President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is mulling a run against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
“I’m seriously considering it,” Lewandowski wrote in a text message to POLITICO today.
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A New Hampshire TV station, WMUR, reported earlier today that Lewandowski had been discussed as a potential candidate at a Republican National Committee meeting in Charlotte, N.C.
Shaheen, who’s running for a third term, narrowly defeated former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in 2014, winning with 51 percent of the vote.
The seat is one of the only opportunities for Republicans to pick up a Democratic-held seat next year. Several Republicans are already running, including Donald Bolduc, a retired brigadier general; Bill O’Brien, a former state House speaker; and Bryant “Corky” Messner, a lawyer and veteran. National Republicans have praised Bolduc’s record but haven’t taken sides in the primary yet.
Lewandowski lives in Windham, N.H., when he’s not in Washington. He started a Washington lobbying firm, Avenue Solutions, after Trump’s election with another Trump campaign veteran, Barry Bennett, and is now affiliated with another Washington lobbying shop, Turnberry Solutions. He has advised clients on how to deal with the Trump administration but isn’t a registered lobbyist.
He didn’t respond to questions about whether he’d discussed his potential Senate run with Trump or the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He hasn’t been actively recruited by the NRSC, according to people familiar with the matter.