SOURCES: MOWERS TO RUN AGAIN FOR U.S. HOUSE. Former Trump administration State Department official Matt Mowers ran a strong race as the Republican 1st Congressional District nominee against Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas in 2020 – and he’ll be back as a candidate soon.
It’s certainly not unexpected, but sources close to Mowers have now confirmed to New Hampshire Primary Source that Mowers will indeed be a candidate for the seat again in 2022, with an announcement expected in September.
The sources said Mowers’ campaign team and fundraising operation are in place and he has surrounded himself with people allegiant to former President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda who believe they understand what it will take to be successful in New Hampshire, particularly the 1st District, in the midterm cycle.
Sources have also confirmed that former Trump campaign manager and current senior adviser to the former president Corey Lewandowski will have an active role in the Mowers campaign. He’ll have a higher profile and more direct role than in 2020, when he was focused primarily on the presidential race while also advising Mowers.
Lewandowski, since early this year, has been the president and chair of Make America Great Again Action, Trump’s super PAC. The Windham resident will remain in that role while also helping Mowers, which could mean a Trump endorsement and a big source of financial help for the candidate.
Mowers’ 2020 campaign team will also be on board again – including Jamestown Associates’ partner Jon Kohan and firm vice president John Corbett, who managed Mowers’ 2020 campaign; as well as longtime Mowers friend and GOP strategist Michael Duhaime.
Mowers has been viewed as a likely 2022 candidate since election night, 2020, and has remained active helping the New Hampshire Republican Party organize fundraisers and grassroots activities throughout the year.
He was instrumental in lining up his one-time boss, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for a virtual appearance at a fundraiser for state Rep. Bill Boyd in March, a few weeks before Boyd won a special New Hampshire House election that received a measure of national attention.
Mowers, throughout the year, has received much encouragement from activists, elected officials and donors from New Hampshire and across the country to make a second run for the seat. He lost to Pappas by a margin of 51.3 percent to 46.2 percent (with 2.4 percent for the Libertarian candidate) in 2020, when he made his first run for public office.
When Mowers,32, makes it official, he will be the fifth Republican to have announced candidacies for the 1st District seat, joining Karoline Leavitt, 23; Julian Acciard, 33; Gilead Towne.31; and state Rep. Tim Baxter, 23.
Leavitt appears to be trying to stake a claim as the most pro-Trump candidate in the GOP field, citing her experience as an assistant press secretary in the Trump White House working under the supervision of former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. She has said in interviews with former Trump chief strategist and current podcast host Steve Bannon, and with WMUR, that Trump actually won the 2020 election.
But Mowers will enter the race as a candidate also viewed as being close to Trump by having served in a key role in Trump’s 2016 general election campaign and then on the Trump transition team before being named chief of staff to Dr. Deborah Birx at the State Department – and by having a close relationship with Donald Trump Jr. and other members of the Trump family, as well as by having Lewandowski as a leader of his campaign.
And if he does secure Trump’s endorsement, as he did in the 2020 GOP primary campaign, it would be – well – huge.
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