Without mentioning his name, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kevin Smith is taking aim at frontrunner Ovide Lamontagne, calling him a “career politician” and “perennial candidate” in a new radio spot, his first.
“Career politicians and perennial candidates are full of empty rhetoric. Thankfully, there’s a bold new voice in the race for New Hampshire Governor. Kevin Smith ,” the ad reads.
This is Lamontagne’s fourth campaign for major office. He ran for Congress in 1992, Governor in 1996 and Senate in 2010. He was unsuccessful in each race. And in each campaign, Lamontagne was the underdog conservative upstart.
But in this primary, that role is being played by the aggressive Smith, while Ovide is now the favorite of the GOP establishment, though he also maintains tremendous goodwill among the state’s conservative activists.
Listen to the ad here: