Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s first marketing campaign supervisor, stated Thursday that he’s wanting “very significantly” at launching a Republican bid to attempt to dislodge Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in subsequent yr’s election.
The longtime political operative stated in a textual content message that he has “no timeframe but” for making a call on whether or not to maneuver ahead however took a shot at Shaheen for what he characterised as siding too typically with Senate Minority Chief Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“Jeanne Shaheen has failed the folks of NH by voting in lock step with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi,” Lewandowski stated. “The folks of New NH deserve higher. If I run, I might be a voice for all folks of NH.”
Lewandowski, 45, who advocated a freewheeling type of letting “Trump be Trump,” guided the marketing campaign by means of some essential main wins, together with in New Hampshire, a state by which he has lived.
Lewandowski was fired by the marketing campaign in 2016, when Paul Manafort ascended to marketing campaign chairman after an inner energy battle, however he nonetheless has shut ties to Trump.
Republicans are eyeing New Hampshire as a doable pickup alternative within the Senate subsequent yr.
Shaheen, a former New Hampshire governor, was reelected to a second Senate time period in 2014 with 51 % of the vote in a race in opposition to Scott Brown, a former Republican senator from Massachusetts who had moved to the state.
Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the Granite State over Trump within the 2016 presidential election by solely 2,736 votes.
Josh Marcus-Clean, a spokesman for the New Hampshire Democratic Celebration, sought to attract a pointy distinction between Shaheen and Lewandowski, whom he known as “a craven lobbyist” who has been “credibly accused of assault.”
Marcus-Clean pointed to 2 episodes to justify the latter declare.
In 2016, Lewandowski was charged with battery by the police in Jupiter, Fla., who stated he had grabbed a reporter at a marketing campaign occasion as she tried to ask Trump a query. The fees had been later dropped.
In 2017, Pleasure Villa, a singer and Trump supporter who wore a “Make America Nice Once more Costume” to the Grammys, accused Lewandowski of hitting her twice on her buttocks throughout a gathering on the Trump Worldwide Resort in Washington. Lewandowski maintained his innocence.
In an announcement, Marcus-Clean additionally stated that Lewandowski was “chomping on the bit to strip away Granite Staters’ well being care.”
“In the meantime, Senator Shaheen is making a distinction for New Hampshire households, main efforts within the Senate to increase entry to well being care and taking up the large drug firms to decrease the prices of pharmaceuticals,” he stated.
Lewandowski has beforehand run for workplace. In 1994, he sought a seat within the Massachusetts state legislature. In 2012, he sought to turn into city treasurer of Windham, N.H. Each bids had been unsuccessful.
NPR reported that within the New Hampshire race Lewandowski “upended the city’s politics, utilizing public information legal guidelines to probe native authorities and launching robocalls focused at voters to stoke outrage over a go to to the city by President Obama.”
Lewandowski’s political profession included work with People for Prosperity, an advocacy group backed on the time by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.
Shortly after Trump’s election, Lewandowski launched a authorities affairs and political consulting agency, brazenly promoting plans to learn from loyalty to his former boss. A information launch issued by the agency, Avenue Methods, touted its location “only a block from the White Home” on Pennsylvania Avenue and quoted Lewandowski saying, “I’ll all the time be President-elect Trump’s greatest supporter.”
Lewandowski left that agency in 2017 and now runs a consulting agency and serves as an adviser for lobbying agency Turnberry Options.