Corey Lewandowski, who managed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2015 and into much of 2016, will not run for Senate in New Hampshire after “seriously” weighing a potential bid, he said Tuesday.
He announced his decision in a Twitter post, citing his family and his intent to work for Trump’s reelection in 2020 as reasons for taking a pass on the race.
He added that he plans to endorse one of the Republican candidates vying to challenge incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), with the aim of electing someone “who will put our citizens first and not illegal aliens; one who will support pro-growth policies to keep the Trump economy strong.”
Trump in August had all but endorsed Lewandowski for a potential run, raising concerns among some GOP leaders wary of Trump getting involved in Senate races in states where he isn’t overwhelmingly popular. Trump lost New Hampshire by a close margin to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
In his August remarks at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, where Lewandowski and his family were in the audience, Trump praised his former aide as “tough” and “smart” and said he “would be fantastic” as a senator.
During Trump’s presidential campaign, the longtime New Hampshire political operative was known for his aggressive demeanor, including assaulting a reporter at a campaign rally to keep her away from Trump.
After being forced out of the campaign in June after that incident, Lewandowski started a Washington-based lobbying firm, in direct contradiction to his former boss’ promise to “drain the swamp.”
Lewandowski was also a figure in the House impeachment inquiry this fall, refusing to answer questions from House lawmakers about his interactions with Trump, at the direction of the White House.
Shaheen, a former New Hampshire governor, was first elected to the Senate in 2008. In winning reelection in 2014, she defeated a high-profile GOP challenger ― Scott Brown, who after losing the Massachusetts Senate seat he had won in a special election switched states in another bid for office.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article said Scott Brown had been appointed to the Massachusetts Senate seat. He won it in a special election.
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