FRIDAY, JAN. 23: RUBIO RETURNING. Activity on the Republican side of the presidential primary scene in New Hampshire ramped up in a big way this week. We reported exclusively that a key associate of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is reaching out and inquiring about operatives in the state who may be interesting in being part of a presidential campaign.
We also reported exclusively that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to come to New Hampshire on Feb. 16 to keynote the Merrimack County/Concord City Republican Committees’ Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at the Grappone Center.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL. Back in late February?
Sandwiched between those reports was news that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be in the state on March 14 for a NHGOP “2016 Kickoff Grassroots Training” event at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord. And former New York Gov. George Pataki will make his second visit to the state in just more than two week next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Granite Reports has learned that another likely presidential contender is expected to return to the state in February.
ABC News reported on Friday that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has also begun taking “concrete steps” toward a presidential candidacy including a fundraising trip next week and a book tour to early primary states in February.
Sources tell us that although the visit has yet to be confirmed, Rubio is tentatively planning the New Hampshire leg of that tour for the week of Feb. 23. ABC reported he is expected to be in Iowa on Feb. 13.
(For more of this week’s Granite Reports, visit NHJournal.com on Saturday morning.)