US House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy endorses Matt Mowers in 1st Congressional District race

Major boost for former State Department official running to oust Pappas

Republican Matt Mowers received a major boost for his 1st Congressional District U.S. House campaign Monday with an endorsement by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

“Matt Mowers has the experience and the conservative values to fight back against Nancy Pelosi and deliver real results for the people of New Hampshire,” McCarthy said in a statement shared first by the Mowers campaign with WMUR.

“We need to win competitive districts like New Hampshire’s First Congressional District to win back the majority in November. That’s possible when we nominate strong grassroots campaigners like Matt Mowers who will fight tirelessly for the people of New Hampshire and join me in supporting President Trump’s agenda.

“I look forward to Matt joining our Republican ranks next year,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy’s endorsement is likely to bring with it an influx of grassroots support as well as financial support from his nationwide network of donors. He reportedly raised a record $52 million in 2019.

McCarthy’s Majority Committee PAC raised $3.8 million in the current election cycle and made direct contributions of nearly $1.5 million to House and some Senate Republican candidates through May 31, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’

McCarthy has weighed in on some Republican House primaries in elections without an incumbent Republican but are viewed as winnable.

“Leader McCarthy does not take endorsements lightly, and only endorses in top tier races where there is a proven candidate that has shown that they can win the race” according to a statement shared with WMUR by Team McCarthy.

“Mowers has built a well-funded and legitimate grassroots campaign that can take on and defeat Chris Pappas.”

New Hampshire’s 1st District narrowly went to then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.

Mowers, a former Trump campaign official and former Trump administration State Department appointee, is competing in a GOP primary with former Dover City Councilor and former New Hampshire Republican Party Vice Chair Matt Mayberry.

The winner of the Sept. 8 primary will take on first-term Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas in November.

No representative of the first district has won two consecutive terms since Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter was elected in 2006 and reelected in 2008.

Pappas won the seat in 2018 after Shea-Porter chose not to seek a fifth term.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of Leader Kevin McCarthy and look forward to working with him and a new Republican majority in Congress,” said Mowers. “New Hampshire needs a representative who will fight for Granite Staters, not vote with Nancy Pelosi 100 percent of the time like Chris Pappas. Together we can restore America’s economy and work with President Trump to deliver results for Granite Staters.”