The Washington Post reports that former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is “seriously” considering a run for the US Senate in New Hampshire.
“Jeanne Shaheen has failed the people of NH by voting in lock step with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi,” Lewandowski said. “The people of New NH deserve better. If I run, I would be a voice for all people of NH.”
We’ve to know Corey since his AFP days here in the Granite State, so this will be an interesting storyline to follow. Former presidential campaign manager and supporter of the dips his toe into New Hampshire’s Senate primary waters.
If I had to guess, there’s Trump support baked into a Lewandowski challenge. If so, that puts the current candidates on a much steeper slope to a primary victory. That’s not necessarily a Trump thing; it is a sitting President thing, but that Trump factor matters even more in 2020.
Democrats will use it as a negative, but as most of us know Trump supporters are not listening. There is also the problem of an economy that, despite the left’s insistence (with the media’s help), continues to benefit just about everyone.
“…employee compensation rose 4.5% in 2017 and 5% in 2018—some $4.4 billion and $87.1 billion more than previously reported. The trend has continued into 2019, with compensation increasing $378 billion or 3.4% in the first six months alone. Wages and salaries were revised upward to 5.3% from 3.6% in May year over year. And in June wages and salaries grew at an annual rate of 5.5%, which is a rocking 4.1% after adjusting for inflation.” …
Personal savings estimates were also increased by $217 billion for the last two years and are now $1.3 trillion, which means Americans are socking away more of their earnings.
Minorities, lower-wage workers, regular folks with families, and kitchen tables have more money and are saving it. Add to that this gut punch to the Left’s tax cut for corporate cronies narrative.
“…Employee compensation has increased by $150 billion more in the first six months of 2019 than all of 2016. Compensation increased 42% more during the first two years of the Trump Presidency than in 2015 and 2016. This refutes the claim by liberals that the economy has merely continued on the same trajectory since 2017 as it was before,” the paper said.
“Corporate after-tax profits increased by about $220 billion between 2016 and 2018 while employee compensation swelled nearly $1 trillion. Corporate profits declined 2.9% in the first quarter of 2019 even as wages grew at an annual rate of 10.1%. This sure sounds like an economy that is benefiting the 99%,” the board continued.
If Lewandowski enters this race, he probably gets the benefit of all of that and then some which must be a strong motivator. And while other candidates may be able to lay claim to supporting the President, Lewandowski helped get the man elected.
I’m not praising or endorsing anyone here just pointing out what appears obvious. A Lewandowski vs. Shaheen general election presents the possibility of a well-known Trump supported candidate who might be able to bring enough money to the race to make Shaheen sweat.
That’s no reason to go with Corey if he runs. But I’ve heard a lot of people suggest that Shaheen has no reason (yet) to fear the current crop of contenders. It’s early, so that’s not a fair assessment. But if those folks believe Lewandowski is a candidate that can take that Senate seat back from Jeanne Shaheen that takes up a lot of slack.
We’ll be watching.