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August 20, 2008

From talk show host to the campaign trail

In this week's Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes profiles radio talk show host Jennifer Horn, one of the leading Republicans vying to challenge freshman Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.)

PRIMARY ELECTIONS AMONG challengers for a House seat held by the other party aren't normally of great political interest. But the race for the Republican nomination in a New Hampshire district is an exception. The reason: Jennifer Horn, a conservative talk radio host, is running. She's the first member of the talk radio tribe, so far as I know, to give up her radio perch to run for Congress.

Horn isn’t the first candidate with radio talk show experience to run for Congress. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), one of the leading conservative voices in Congress, hosted his own syndicated talk show before entering the political arena.

There’s former Republican congressman J.D. Hayworth, a sportscaster and conservative talk show host who lost his re-election bid in 2006 (in part because of his outspoken views on immigration), and now is back on the radio.

Among Democrats, current Seattle radio host Dave Ross ran unsuccessfully for Congress in a high-profile race against now-Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.)

And let's not forget Al Franken, who hosted his own Air America show before leaving to run for his Senate campaign against Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.)