WMUR: NH Primary Source: Mowers ponders 2022 candidacy as he helps NHGOP, Boyd raise funds

Former State Department official arranged to have his former boss, Pompeo, speak to Granite State Republicans

MOWERS MAY RUN AGAIN. Matt Mowers lost his bid for the 1st District U.S. House seat last year, but he continues to expand his roles as an informal leader of, and major fundraiser for, the NHGOP.

He doesn’t have a party title, per se, but Mowers is showing this week that he will be instrumental in bringing national Republicans, including those who are considering running for president, to the state – remotely for now and perhaps in-person later – to help the party and local candidates.

As we reported first nationally Tuesday, Mowers was successful in arranging the first-ever appearance before Granite Staters by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has made no secret of the fact that he’s considering running for president in 2024.

Pompeo will speak during a remote fundraiser for New Hampshire House candidate Bill Boyd, a Merrimack Town Councilor who is seeking the seat vacated by death of former House Speaker Dick Hinch in December. The special election between Boyd and Democratic former state Rep. Wendy Thomas to succeed Hinch in the seat will be held April 13.

The invitation to the March 29 Zoom fundraiser is topped by: “Please join Matt Mowers and the New Hampshire Republican State Committee” for the virtual fundraiser in support of Boyd.

While many Republicans – and Democrats, for that matter – expect Mowers to take on U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas again next year, he insists he has not yet made that final decision.

In an interview this week, however, Mowers said he is disappointed in the performance of Pappas, and he also mentioned U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster.

“I was hopeful that after the election last year, you would see a course correction from folks like Chris Pappas and Annie Kuster to maybe try to work with folks across the aisle,” Mowers said. “They haven’t done any of that. It’s just been a rush to the left wing of their party.

“That concerns me. I haven’t made any final decisions on what to do about my political future,” Mowers said, “whether that means running in 2022. But as an American, I’m concerned. And if at some point I feel like I need to step up, and speak up once again, I’ll certainly do it.”

Mowers said that Pompeo’s plan to speak to Granite State Republicans on behalf of a candidate for local state House seat is significant as well.

“We need to elect Bill Boyd to help Gov. Sununu protect the New Hampshire advantage, protect New Hampshire from an income tax, but it’s also the legacy of Speaker Dick Hinch. He was a great friend to all of us and was a great public servant for Merrimack. So, we need someone in the mold of Dick Hinch, which is Bill Boyd, to take that seat.”

One thing Mowers can count on – if he does run again for Congress, there will be no shortage of national Republicans who may eventually become presidential candidates stepping up to help him.