MANCHESTER, N.H. —President Donald Trump endorsed his former State Department appointee Matt Mowers of Bedford for the 1st District U.S. House seat Thursday, tweeting that the 31-year-old candidate “is a champion for the Great State of New Hampshire.”
The endorsement was not totally unexpected since Mowers worked on Trump’s campaign and transition team and then was named to a high-ranking position in the State Department by the White House in the summer of 2017.
And Mowers also has the endorsements of Trump campaign senior adviser and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Earlier this week, U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy backed Mowers.
But the timing of the endorsement was somewhat early given that New Hampshire’s party primary elections are not until September. Mowers faces former Dover City Councilor and former NHGOP vice chair Matt Mayberry in a primary.
The winner will take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas in the general election.
Trump made his support for Mowers known to his 82 million followers shortly before 4 p.m.
“He was a winner in my Administration and he will always put America First,” Trump tweeted. “Strong on our Military, Vets, Lot Taxes and the Second Amendment.”
“Matt has my Complete and Total Endorsement! We need him in Washington now!”
Trump has a particularly strong feeling about New Hampshire, the site of his first win – the 2016 first-in-the-nation Republican primary. He has made his support clear in visits to, and comments about, the state.
He narrowly lost New Hampshire in 2016 to Hillary Clinton, but in that election he narrowly won in the 1st District. In 2018, Pappas won then won the seat easily over GOP nominee Eddie Edwards.
A “humbled” Mowers said that at the State Department, “we established his America First agenda around the world.
“I will work with President Trump to help stop the influx of drugs over our border by building the wall, stand with our law enforcement officers, protect our Second Amendment rights, lower the cost of health care and help restore New Hampshire’s economy.”
And, as he has so far in the campaign, Mowers charged Pappas is in lockstep with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Matt @Mowers is a champion for the Great State of New Hampshire! He was a winner in my Administration and he will always put America First. Strong on our Military, Vets, Low Taxes and the…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2020
Mowers’ title at the State Department was Chief of Staff & Chief Policy Officer in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator & Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. He previously served on the transition team, which was headed by his former boss, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
After heading Christie’s presidential campaign in New Hampshire in 2015 and early 2016, Mowers was named national field coordinator and battleground states director for the Trump-Pence campaign.
Prior to the presidential primary campaign, Mowers came to New Hampshire from New Jersey to serve as executive director of the state Republican Party.
The endorsement was, as expected, roundly criticized by the state Democratic Party.
“New Jersey’s Matt Mowers is proudly waving around the endorsement of Donald Trump, whose chaotic and unprepared response to COVID-19 has resulted in the death of over 110,000 Americans and the worst economy since the Great Depression,” said NHDP Chair Raymond Buckley.
“This endorsement shows Matt Mowers will support Donald Trump and the Republican Party no matter what, even as they try to rip away health care from tens of thousands of Granite Staters, make massive cuts to Social Security, and end a woman’s right to choose.”