President Donald Trump at Thursday night's rally in Manchester, NA, is allegedly seeking support But for the state creating the GOP class, he worries he'll use the event to do something else: talk about Corey Corey Lewandowski's potential Senate proposal in 2020.
Republican Gov. Chris Sununuu conveyed concerns about Trump's controversial former manager in the party leadership. Tom Rath, a former attorney general in New Hampshire Rale and a prominent Republican in the state, says he is "not a fan of Corey." Former GOP Senator Jude Greg has appeared on the pages of New Hampshire's largest newspaper to mock Lewandowski as a "thug".
And Dave Carney, a longtime New Hampshire-based strategist who has worked on a number of national Republican campaigns, called the idea of Lewandowski's candidacy a "joke."
"It doesn't add anything to the ticket and doesn't help the president or ticket in any way," Carney said. "Corey is a political hack. Political hacks make bad candidates overall. "
The Lewandowski tensions spill out into the open, and the GOP government agency is almost an open rebellion over Trump's loyalist campaign. Some have expressed concerns about his personal luggage, citing everything from his physical encounter in March 2016 with the then-Breubart reporter Michelle Fields to his messy property dispute.
And with the party already pushing for the removal of Democratic bipartisan Senator Jean Shahin, Carney and others in a swing state, he worries that he will do little to help the party expand its base beyond the group. to the voters Trump is already expected to attract.
Senior members of Trump's political team strongly disagree. They argue that Lewandowski – one of the president's persistent and most visible advocates – would boost conservative energy and strengthen the coalition of blue-collar voters driving Trump's decisive 2016 election. [Equally important, they] contesting the 45-year-old Lewandowski would draw attention and raise funds for what had previously been considered a minor race – and would immediately put him on national radar.
"If Corey Corey Lewandowski decides to run, he will significantly shake off. dynamics, attention and energy around the US Senate race in the granite state, "said Mike Biondo, a former Trump campaign aide in New Hampshire who has known Lewandowski for nearly two decades.
Lewandowski revisited his major Republican offenders with a thrombi of prosperity, saying that their "rhetoric and country club, false conservative values" led to the party losing control of the state's two senate seats.
"It's time to stop the so-called GOP elites and listen to the hardworking men and women whose career politicians have failed," added Lewandowski, who is expected to attend the presidential rally.
Trump is helping to acknowledge that they don't know what the famous unpredictable president is going to say about the Senate contest Thursday night.
While the White House is aware of Lewandowski's concerns, the president has sometimes been willing to circumvent the party leadership's wishes when it comes to political approvals The president broke with party leadership when he endorsed accused child abuser Roy Moore during the 2017 Senate race in Alabama and backed the hard-fought immigration crisis of Chris Kobach for sitting president in the 2018 Kansas governor contest (And both men lost in the general election.)
Trump would profoundly change the race if he were to fight Former State House Speaker Bill O'Brien entered the Republican race, as did Don Balduk, a retired Brigadier General. But defeating the nationally known Lewandowski would be a big hurdle – especially if he has the backing of Trump, who has almost universal support among Republicans in the state.
Republicans on both sides of the division began a campaign to deflect Trump before the rally. In a gambit aimed at securing presidential support, David Bossey, an ally of Lewandowski, released a poll on Tuesday indicating that he would become a leader if he ran and Trump's support would strengthen his position.
The Baldock Campaign is racing to address this prospect. The candidate's aides this week presented Trump's team with their own results of the study, portraying Lewandowski in a grim situation. Only 15 percent of the general election voters expressed a favorable opinion of the former Trump campaign manager, and he tracks Shahin with double-digit numbers, according to the poll. The survey also presents a far more competitive primary competition, with Lewandowski and Balduk tied at 21 percent.
Lewandowski, who was campaign manager in the former re-election campaign of former New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith, first announced his interest in the Senate race earlier this month. In the days since he talked about how the race could develop, he reached out to a number of senior Republicans.
Greg Moore, who succeeded Lewandowski as director of the Koch-funded New Hampshire state for prosperity, said he spoke with Lewandowski a little over a week ago and got the impression that Trump's ally is prone to jump inside.
"I wouldn't say it's a deal, but it certainly seems to be headed in that direction," Moore said.
The presidential team was very interested in Lewandowski's discussions. Following the narrow loss of New Hampshire in 2016, Trump's campaign began an aggressive effort to win the state's four electoral votes. Close to the president suggests Trump and Lewandowski are running a synchronized campaign focused on conservative and middle-class voters.
"I think Corey is a pretty powerful force in New Hampshire politics," says Joshua Whitehouse, a former state Rep. Who Lewandowski recruited in the Trump campaign in 2016. "I could see nothing but a positive effect on the entire newsletter. "
But others argue that Lewandowski's bid may complicate the party's prospects up and down – including for Sununu, who faces a potentially competitive bid for re-election in 2020. As a Republican governor in a swinging state, he is forced to go delicate a line between appealing to supporters of the president while demonstrating his independence.
Rath claims that Lewandowski will not necessarily improve the party's prospects in the Senate race. He noted the state's long history of supporting politicians of independent sentiment and said the state was not seeking a senator to seal the president.
"It just doesn't add value to what we're trying to do in New Hampshire," said Carney, who was a longtime top adviser to Sununu's father, former Governor John Sununu. "I'm sure this is a big ego boost for [Lewandowski‘s] friends and allies who are promoting this, but it won't help the president. It will not bring him any additional votes. There's no point. ”
James Arkin contributed to this report.