Tea Party favorite Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will return to New Hampshire for the first time since the fall of 2012 on March 14 for a “grassroots training” session being hosted by the state Republican Party.
Like many other Republicans, Walker has been considering a presidential run, and last week said “it’s pretty hard to make an argument” in favor of Mitt Romney being elected President in 2016.
Walker, who fended off a recall election 2012 after introducing budget-cutting measures and limiting collective bargaining for public employees, has been viewed as a rising star in the GOP – especially among Tea Party elements — since that time.
As a governor considered a “maverick” by many Republicans, Walker is viewed as a potentially strong and serious contender for the GOP presidential nomination, should he run. His visit to the Granite State is sure to attract a wide range of national media attention. Walker will be in Iowa on Saturday, along with several other potential GOP presidential contenders, for a “Freedom Summit” co-sponsored by Citizens United.
NHGOP chairman Jennifer Horn confirmed Walker’s appearance at a “2016 Kickoff Grassroots Training” event at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, saying, “He has proven that he is not afraid to stand up to the liberal establishment and fight for conservative principles, no matter the consequence.”
Walker says in the NHGOP announcement: “We have enacted bold, successful reforms in Wisconsin and we have a great story to tell,” Governor Walker said. “I look forward to sharing our common sense conservative message with grassroots activists, and I thank the New Hampshire GOP for this exciting opportunity.”
The NHGOP web site describes the event: “A panel discussion led by NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn will include top New Hampshire activists and political leaders. Topics of discussion will be growing the grassroots, building for victory in 2016, effective messaging and communication and holding a successful political event.”
Walker was last in the state in September 2012 to keynote the NHGOP’s convention.