Sununu the Surrogate – Governor campaigns for out-of-state Republicans

Governor Chris Sununu often points out that when it comes to politics and politics, his focus is on the Granite State.

“I’m very selfish about the people of New Hampshire in 603. And that’s where I’m 100% focused,” he said in an interview with the Monitor earlier this week.

Well, maybe not 100%.

The governor has traveled outside of Granite State a few times this year to help other Republican candidates running in the 2022 election. Last month, he traveled to Connecticut to campaign and raising funds for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski.

On Tuesday, Sununu headlined a fundraiser for former two-term Maine Governor Paul LePage, who is running against Democratic Governor Janet Mills this year as he tries to win back his old job. The next day, Sununu and LePage teamed up at Messer Truck Equipment, a century-old family business in Westbrook, Maine.

Speaking to reporters, Sununu said LePage “brought incredible economic opportunity to the state for eight years.” He predicted that “Maine will become much more competitive with New Hampshire in just a few months when Paul is elected.”

Early next month, Sununu will travel to Massachusetts to headline a fundraiser for GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Doughty.

“I just want good candidates who believe in individuals, who don’t believe big government is the answer. And I’m a big believer that states are the answer. Good governors in states can make huge differences for their communities,” Sununu said in an interview. “So I’m out there to help anyone I can, whether it’s Glenn Youngkin in Virginia, Paul LePage here. Anyone who wants my help, I’m happy to go help them.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party took aim at Sununu’s campaign efforts, particularly alongside LePage, who was an outspoken and unconventional governor.

Sununu’s travels outside of New Hampshire have fueled some speculation that he may have domestic ambitions and may be considering running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.

But the governor dismissed those comments from political prognosticators, pointing to his own re-election this year as he runs for a fourth two-year term as head of Granite State.

“I don’t think of a past re-election. Right. If I don’t close the deal in November and win those votes and go out and talk to voters, then nothing else really matters,” he said.

According to recent fundraising reports, Sununu was edged out by his Democratic challenger, State Senator Tom Sherman. Rye’s doctor narrowly edged out Sununu in the last fundraising period, but the governor still had a $100,000 cash advantage over Sherman.

Although he is politically popular, Sununu comes from a family with a strong political pedigree. He is considered a talented activist, but fundraising has never been an activity in Sununu’s wheelhouse.

“I never worry…I think I’ve always been overwhelmed by people,” Sununu said. “This is not about fundraising in New Hampshire.”

“At the end of the day, I just have to go out and do my job. And if we have good results — and we had great results in New Hampshire — I’m confident we can be re-elected,” he said. “But you have to earn it.”

While Sherman is the first Democratic gubernatorial candidate in eight years not to face a primary rival or challenger, Sununu faces a handful of longtime GOP candidates running to his right. . The governor brushed aside his main rivals.

“I don’t even really think about the primary,” he said. “My job is to govern the state. We’ll take care of the countryside when the countryside finally starts to heat up in September and October.

He pointed out that we still have a big summer ahead of us.

“Everything from investing in funds (American Rescue Plan Act), dealing with energy issues, actually planning for oil relief, which we’re going to bring to the table, to managing our mental health,” Sununu said. “We have two new mental health hospitals that we will be investing in in the state. And then of course, the opioid crisis.

Sununu was interviewed while in Maine. The main reason for his trip was to attend the annual summer meeting of the National Governors Association, a bipartisan group of governors that seeks common ground on policy.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey succeeded GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas as president of the organization.

Each new NGA president can set their own initiatives, and Murphy announced that his over the next year “will be focused on the mental health of our young people.”

Hassan cashes in

Friday was the deadline for candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to file their April-June second-quarter 2022 fundraising numbers with the Federal Election Commission.

In the race for the GOP nomination for the New Hampshire Senate, State Senate Speaker Chuck Morse reported bringing in about $550,000 over the past three months. Cryptocurrency entrepreneur Bruce Fenton mostly self-funded his $1.6 million haul. Businessman, economist and author Vikram Mansharamani said he brought in around $830,000. Former City of Londonderry manager Kevin Smith reported a $1.4million haul, but that also included fundraising from an outside super PAC that backs his Senate bid. Retired Army General Don Bolduc, who is in his second consecutive Senate bid, said he raised about $85,000.

Those numbers pale in comparison to the more than $5 million raised in the past three months by the Democratic incumbent in the race — Senator Maggie Hassan — whose second-quarter haul set a new fundraising record in the Granite State.

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