The New Hampshire Democratic Party has launched an aggressive, messaging campaign against Gov. Chris Sununu’s potential U.S. Senate bid even as the governor said his own decision was months away.
Entitled “McConnell-Sununu Exposed,” the effort focuses upon Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wooing of Sununu to run against U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., in 2022.
“For McConnell, recruiting, cajoling, and begging Sununu to run is about power — plain and simple,” said the NHDP memo on the project, obtained by the Union Leader.
“Raw, special-interest-protecting, Washington-status-quo-preserving power — for Mitch, and not for New Hampshire.”
Party Chairman Raymond Buckley said this rollout will include digital ads, press conferences and other public events that harp on Sununu’s support for a ban on late-term abortions and for federal income tax cuts that he said most benefitted the wealthy.
“Mitch McConnell wants Chris Sununu to be New Hampshire’s next senator because he knows that Sununu would be a rubber stamp for his agenda,” Buckley said.
This is the first organized campaign by state party officials about Sununu’s political future, and it comes on the heels of the governor signing a two-year state budget.
Buckley also pounced on a new study from CNBC that showed New Hampshire’s standing in the national ranking of states for businesses had dropped from 25th to 37th.
“Chris Sununu’s policies prioritizing Mitch McConnell and special interests are making New Hampshire an inhospitable state for small businesses owners,” Buckley said.
“This report shows what people in New Hampshire have known for a long time, which is that Chris Sununu is more focused on being courted by national Republicans than working for Granite Staters.”