February 10, 2011

IF GOVERNOR LYNCH DOESN'T RUN IT'LL BE A CROWDED FIELD:

Ovide's Stock On The Rise In New Hampshire (Sean Sullivan, February 1, 2011, Hotline)

[Ovide] Lamontagne, a Tea Party favorite, is quickly establishing himself as an early frontrunner for the 2012 Republican gubernatorial nomination, having already met with New Hampshire-based consultants about a possible run in 2012. He's also becoming as a major player in New Hampshire's 2012 Republican presidential primary.

"He's on the short list for 2012 in the gubernatorial race," said University of New Hampshire political scientist Dante Scala. [...]

But other Republicans such as state Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R) and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas (R) may also be in the gubernatorial picture come 2012, and Lamontagne may have to prove that he can win a race against other well-known Republicans, something he was not able to do in 2010.

And while Lamontagne may sometimes play the outsider card, he isn't new to politics, having run for governor back in 1996 and for the Senate last year.

"He is part of the establishment here. He was the legal counsel for the party for a long time," Pindell pointed out.

But for now, staying in the picture may be Lamontagne's goal, if he wants to keep his political options open.

"He knows his main challenge is how to continue to be relevant without a title," said Pindell.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 10, 2011 6:10 AM
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