New Hampshire elections, even local ones, have a way of attracting the attention of national figures, especially those thinking of running for President.
So it should come as no surprise that at least two potential Republican presidential candidates telephoned state Rep. Bill O’Brien this week after he was nominated as Speaker of the New Hampshire House by the new majority Republican caucus. He is expected to be formally elected Speaker on Dec. 3.
Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that he called to congratulate O’Brien.
“I have a lot of respect for Speaker O’Brien,” Trump emailed the New Hampshire Journal, “and called to congratulate him. I was honored to support him.”
Also calling O’Brien was Texas Gov. Rick Perry, according to Michael Dennehy, the New Hampshire adviser to Perry’s policy group, Americans for Economic Freedom.
O’Brien’s impending election as speaker will put him in a key position to make an endorsement in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, should he choose to do so.
During his previous stint as speaker, O’Brien backed former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential primary.