friday that he won't run for office in 2014, turning down what could have been a third straight match-up with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

“I’m not running for anything,”  Sununu told the New Hampshire Union Leader's John DiStaso. “Campaigns are about timing, and I’ve got two daughters in high school, and I want to spend time with them."

Sununu, 48, left open the possibility that he could seek office in the future.

He also weighed in on the GOP primary, suggesting that former senator Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) flirtation with switching states to challenge Shaheen might be less than meets the eye.

“I haven’t spoken to Scott, but I got the impression he made an off-the-cuff comment," Sununu said. “There are a number of sharp, experienced Republicans who have lived in New Hampshire for decades who would be tough for Scott to take on in a primary."

Sununu, the son of former governor and White House chief of staff John H. Sununu, beat Shaheen for an open seat in 2002 but fell in the rematch in a tough year in 2008.

But we may still see a Sununu on the ballot. His younger brother, Chris Sununu, is considered a potential candidate for governor or Congress in 2014.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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