As the parade of likely presidential candidates continues in New Hampshire this week and next, another big name has confirmed his appearance at the NHGOP’s “First-in-the-National Leadership Summit’ next month.
Donald Trump, already slated to be in the state on Thursday this week, will be back to speak to the summit on the morning of April 17. News of Trump’s confirmation was first reported on Twitter by the New Hampshire Journal.
“With the number of potential presidential candidates speaking at our First-in-the-Nation Republican Leadership Summit now at over a dozen, this exciting two-day gathering is shaping up to be the premier event of the year,” said NHGOP chair Jennifer Horn. “We’re very pleased with how this event has grown into what will be an unprecedented lineup. We are looking forward to greeting all speakers and welcoming them to our great state.”
But before the April event, Trump is scheduled to appear at the Amherst home of state Rep. Steve Stepanek on Thursday evening to speak with New Hampshire House Republicans and other conservative activists in the first of a series of candidate meetings organized by Reps. Bill O’Brien and Stepanek.
Meanwhile, former New York Gov. George Pataki returned to the state today and began with a lunch with about 30 Seacoast area business leaders in Portsmouth, followed by a tour of Silvertech in Manchester in mid-afternoon.
Early Tuesday morning, Pataki and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham will keynote the annual St. Patrick’s Day “Wild Irish Breakfast” benefitting the PLUS Company, at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua. Pataki at 12 noon tomorrow will have lunch at the American Legion Hall in Nashua.
Following Trump’s visit on Thursday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul returns on Friday to speak at internet services firm Dyn in Manchester at 12:30 p.m. and that evening, the Carroll County Lincoln Day Dinner at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway. Paul will be back in southern New Hampshire on Saturday, March 21, to host a meet-and-greet and a question-and-answer session at the Beantown Coffee House, 201 Route 111, Hampstead Commons, at 12 noon.
The event will be hosted by state Sen. Regina Birdsell, R-Hampstead.
And also on March 21, he will , hold a question-and-answer session at Epoch Restaurant in Exeter and appear at a “meet-and-greet” hosted by state Sen. Kevin Avard at Fulchino Vineyard in Hollis.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich makes his first visit of the cycle to the state on Tuesday, March 24, to speak at a “Politics and Eggs” breakfast at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and then at the Concord City and Merrimack County GOP’s “Politics and Pies” event at the Showshoe Club in Concord at 630 p.m.