FOUR STATE SENATORS MAKE PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS. It’s early in the 2022 First Congressional District Republican primary race, but four conservative state senators are taking sides with a year to go by endorsing 2020 nominee Matt Mowers.
The Mowers campaign shared first with New Hampshire Primary Source that Mowers is being endorsed for the U.S. House on Tuesday by Sens. Regina Birdsell of Hampstead, Harold French of Franklin, Bill Gannon of Sandown and John Reagan of Deerfield.
There are 14 Republicans overall in the state Senate.
Birdsell endorsed Mowers last year in his successful GOP primary campaign against former NHGOP Vice Chair Matt Mayberry. French and Reagan endorsed Mayberry in 2020. Gannon was elected to the seat in November of last year.
The Mowers campaign issued statements from each of the four senators.
Birdsell, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and vice chair of the Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Committee, is in her fourth term representing District 19.
“I strongly support Matt because, as a veteran, I am deeply troubled by the Biden administration’s reckless withdrawal from Afghanistan that left fellow Americans behind and we now have 13 more Gold Star families, which has weakened our standing in the world,” Birdsell said. “I know that Matt will go to Washington and hold those responsible for this fiasco accountable and work to ensure that America’s adversaries are not further emboldened by the Administration’s complete dereliction of duty.”
French, chair of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees, is in his third term representing District 7.
“With a young son, Matt understands exactly what I worry about as a grandfather: the crises we are leaving to the next generation of Americans,” French said. “Under the current leadership of Joe Biden and Chris Pappas, we are on track to indebt our children with runaway spending and a values system that divides us. I know Matt will go to Washington to fight for a better future for us all.”
Gannon, who is representing District 23 for the second time, is vice chair of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees.
He said: “I am proud to offer my support to Matt because he knows that we need to secure America’s borders to protect our communities here in New Hampshire. The heartless policies of Joe Biden and Chris Pappas have allowed criminals to bring violence and drugs to New Hampshire communities. With his experience from President Trump’s State Department, Matt will work to get this humanitarian crisis under control.”
Reagan, who is in his fifth term representing District 17, chairs the Senate Capital Budget Committee and is vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee and Executive Departments and Administration Committee.
“I am supporting Matt because I know that he will go to Washington to rein in the Democrats’ out-of-control, inflationary spending that is crushing New Hampshire families,” Reagan said. “We need to take away the blank check Chris Pappas has given to the White House to enact its dangerous policies fashioned in the failed ideas of socialism.”
Mowers said: “I am honored to have the support of these state senators, who champion their communities every day. I look forward to being a partner with these leaders while in Congress, fighting alongside them for New Hampshire families looking for an affordable cost of living and safe communities for their children — and making sure New Hampshire has a voice again in Washington, D.C.”
Mowers is among five announced Republican candidates for the first district seat, along with Julian Acciard, state Rep. Tim Baxter, Karoline Leavitt and Gilead Towne. Also, Gail Huff Brown has filed a statement of candidacy for the seat with the Federal Election Commission but has not yet formally declared that she will run.