Trump allies consider Lewandowski challenge to New Hampshire senator
Donald Trump’s allies are thinking of running his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, against Democratic New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen in 2020, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Shaheen, the first woman to serve as both a governor and U.S. senator, is regarded by Republicans as potentially vulnerable because of her competitive re-election in 2014. Lewandowski said he’s looking at the race “very seriously.”
Trump hasn’t yet indicated whether he would support a bid by Lewandowski, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions weren’t public.
Lewandowksi has remained a confidant of the president despite being fired from his campaign prior to his election, and is a frequent visitor to the White House and aboard Air Force One.
After the election, Lewandowski co-founded Avenue Strategies, a lobbying firm, which he left in 2017. He now runs his own consulting firm and advises for Turnberry Solutions, without registering as a lobbyist.
Lewandowski has previously run for office – one time in Massachusetts and another in New Hampshire – but was unsuccessful.
Shaheen was elected to the Senate in 2008 after having served as New Hampshire’s governor from 1997 to 2003 and before that as a state senator.
Bill O’Brien, a former Republican New Hampshire House speaker, has already announced he will seek the Republican nod to challenge Shaheen, as has Retired Brigadier General Don Bolduc.
New Hampshire radio station WMUR reported earlier on Thursday that Lewandowksi was being discussed as a potential challenger to Shaheen.