Tea partier Kimball to run for GOP chair

Setting up a classic outsider vs. establishment matchup, Tea Party leader and seacoast businessman Jack Kimball will seek the chairmanship of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, according to a small Granite State blog with ties to Kimball.

Kimball’s entry into the race will pit him against the establishment choice, Juliana Bergeron of Cheshire County. Bergeron is backed by Gov. John Sununu, the current chairman of the party.

Kimball broke the news on the blog Granite Grok.

“Jack Kimball is now making it official – he is now in the race to become the next NH GOP Chair,” writes blogger Skip Murphy, who reported having just spoken to Kimball on Monday evening.

The news comes after Sununu’s son James Sununu suddenly pulled out of the race and while conservative operative Mike Biundo weighs whether or not to enter.

Both Kimball and Biundo are on NH Journal’s “New Hampshire Fifty” list.

Kimball ran unsuccessfully in the 2010 Republican primary for governor.

WMUR’s James Pindell has more.

UPDATE: Breaking internet reports are indicating that incoming NH House Speaker Bill O’Brien will endorse Kimball tomorrow. NH Journal has contacted O’Brien for official confirmation and will update accordingly.

Author: Shawn Millerick

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  • Patjhynes

    It will be interesting to see if Kimball’s effort catches fire among Tea Party activists nationwide. Taking over the party apparatus in the first-in-the-nation state in a primary year would be an enormous coup for the Tea Party.