By JOHN DiSTASO, News Editor
As part of his swing through the first-in-the-nation primary state, Ted Cruz had a “free cup of coffee” at a very influential Republican’s home Sunday afternoon.
Former Gov. John H. Sununu has not always seen eye-to-eye with the Tea Party hero Texas senator. Sununu, very much an “establishment” Republican, last fall faulted Cruz as well as House Republicans for the government shutdown that politically hurt the GOP more than President Barack Obama and the Democrats.
Still, Cruz, in New Hampshire for two days as he looks to help the GOP in 2014 and possibly begin to lay the groundwork for his own presidential run following the mid-term elections, was welcomed into the Sununu home in Hampton Falls Sunday morning.
Sununu confirmed the meeting in an interview, but understandably avoided detailed discussion of the private conversation between the two.
“Let’s put it this way,” Sununu told the NH Journal, “we didn’t talk about anything serious. It was a ‘glad to meet you’ kind of thing, and if he in the end comes back to New Hampshire, he knows he has a place he can stop by for a free cup of coffee.
“It was really no more than that,” Sununu said. “They called and asked if he could stop by and of course I’m willing to meet with any and all Republicans at any time. We really just had a nice friendly talk.”
Sununu, the former White House chief of staff and former three-term governor, was a prime surrogate for Mitt Romney in 2012.
The candidate he may end up endorsing in 2016 is a question for another today. But on this day, it was a just friendly cup of coffee with Ted Cruz.
Cruz, who spoke to the Carroll County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday night, was scheduled for a private meeting with activists Sunday afternoon before keynoting a private reception for the conservative advocacy Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire in Manchester.
See our story on our interview with Cruz, first published on Thursday, elsewhere on NHJournal.com.