#NHSen Takeaways: The “Anonymous GOP Senate Primary” Might Get a New, Extreme Candidate
The “crazy, complicated” and “messy” NH GOP Senate primary is about to get a lot messier.
One day after the National Journal reported that the “anonymous GOP Senate primary” has a “vacuum” in which “a viable GOP candidate has yet to emerge,” Bruce Fenton – an extreme Free Stater – announced that he was considering jumping into the NH GOP Senate primary.
While the Republicans running for Senate struggle to gain any ounce of traction among Granite Staters, they also can’t keep their message straight. Kevin Smith, who continues to oppose Senator Hassan’s proposal to suspend the gas tax, found himself attending a press conference with Republicans who were supporting Senator Hassan’s proposal.
This week the NHDP also launched a brand new website – MitchStakes.com – and new digital ads highlighting how all three Republican US Senate candidates are competing for Mitch McConnell’s support — by selling out New Hampshire to McConnell and his corporate special interest backers. Read more here:
Potential New Candidate Throws Campaign into Chaos. Another extreme, fringe candidate is considering jumping into the “anonymous GOP Senate primary.” Bruce Fenton who is “a bitcoin millionaire investor from Durham” and is affiliated with the Free State Project – a fringe group of individuals who support seceding from the United States – is “seriously exploring a Republican primary bid for U.S. Senate in 2022,” according to reports. Fenton went on the offensive this week, attacking his potential opponents for their lackluster campaigns, saying, “you can’t run on a playbook built in the last 30 years because that world is gone,” and he hasn’t “seen anybody talking with the level of urgency and importance that I feel about these issues.” It’s the latest sign that the GOP is dissatisfied with their current field of disliked candidates.
“The Anonymous GOP Senate Primary.” The National Journal published an absolutely brutal assessment of “the anonymous GOP Senate primary” in New Hampshire this week that paints a picture of a primary where Republicans have little confidence in their candidates. National Journal wrote that there is a “vacuum” in the current NH GOP Senate primary in which “a viable GOP candidate has yet to emerge.” The GOP is “lacking that heavyweight candidate” and despite being in the race for months now, all three of the candidates are unknown and disliked, and “have significant weaknesses to overcome.” “It’s a recipe for volatility” that has left Republicans with “their work cut out for them.” Read the story from National Journal here.
AWKWARD: Kevin Smith Attends a Press Conference That Supports Senator Hassan’s Proposal to Suspend the Gas Tax. For weeks, Kevin Smith has made it clear that he’s sticking with his Big Oil talking points and refusing to support Senator Hassan’s proposal to suspend the gas tax to lower costs for Granite Staters — despite wide bipartisan support for the proposal. But on Thursday, Smith attended a press conference where Republicans actually touted Senator Hassan’s proposal and called for suspending the gas tax.
Let the “MitchStakes” begin! This week the NHDP launched a brand new website and digital ad campaign highlighting how all three Republican US Senate candidates are competing for Mitch McConnell’s support — by selling out New Hampshire to McConnell and his corporate special interest backers. These are the first ads of this campaign cycle released by the New Hampshire Democratic Party against Chuck Morse, Kevin Smith, and Don Bolduc. The digital ads show how all three Senate candidates are running in the “MitchStakes” primary to take Mitch McConnell’s orders for his corporate special interests. Additionally, MitchStakes.com will serve as a hub for Granite Staters to tune into the “MitchStakes” primary. The website will feature the latest news about the primary and is home to resources, research, and background information about how all three NH GOP Senate candidates are embracing Mitch McConnell’s agenda that will keep prescription drug prices high, jack up costs for New Hampshire families, defund Planned Parenthood, and put new restrictions on abortion.