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Report: Even Republicans Admit That Sununu’s Support for Anti-Choice Budget Could Turn Off Voters

Even Republicans believe that Governor Sununu’s support for an extreme, anti-choice budget could be a major liability with New Hampshire voters if he runs for U.S. Senate. According to a report this weekend from the Valley News, some Republicans have “acknowledged that Sununu’s final actions on key pieces of legislation could determine whether he’ll be able to mount a successful Senate run.” In an interview with the Valley News, Republican State Senator Bob Guida admitted that the governor’s support for an extreme right-wing budget “will shape the likelihood of a successful run” for US Senate. Republicans are just the latest to see the Governor’s support for the anti-choice budget as a problem with New Hampshire voters. Last week, NH Today host and long-time Granite State political reporter Chris Ryan wrote a column laying out how Sununu’s support for an abortion ban with “no exceptions for rape or incest [and] very limited exceptions for the life of the child” would be a major liability with voters. And in an interview with Ryan, UNH political science professor Dante Scala said that “I think back to the old saying, you know, about New Hampshire politics. If New Hampshire Republicans are running on social issues, it's not a good look for them.” Valley News: Possible Hassan-Sununu Senate faceoff has both parties eyeing New Hampshire Key Excerpts:

  • “Even some Republicans acknowledged that Sununu’s final actions on key pieces of legislation could determine whether he’ll be able to mount a successful Senate run.”

  • “State Sen. Bob Giuda, R-Warren, said Thursday that the governor will have to balance the priorities of differing factions, including Main Street Republicans and social conservatives.” [...]

  • “‘I think that, in large, those measures will shape the likelihood of a successful run,’ said Giuda, whose district includes the Haverhill area.”

Background:

  • NH Today Host Chris Ryan: “The details of the bill are what's problematic, as currently written.. The campaign ads against Sununu write themselves.” [WGIR, 6/7/21]

  • Dante Scala, Political Science Professor, University of New Hampshire: “He’s trying to say he is pro-choice, but he's imposing restrictions. And even the way he couched it, you know, in the interview with you ‘you know, well, it's hard. I didn't, you know, it's part of the budget and I'm not going to veto it just because of that,’ I mean, that's--I don't think all that inside Concord stuff is going to work out for him. [...] I think back to the old saying, you know, about New Hampshire politics. If New Hampshire Republicans are running on social issues, it's not a good look for them.” [WGIR, 6/8/21]

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