Sununu was seen as the top Republican recruit nationwide: He won reelection in 2020 por 32 percentage points in a state where President Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump by 7 puntos. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, have both publicly said they hoped Sununu would run.
But his decision to seek a fourth term delivered a blow to both Senate Republicans.
Sununu told reporters that he did not tell McConnell or Scott that he was passing on a Senate bid.
“I guess you will have to let them know. I haven’t talked to them,” él dijo, adding that he was appreciative of their work to get him to run but that his decision “is about New Hampshire, not about Washington.”
“Increíble,” McConnell political adviser Josh Holmes tuiteó shortly after Sununu’s announcement.
Republicans grew hopeful after their recent win in the Virginia gubernatorial race and a stunning near-miss in New Jersey’s gubernatorial contest that more top recruits like Sununu would jump into key races as they see the national political environment shifting in the GOP’s favor.
But Sununu’s decision clearly came down to whether he wanted to be one of 100 legislators or the leader of his state. Sununu delivered his decision with a stinging rebuke of the Senate.
“The more I heard about the opportunities that would be there to lead, and there are opportunities to be sure, what the day to day entails, it is so different, it doesn’t fit, not just my style, but it clearly doesn’t fit the needs of the citizens,” Sununu said, revealing that numerous senators called him to give him advice, along with former President George W. arbusto.
Él agregó: “If we are just sitting around having meeting after meeting, waiting for votes to maybe happen. Hombre, I like moving, I like getting stuff done. … I think I would be like a lion in a cage waiting to get something and affect real change. It just wasn’t for me.”
Sununu, 47, is the son of one former New Hampshire governor and White House chief of staff, John H. Sununu, and the brother of a former senator, John E. Sununu.
He has been elected to three consecutive two-year terms as governor in 2016, 2018 y 2020. En meses recientes, Sununu has been coy about whether he would seek a fourth term as governor or would run for the Senate instead.
Hassan won by 1,017 votes in 2016, and protecting her seat is critical to Democrats’ hopes of maintaining the majority in the Senate, which is currently split 50-50, con la vicepresidenta Kamala Harris emitiendo el voto de desempate.
An October poll by the University of New Hampshire showed a potentially close race, with Sununu narrowly ahead of Hassan, 45% a 42%.
Democrats were clearly concerned about a Hassan-Sununu race. The party previewed its lines of attack against Sununu ahead of his announcement, arguing he has never faced an opponent as well-funded and widely known as Hassan.
Sununu told reporters that he is hopeful Republicans will be able to defeat Hassan, but even the party’s top operatives admit that their chances for success took a hit with Sununu’s decision.
En septiembre, Trump released a statement praising another Republican candidate in the Senate race, retired Gen. Don Bolduc, after Bolduc’s interview on Fox News criticizing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley.
“Congratulations to General Don Bolduc on his incredible presentation regarding Mark Milley, the Taliban and China’s all-time favorite General!” Trump dijo.