Corey Lewandowski, the former campaign manager of President Donald Trump, is considering a run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.
Trump narrowly lost the Granite State to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. Republicans view incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, as vulnerable and believe New Hampshire is in play for Trump in 2020.
Attendees of a Republican National Committee meeting this week in Charlotte, North Carolina, discussed recruiting Lewandowski, a resident of Windham, to run for the seat, WMUR reported.
“I’m seriously considering it,” Lewandowski said in a text message to Politico.
“The president needs a strong supporter of his on the ticket in New Hampshire,” Fox News Channel quoted Lewandowski as saying. “New Hampshire is a state he lost by 2,700 votes, but having a strong, unified ticket in the state will help him be successful in 2020.”
Lewandowski, who has remained a proponent of Trump after departing his campaign, has not previously held public office. In 2012, he ran for town treasurer in Windham, and in 1994, Lewandowski mounted a bid for a Massachusetts House of Representatives seat but lost to a Democrat.
Shaheen, a former New Hampshire governor, is seeking a third term. She unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2002, losing to Republican John E. Sununu.
She ran again in 2008, garnering 52 percent of the vote to defeat Sununu. In 2014, Shaheen defeated Republican Scott Brown, picking up 51 percent of the vote.
New Hampshire Republican Party Chair Steve Stepanek declined to comment to WMUR regarding Lewandowski’s plans.
It is not clear when Lewandowski might announce his campaign. He will join the president aboard Air Force One when he travels to Cincinnati tonight for a rally, Reuters and other outlets reported.
“Corey Lewandowski is a craven lobbyist who has been credibly accused of assault many times and is chomping at the bit to strip away Granite Staters’ health care,” Bloomberg quoted Josh Marcus-Blank, a spokesman for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, as saying in a statement. “Meanwhile, Senator Shaheen is making a difference for New Hampshire families, leading efforts in the Senate to expand access to health care and taking on the big drug companies to lower the costs of prescription drugs. The contrast couldn’t be more clear.”
Former New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien, retired Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc and trial lawyer Bryant “Corky” Messner are also considering runs for the seat, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported. Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in Manchester on Aug. 15.