NH Primary Source: Former Gov. Benson endorses Mowers in GOP congressional primary

BENSON ENDORSES MOWERS. Former Gov. Craig Benson has weighed into the six-person Republican primary for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District U.S. seat with an endorsement of former U.S. State Department official Matt Mowers, who was the party’s 2020 nominee.

Last year, Benson endorsed Mowers’ primary opponent, longtime Republican activist and former NHGOP vice chair Matt Mayberry, who was defeated by Mowers in the September primary.

But this year, he has chosen Mowers.

“I wholeheartedly support Matt Mowers for Congress because I know he is going to go to Congress and take on the inflationary spending that’s costing middle class New Hampshire families at the gas pump and the grocery store,” Benson said.

“Future generations of Americans should not have to bear the consequences of the reckless, socialist-style experiments coming from Washington, D.C.”

Benson was elected in 2002 and served one two-year term as governor.

“Governor Benson epitomizes the kind of commonsense New Hampshire values that are so sorely lacking in Washington, D.C. I am honored that he has joined our team to restore New Hampshire’s voice in Congress,” Mowers said.

Benson in 2014 endorsed former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in his bid for a New Hampshire U.S. Senate seat.

Brown’s wife, Gail Huff Brown, has filed a statement of candidacy for the 1st District seat, but she says she has not made a final decision on whether to run in 2022.