Skip to comments.New Hampshire: Ex-Sen. John Sununu Could Eye Comeback
Posted on 06/12/2012 3:37:40 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Former Sen. John Sununu (R) will headline an afternoon fundraiser on June 23 for the New Hampshire GOP. The appearance has caught notice among Granite State Republicans as a possible first step back into electoral politics, perhaps to challenge to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) in 2014.
Should Sununu run, it would be a rematch of his 2008 race with Shaheen. The former governor beat Sununu after he had served just one Senate term, joining the ranks of many other Democrats who won that year in what was a wave election for the party.
In March, Shaheens office confirmed to Fosters Daily Democrat that she plans to run for re-election, despite raising very little money at this point in her first term.
So far in this cycle, Shaheen has raised about $265,000, and she had about $150,000 in cash on hand at the end of the first quarter.
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Sununu vs. Shaheen III in 2014? Could be. Sununu was one the smartest U.S. Senators in the chamber and his defeat was a big loss (same applied to Jim Talent).
Wasn’t Sununu the one who convinced a R president that David Souter would be a great Supreme Court Justice?
Sununu, Shaheen and Rama-lama-ding-dong?
No thanks. The Sununu clan used to be pretty conservative. But this IS the S.O.B. who gave us David Souter, with assurances that he was a pro-life conservative.
Let’s see...trading a Democrat for a liberal RINO.....BFD.
Sununu gave us Souter.
No thanks. Keep him as far away from Romney as possible.
No, that was his Dad.
You're right. John H. was responsible for Souter. John E. is the Sununu in the article. Nevertheless, to paraphrase Jesse "Stay out da Sununus".
I’m not sure who else has the name ID. We have no Governor at present to challenge her (although Ovide Lamontagne looks to be the next Governor, but he ran against Shaheen way back in 1996 and lost) and of the 2 Congressmen, Bass is too weak and too liberal (and his moonbat rodent opponent has outraised him by over 40% this year, not a good sign for his reelection) and I don’t know how strong Frank Guinta is.
“The Sununu clan used to be pretty conservative. But this IS the S.O.B. who gave us David Souter, with assurances that he was a pro-life conservative.”
John E. Sununu had a very conservative voting record in the House and Senate. Over his 12 years in Congress (six in each house), his lifetime ACU rating was 90.89, which was a tad higher than Newt Gingrich’s lifetime rating. And Sununu voted 100% pro-life: http://nchla.org/keyresults.asp?state=&locale=checkcongper&congper=Sununu&zip=&plusfour=&year=2003&year2=2009&issue=&terms=-1&bills=-1&vote=&displaysize=10&displaystarts=1&displaystarth=1&submit=Search+Key+Votes&displaystarts=11&displaystarts=21&displaystarts=1
But, yeah, his dad messed up when he recommended a home-state jurist whom he had heard for years from Senator Rudman was a judicial conservative (remember, Souter had been on President Reagan’s shortlist for SCOTUS after Bork’s confirmation was defeated by the Senate), so just go ahead and reflexively oppose Senator Sununu. It’s so much easier to call someone a RINO with no evidence than it is actually to look into his record (and have to make sure you don’t confuse him with his dad). Reading is hard.
“Wasnt Sununu the one who convinced a R president that David Souter would be a great Supreme Court Justice?”
No, that was his father, who is also named John Sununu.
I hope that Lamontagne wins the governorship this year, but even if he does 2014 would be too soon for him to run for the Senate. Bass is terrible, and I am loathe to support him for anything—the only reason I don’t oppose his reelection is because no viable conservative is running against him in the primary, and even Bass is better than the Democrat moonbat that’s opposing him. As for Guinta, he should beat Carol “Che” Porter again this year and might be a decent option to take on Shaheen, but I’m not certain he’d be ideal. We already used our AG card with Ayotte winning the other senate seat in 2010, so our bench is indeed rather thin in NH. John E. Sununu might be our best bet to take that seat back in 2014.
“But this IS the S.O.B. who gave us David Souter, with assurances that he was a pro-life conservative.”
No, that was his father, John Sununu, Sr.
“No, that was his father, who is also named John Sununu.”
Thanks for clarifying that.
I think it was this one's Dad who did that. And, to be clear, this one's no fire-breathing conservative, either. He ain't bad for New England, though.
I remember him as one of the supporting actors in “Naked Gun.”
It’d be great if Sununu could take the seat back, but I’m still amazed he didn’t pull a Slade Gorton and run for the other Senate seat when it opened, or even his old House seat if he wished. Most rematches I’ve seen rarely result in a change of winner - Boschwitz vs. Wellstone in 90 and 96, for example.
I think one reason why he didn’t try for a comeback in 2010 is because the candidates were already largely set. Ayotte was going to be the Senate nominee and in the 1st (Sununu’s old seat), the Manchester Mayor, Frank Guinta, would be the House nominee. If anything, he could’ve taken a run for Governor against Lynch.
As for Boschwitz vs. Wellstone, Wellstone had recovered from his absolutely abominable approval ratings early in his term and Boschwitz couldn’t seem to catch a break. Had that race occurred in 1994, Wellstone would’ve been toast.
I know one rematch that saw a different result: Shaheen vs. Sununu in 2008 . . . .
Funny story, back in 2002 my dad thought it was Sununu Sr. that was running for Senate. When he won I had to tell him “no it’s his son.”.
I agree, no way Lamontagne, if he is elected Governor will run for the Senate after a singe 2-year term. And if he loses of course he should get the message and not run for office anymore. (And if he loses a possible dark horse VP selection of Ayotte would look like crap)
Bass, I don’t need to say anything.
Polling last month by PPP showed Gunita BEHIND Che Porter by 4 points (and Bass tied, that one I believe), a “ WMUR Granite State Poll” poll 2 months ago showed Che Porter up by 5. I had forgotten that Che-Porter wasn’t her real name.
PPP is a rat firm you sometimes can’t trust and I never heard of the other people, so I’m not exactly buying it, but it’s fair to assume his reelection won’t be a layup. No idea why he should be trailing.
There’s the PPP poll, I smell fish.
I’m not inclined toward dynasty politicians or retreads but at this juncture completing the trilogy sounds like the best bet to reclaim that seat from the Leninists. Sununu Jr. was an OK Senator. I wonder how many times the major party nominees for a Senate seat have been the same two people three times in a row, I’d bet this wouldn’t be the first time but maybe.
There may be someone else out there (I hadn’t heard of Ayotte until she ran) but I don’t know who that would be.
As far as Sununu Sr. rematching again with Shaheen goes: I guess.
Good tale about your Dad and the Sununus.
I don't think Glove will go with Ayotte as VP. Two Northerners on the same ticket? Plus the RAT governor would name a replacement. Nopers.
“There may be someone else out there (I hadnt heard of Ayotte until she ran) but I dont know who that would be.”
He's stayed out of elected politics for ~15 years, but former governor Steve Merrill would be a fine candidate IMO. Served two terms as governor, little to no negatives mentioned about him.
Steve Merrill will be 68 in 2014, a bit long in the tooth to jump into a Senate career (and that will have been 20 years since he last ran a race). I’m not sure he even resides in NH, his bio says he works for a Boston company.
Merrill, there’s the name I hadn’t thought of, I didn’t know he was that old though. He as at least mentioned as a possible candidate for the Gregg seat, I don’t know if really considered it.
As to Ayotte, I agree she is an unlikely choice but her name is being thrown out there. If Lamontague is elected Governor as he should be, she would wait till he takes office in early Jan before resigning. If the rat won we would be screwed, which is a reason not to pick her.