Chris Sununu: Despite Dad’s suggestion, decision on run for governor ‘down the road’

Despite his father’s suggestion on national television, nothing has changed for Chris Sununu.


After former Gov. John H. Sununu dropped his son’s name as a possible candidate for governor next year, the younger Sununu told the New Hampshire Journal Wednesday he is focused on his job as an Executive Councilor, his family and his business — the Waterville Valley Ski Resort.


Former Gov. Sununu said on the talk show “Hardball” on Tuesday night that he “may not” endorse in the presidential primary. He said he likes Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and “a lot of the governors.”


The elder Sununu then said, “Look, I’ve got a son who may run for governor.”


His comments were similar to those he first made to the New Hampshire Journal last week, after Mitt Romney decided not to run.


“But there are actually a lot of people who I have close ties to, and that still makes it hard. I also have family members who might have political ambitions, so I have to see where they’re going,” he told the Journal.


Chris Sununu said Wednesday morning, “Nothing has changed on that since the last election cycle. People have asked me and approached me about running for governor, but right now my focus is on my business, my family and the Executive Council.


“It looks like my father has taken some of my bad habits by putting his foot in other people’s mouths,” Chris Sununu said. “That doesn’t happen often in the Sununu family but it does happen sometimes.”


“I’m going to maintain my focus on my priorities and make a decision on that down the road,” Chris Sununu said. “I’m too busy focusing on what I need to focus on.”


Chris Sununu said he was attending a ceremony at Plymouth State University honoring former Gov. John Lynch with the Robert Frost Award when he heard what his father had said.


“We had a laugh about that,” he said.


As for his own choice, Chris Sununu said that an “interesting crop of candidates” are lining up to run for President, and, “I probably will make an endorsement. As a public official, it is good to let people know where you stand, but good primaries are good for the process. And a non-endorsement would not be a negative against anyone.”

Author: John DiStaso

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