John DiStaso's Granite Status: NH Senate Majority Leader Bradley latest to endorse Boothby for Executive Council
See our exclusive report below on Judd Gregg talking about whether he'll run for the U.S. Senate again.)
FRIDAY, DEC. 13, BACKING BOOTHBY. Former Belknap County Commissioner Christopher Boothby has added one of the state’s top Republicans to his Executive Council campaign endorsement list.
State Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro is endorsing Boothby, of Meredith, this afternoon for the District 1 Executive Council seat left open by the death of Ray Burton last month.
Bradley joins state Sens. Jeanie Forrester of Meredith and Sen. Bob Odell of Lempster, who backed him earlier this week.
In a statement to be released this afternoon by the Boothby camp, Bradley says, “I have known him for a long time, back to when he was Commissioner, and I know how hard he worked for his constituents.
“I believe he will continue to be a advocate for citizens as Executive Councilor and will be a worthy successor to the late Ray Burton.”
Boothby faces former state Sen. Joe Kenney of Wakefield and former congressional legislative aide Mark Aldrich of Lebanon in a GOP special primary to be held on Jan. 21.
The winner will face the lone Democratic candidate, Grafton County Commissioner Michael Cryans of Hanover in a special general election on March 11.
A public memorial services for Burton is scheduled for tomorrow at Plymouth State University.
(Earlier Granite Status reports follow.)
THURSDAY, DEC. 12, SCHUMER: "HELP JEANNE SHAHEEN." New York Sen. Chuck Schumer emailed supporters today asking for contributions to "help Jeanne Shaheen win reelection and preserve the Democrats' Senate Majority."
Schumer praised fellow Democrat Shaheen as a "champion for women's rights" and called her "one of the most important candidates to support right now."
He also took aim at former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who may run for the Senate from New Hampshire:
"Massachusetts tea party favorite Scott Brown, whom we just helped Elizabeth Warren defeat last year, has made 12 visits to New Hampshire this year and registered a political committee there," Schumer wrote.
"If Jeanne shows strong grassroots support on her next quarterly financial report, it could keep Brown out of the race entirely."
If Shaheen loses, he says, "we'll also be stuck with Scott Brown and his Big Oil agenda or another opponent and his push to overturn Roe v. Wade. And either one of them will vote against every judge, justice, ambassador, and administration appointment President Obama makes."
The state Republican Party caught wind of the Schumer email and fired off its own blast.
"Senator Shaheen's decision to enlist an out of touch, New York City liberal like Chuck Schumer to raise money is another indication of how nervous she is about her reelection campaign," said NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn.
"Shaheen knows that she will need all the help she can get to try to distract New Hampshire voters from her deciding vote to impose ObamaCare on working families."
(Earlier Granite Status reports follow.)
THURSDAY, DEC. 12: SENATOR GREGG (AGAIN)? NO WAY, HE SAYS. Judd Gregg was quite amused by the rampant speculation Thursday that his decision to step down as CEO of Wall Street's biggest lobbying group could mean he's eyeing a return to the U.S. Senate.
He told the Granite Status he hadn't seen the many reports, but he immediately spiked the idea.
"Been there, done that," he said, quoting his long-time friend, former President George H.W. Bush.
"I appreciated the chance to serve, appreciated the confidence of the people of New Hampshire, but I certainly don't plan to get back into the elective scene again," said Gregg.
Gregg stepped down as the CEO of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association on Thursday but will continue to work with the group in the role of senior adviser. His successor is Kenneth E. Bentsen, who had been the association's president.
"I was racing back and forth from New Hampshire to Washington, from New York to Chicago," Gregg said. "Basically, I just liked being in New Hampshire too much to be doing all that racing around.
"So I'm going to stay on and work on the importance of promoting capitalism in the everyday life of America, but I'm not going to continue to do the day-to-day operations" at the association.
Gregg, asked about the speculation that former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown may run for the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire, said, "It's nice in New Hampshire that we have all sorts of people who are interested. We'll see how it all sugars off."
Gregg also had no comment on former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith's announcement that he is running again for the Senate from New Hampshire.
"I'll wait and see how this all works out," is all Gregg would say about that.
Gregg also told the Status that after having his home in Rye on the market for about a year-and-a-half, he took it off the market several months ago. He said he and his wife, Kathy, plan to stay there.
(An earlier Granite Status report follows.)
THURSDAY, DEC. 12: KING RETURNS MONDAY. Republican U.S. Rep. Pete King of New York will return to New Hampshire on Monday as he continues his exploration of a possible 2016 presidential bid.
King visited the state three times during the summer and then returned in October.
The outspoken 11-term congressman will meet privately with long-time strategist and former Republican National Committeeman Tom Rath and Republican former state Senate Majority Leader Bob Clegg.
He will address a meeting of the Northeast Regional Troopers Coalition in Concord and then be the featured guest at a "Chirstmas Celebration" fund-raiser for the Committee to Elect House Republicans, also in Concord.
King has told us he is exploring a run to determine if there is an audience in the first-in-the-nation primary state for his view on a need for a strong national defense and rejection of what he calls the "isolationist" view of some fellow Republicans.
In August, he told the Granite Status, "I get very concerned when I see people, Rand Paul for example, talk about the great concern they have about drones killing innocent Americans and hardly a word about the threat we face from al-Qaida."
King is a member of the House committees on homeland security and intelligence.
(See earlier Granite Status reports elsewhere on this page or by clicking on "Granite Status" above.)