New Hampshire’s former GOP Sen. Ayotte will ‘definitely’ look at 2022 bid, sources say

New Hampshire’s former GOP Sen. Ayotte will ‘definitely’ look at 2022 bid, sources say

Former
Sen.
Kelly
Ayotte
was
back
in
the
political
spotlight
this
week.

The
Republican
from

New
Hampshire,
who
served
as
the
Granite
State’s
attorney
general
before
winning
election
to

the
Senate
in
2010,
testified
on
Thursday
in
support
of
the
state’s
current
GOP
attorney
general’s
nomination
for
state
supreme
court
chief
justice.

It’s
the
latest
example
of
Ayotte
increasing
her
political
profile
over
the
past
year.


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Then-Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire speaks to reporters during her 2016 re-election campaign.

Then-Sen.
Kelly
Ayotte
of
New
Hampshire
speaks
to
reporters
during
her
2016
re-election
campaign.

And
it
comes
amid
mounting
speculation
over
whether
she
will
launch
a
Republican
challenge
against
Democratic

Sen.
Maggie
Hassan,
who
as
the
state’s
incumbent
governor
in
2016
defeated
Ayotte
by
a
razor-thin
margin
of
just
1,017
votes.

There’s
also
speculation
that
Ayotte
might run
for
New
Hampshire governor if
current,
popular
three-term
GOP

Gov.
Chris
Sununu decides
to
seek
the
Senate
seat
or
decides
not
to
run
for
elective
office
in
2022.

“Given
how
well
regarded
she
was
as
a
senator
by
both
parties
and
given
how
close
the
race
was
last
time,
I
think
she
will
definitely
look
at
the
Senate
race,”
a
political
consultant
inside
Ayotte’s
orbit
told
Fox
News
on
Friday.


NEW
HAMPSHIRE
GOV.
SUNUNU
IN
NO
RUSH
TO
MAKE
2022
DECISIONS

“Whether
she
decided
to
run
for
the
Senate
or
perhaps
considered
running
for
governor,
I
think
she’ll
be
a
terrific
candidate
and
a
terrific
public
servant,”
added
the
consultant,
who
asked
to
remain
anonymous
to
speak
more
freely.

As
Republicans
aim
to
win
back
the
majority
in
the
chamber
from
the
Democrats
in
2022,
they’ll
be
defending
20
of
the
34
seats
up
for
grabs
in
the
next
midterm
elections.
As
they
play
plenty
of
defense,
the
National
Republican
Senatorial
Committee
— the
reelection
arm
of
Senate
Republicans

also
sees
Arizona,
Georgia,
Nevada and
New
Hampshire
as
potential
pick-up
opportunities
to
flip
a
blue
seat
red.
And
Sununu
and
Ayotte
are
both
on
the
radar
of
national
Republicans.

Sununu
told
Fox
News
last
month
that
he
wouldn’t
have
a
decision
on
his
political
future
for
months,
saying
at
the
time: “I
really
don’t
have
any
set
timetable.”

“I’m
sure
she’ll
have
discussions
with
Chris
Sununu,”
the
consultant
told
Fox
News.
“They’re
friends
and
they’re
two
great
Republicans.
They’ll
figure
it
out.”

Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire holds a coronavirus pandemic briefing

Gov.
Chris
Sununu
of
New
Hampshire
holds
a
coronavirus
pandemic
briefing


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HINTS
AT
POLITICAL
COMEBACK
AS
HE
DEPARTS
WHITE
HOUSE

A
separate
GOP
strategist
close
to
the
former
senator
noted
that
after
losing
the
2016
election,
Ayotte
“focused
on
her
family
and
figuring
out
career
work
and
business
work…
I
think
that’s
natural
that
after
you
lose
an
election,
you
first
focus
on
getting
your
bearings
and
figuring
out
your
life
as
a
private
citizen.”

But
the
strategist, who
also
asked
for
anonymity
to
speak
more
freely,
emphasized
that
“here
in
these
last
elections,
she
worked
hard
for
Republican
candidates
in
New
Hampshire
and
around
the
country.”

Ayotte’s
increased
visibility
is
also
putting
her
back
on
the
New
Hampshire
Democratic
Party’s
(NHDP)
radar.

In
November,
the
state
Democratic
Party
spotlighted
on
Twitter
an
interview
Ayotte
gave
on
Fox
News
regarding
then-President
Trump’s
refusal
to
concede
the
presidential
election
to
Joe
Biden.

“Kelly
Ayotte
went
on
Fox
and
said
‘the
president
will
make
his
own
decision’
about
whether
to
accept
the
results
of
the
election

enabling
Trump’s
attacks
on
our
democratic
system
and
putting
her
own
political
interests
ahead
of
the
well-being
of
our
country,”
the
NHDP
tweeted.

And
last
week,
following
the
attack
on
the
U.S.
Capitol,
state
Democratic
party
chair
Ray
Buckley
charged
that
“Kelly
Ayotte’s
silence
on
the
domestic
terrorist
attack
at
the
Capitol,
incited
by
President
Trump,
and
the
death
of
two
Capitol
Police
officers,
reinforces
that
she
will
always
put
her
own
political
interests
ahead
of
the
well-being
of
our
country.”

Ayotte’s
history
with
Trump
is
complicated.
During
a
debate
with
Hassan
in
the
2016
general
election,
Ayotte
called
Trump
a
role
model,
but
quickly
reversed
herself.
She
broke
off
her
support
of
the
then-GOP
presidential
nominee
after
Trump’s
controversial
2005
“Access
Hollywood”
comments
surfaced.

Political
pundits
have
pointed
to
her
distancing
from
Trump
just
ahead
of
the
2016
election
as
a
contributing
factor
in
her
narrow
defeat.

But
Ayotte
served
as
a
so-called
“Sherpa”
for
Neil
Gorsuch
after
then-President
Trump
in
early
2017
nominated
the
federal
appeals
court
judge
to
the
Supreme
Court.

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