Trump Says Corey Lewandowski Would be a Great NH Senate Candidate
New Hampshire is one of the few states in the Northeast where Republicans can win important offices. While the state’s senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are Democrats, the governor, John Sununu is a Republican. During the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in the state by around 3,000 votes.
With these recent close results, Republicans are eyeing Shaheen’s seat as a possible pickup during the 2020 elections. At a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Donald Trump said he’d like to see his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, run for the seat.
The President said of rumors Lewandowski may run, “They’re all saying, ‘Are you going to support him?’ I said, ‘I don’t know if he’s running.’ So Corey, let us know please, if you don’t mind.”
Trump continued, “He was the first one who talked about us possibly winning the whole big ballgame. And he’s tough. And he’s smart … so we’ll see what happens. He would be fantastic.”
Lewandowski would be controversial candidate to say the least. Josh Marcus-Blank, New Hampshire’s Democratic Party spokesperson, said, “Corey Lewandowski is a shadow lobbyist with a nefarious client list that includes foreign interests. Lewandowski, with his record of violence, will make an already nasty Republican primary even worse.”
Republicans may be wary of Lewandowski as well. Sources say Governor Sununu would prefers a less controversial candidate. Dave Carney an a strategist who works with Republican candidates, says, “He adds nothing to the ticket and doesn’t help the president or the ticket in any way. Corey is a political hack. Political hacks make bad candidates generally.”