New Hampshire Democrat Ann McLane Kuster wants a rematch with the Republican who narrowly defeated her last year, Rep. Charlie Bass.
Kuster told supporters in an email that she will wage another campaign for the state's 2nd district next year.
"To fight for good jobs, to protect the fragile economic recovery, and to invest in strengthening our country’s future, this week I am taking the first steps to begin a campaign for U.S. Congress in 2012," Kuster wrote Tuesday.
Kuster won a hotly contested Democratic primary last cycle against centrist Democrat Katrina Swett before losing in the general election.
The Democrat said a formal announcement about her 2012 bid won't come until next year but that she intends to start raising funds and organizing immediately.
"I am a frugal Yankee and I believe we need to cut wasteful government spending – like the billions in subsidies for oil companies, the corporate tax breaks for moving jobs overseas, and the billions more spent on redundant weapons systems that our military leaders have identified as wasteful and unneeded," Kuster wrote. "But instead of these cuts, the U.S. House of Representatives is cutting what we need most – education, public safety, and the clean energy research that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It makes no sense."
Last cycle, Kuster was aided by liberal groups around the country, including the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which quickly released a statement of support Tuesday.
"Annie Kuster is a bold progressive champ who will be at the forefront
of fighting for a progressive economic and jobs agenda in 2012," PCCC co-founder Stephanie Taylor said in a statement. "For those who care about putting Main Street ahead of Wall Street and
holding Republicans accountable for their war on middle-class families, Annie's entry into
the race is burst of great news."
The National Republican Congressional Committee also reacted quickly Tuesday to Kuster's announcement. The Democrat lost by less than 2 percentage points to Bass in 2010.
"Ann Kuster's record of supporting higher taxes, bigger government and more debt was rejected in 2010 because it stands in sharp contrast to the New Hampshire values of fiscal discipline and limited government," NRCC spokesman Tory Mazzola said in a statement. "With a history of supporting a New Hampshire state income tax and Nancy Pelosi's government-takeover of health care, it's clear that Kuster is drastically out of touch with voters in the Granite State."
-updated at 12:18 p.m.