TUESDAY: APRIL 8: U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown has picked up the endorsement of former Executive Councilor Ray Wieczorek.
Also a former Manchester mayor, Wieczorek said Brown “has the best chance of winning the seat in November.”
TUESDAY, APRIL 8: The conservative advocacy group Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire went on the air with a new radio ad Tuesday. The ad uses audio from a recent Shaheen telephone town hall, in which she voiced support for the Affordable Care Act and said, “we are beginning to see some positive results.”
The Shaheen campaign said it was an example of the third party ads that would be limited if Brown signed the “People’s Pledge.” He has refused to do so.
TUESDAY, APRIL 8: U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter has asked the two GOP candidates running for the 1st District U.S. House seat nomination to sign her own version of a “People’s Pledge.” It would have her and the Republicans jointly call on outside groups to stay out of the race.
TUESDAY, APRIL 8: SENATE CAMPAIGN UPDATES. Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown continues to be the focus on the web this morning, pro and con.
Brown’s campaign released a web video containing testimonials from several supporters asking him to run.
Meanwhile, Politico’s “Morning Score” reports that the state Democratic Party has posted on BuzzFeed the “10 Things You Don’t Do If You Want To Be New Hampshire’s Senator.”
Also a new poll commissioned by the Republican Governors Association and reported by the Weekly Standard shows Brown with a lead over Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, 49 to 44 percent. It is the first poll showing Brown with a lead.
MONDAY, APRIL 7: GOP STAFF EXPANSION: Watch for a significant expansion of the state Republican Party staff in the coming weeks as five new field staffers and a data director are added, courtesy of the Republican National Committee.
MONDAY, APRIL 7: NEW LAMBERT CAMPAIGN MANAGER: Second District U.S. House candidate Gary Lambert has a new campaign manager.
Josh Davidson had been deputy press secretary in the office of U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri. He worked in New Hampshire during the 2012 presidential primary campaign first for Tim Pawlenty and, after Pawlenty dropped out of the race, for Rick Perry, as a field representative in Belknap, Carrol, Coos, Grafton, and Rockingham counties.
MONDAY, APRIL 7: GUINTA ENDORSEMENTS: First District congressional candidate Frank Guinta today released the names off 25 officials and activists he said have endorsed his campaign.
They include Reps. Bob Introne of Londonderry, Keith Murphy of Bedford, Tony Pellegrino of Merrimack, Dan Tamburello of Londonderry, Keith Murphy of Bedford and Joseph Hagan of Chester, as well as several former state representatives and local officials.
MONDAY, APRIL 7: KENNEY OUTSPENT, BUT WINS. The final campaign finance reports for the District 1 Executive Council special election are in and show that the winner, Republican Joe Kenney, was outspent by Democrat Michael Cryans by nearly a 3-1 margin.
Cryans spent $133,666 to Kenney’s $46,646. Each ended up with a surplus of about $9,000.
SUNDAY, APRIL 6: CATALDO FOR SMITH. With Scott Brown now formally in the race for the U.S. Senate, a contest emerging on the GOP side is whether one of the other three candidates will emerge as the chief conservative challenger to the former Massachusetts senator.
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith will make a bid for that distinction tomorrow when he formally rolls out a list of endorsements by 21 current and former elected officials who are well known in conservative circles.
Heading the list are state Sen. Sam Cataldo of Farmington, along with former state Sen. Sheila Roberge of Bedford, former Executive Council David Wheeler of Milford and former state Republican chairman David Gosselin.
Smith’s campaign says the current state House members backing Smith are Reps. Ralph Boehm of Litchfield, Tim Comerford of Fremont, Steve Beaudoin and Laura Jones of Rochester, Larry Gagne and Kathy Souza of Manchester, Jeanine Notter of Merrimack, Jane Cormier of Alton, Fred Rice of Hampton, Dan Itse of Fremont, Bob Willette and Gary Daniels of Milford and Moe Villeneuve of Bedford.
Also backing Smith are former state Reps. David Scott of Dover, David Welch of Kingston, Mike Gilman of Littleton and Carlos Gonzalez of Manchester.
Roberge said she has known Smith “for 35 years and know that he is a solid conservative with a proven track record of standing up for our values,” while Wheeler called him “”one of the most principled men I have ever met.”
Gosselin said Smith “will put principle over politics and a leader who will unite the conservative base in the tradition of President Reagan.”
Also Sunday, NHJournal.com has learned that Smith has parted ways with his campaign manager, Sam Pimm, due to what Smith would describe only as a private matter. He has yet to name a successor.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 3: RUBENS’ DOZEN: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rubens has announced the endorsements of 12 “liberty activists.”
The Rubens campaign says the endorsements, combined with past endorsements, “demonstrate diverse, rapidly growing, and broad-based support” and that he is making the Senate primary a two-person race between him and Scott Brown.
The activists are Tom Barton, Washington; Jenn Coffey, Andover; Aaron Day, Bedford; Sam Eaton, Enfield; former state Sen. Jim Forsythe, Strafford; Deb Johnson, Concord; George Johnson, Weare; Rep. George Lambert, Litchfield; Ron Noyes, Contoocook; Eric Schlelen, Hudson; Jason Sorens, Lebanon, and Bill Walker, Plainfield.
Rubens said the endorsements show “New Hampshire voters want a committed conservative who will advance liberty and bring thoughtful solutions to Washington.”