- Josh Marcus-Blank
Valley News Editorial Board Slams NH GOP and Corey Lewandowski
In Case You Missed It, the Valley News editorial board called out Corey Lewandowski, noting "Lewandowski’s slash-and-burn persona has been aptly captured in a single word by former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg: 'thug.'" Valley News Editorial: Here, craven Republican officeholders have swallowed the Trump administration’s worse excesses without even gagging. We do not refer to issues such as the ruinous trade war with China; that’s squarely within the realm of partisan politics. But the president’s overt and covert courting of white supremacists; his Twitter attacks on people of color; his denial of Russian election interference; his attempts to destroy confidence in the courts, the election system and the free press all directly target the democratic process itself. Conservatives of good conscience are obliged to stand up and speak the truth. So far they have shown no inclination to do so. That brings us New Hampshire, where Corey Lewandowski, the president’s former campaign manager, is thinking about seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat of decidedly moderate outlook. Lewandowski’s slash-and-burn persona has been aptly captured in a single word by former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg: “thug.” Gov. Chris Sununu, who himself has showed distinct signs of quietly knuckling under to the Trump brand of thuggery while attempting to burnish his image as a moderate, is said to worry that a Republican ticket headed by Lewandowski could result in an electoral debacle for Republicans in New Hampshire next year, a view that many party leaders in the state are thought to share. Maybe if their own political hides are at risk, they will see the light and repudiate Trumpism and the threat it poses to the political norms that the state has traditionally embraced.