John DiStaso's Granite Status: Sen Ted Cruz added to 'Freedom Summit' lineup
The official announcement was made by the two advocacy groups Wednesday morning. The event, already sold out, is slated for April 12 at the Executive Court in Manchester.
Iowa U.S. Rep. Steve King is also expected, but has not yet formally announced. ee our item below.
Greg Moore, state director of Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire, said Wednesday,
"Adding Senator Cruz to the Freedom Summit reinforces that this is the 'must attend' political event of the year in New Hampshire. On April 12, the center of the political universe will be right here in Manchester. The Americans for Prosperity Foundation and Citizens United are looking for ways to allow more people to participate in the event, given the extraordinary demand that will only be growing over the next few weeks as we add more of the top conservative voices in the country to what is already a phenomenal speakers list."
Meanwhile, 2012 presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has been added to the lineup at the NHGOP's Northeast Republican Leadership Conference March 14 and 15 in Nashua.
(Earlier Granite Status reports follow.)
The polling firm, from Texas, says at the end of the calls that it is polling on behalf of Innis and in the meantime tests a few potentially controversial points about Innis and Republican primary foe Frank Guinta.
Essentially, the voters are being asked whether they approved of Guinta being a "career politician." There is also mention of crime in Manchester during his tenure as mayor and the fact that he was once being late paying a sewer bill. A few votes he made as New Hampshire House member were also mentioned, and his congressional voting record was compared to that of conservative Minnesota Rep Michele Bachmann.
The callers also tested the fact that Innis is openly gay and that he was a dean of the business school at the University of New Hampshire.
TUESDAY, FEB. 11: HEMINGWAY'S STEERING COMMITTEE. Republican candidate for governor Andrew Hemingway has rolled out a campaign steering committee chock full of conservative politicians and businessmen.
Heading the list is former U.S. Sen. Gordon Humphrey, who has also lined up with U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rubens.
Also on Hemingway's committee are businessmen Ray Pinard, Sarah Ponn and Bill Ninteau of Manchester, Harold Turner of Concord, Mike Hartwick of Bedford, Phil Bean, who is also a Hampton selectman, Biz Corrow of Exeter and Don Gobin.
Others backing Hemingway are Cliff Hurst and Jeff Frost, both former Manchester Republican Committee chairmen; former state Sen. Jim Luther of Hollis, state Reps. Emily Sandblade of Manchester, Laura Jones of Rochester and John Burt of Goffstown, former state Commissioner of Employment Security Richard Brothers of Sanbornton, former Libertarian Party candidate for governor John Babiarz of Grafton and Goffstown GOP activist Pamela Manney.
(The full Sunday, Feb. 9 Granite Status follows.)
SUNDAY, FEB. 9: DOLLARS AND MORE DOLLARS. With recent polling showing both of the state's Democratic U.S. House members in trouble, they have at least one thing going for them - fundraising.
That's especially true for Rep. Annie Kuster, but even Carol Shea-Porter, not known as a big fundraiser, is ahead of her GOP challengers, as well.
Of course, individual candidate fundraising is less important in this post-Citizens United era than it had been previously. The big money comes from the parties, the SuperPACs and the issue advocacy groups.
In the 2nd District, Kuster, after raising $335,000 in the fourth quarter and $1.36 million since being elected in November 2012, entered 2014 with $1.06 million on hand.
Kuster far out-raised her two Republican challengers, who, in fairness, entered the race relatively recently.Gary Lambert, who announced for the office last September, raised $71,000 in the fourth quarter and $245,000 since entering the race.
And Lambert entered the year with $218,500 on hand.Marilinda Garcia, who only filed her candidacy papers and began raising money in late November, reported raising $42,000, with all but $1,000 of it from individuals.
In the 1st District, Shea-Porter, after raising $160,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $542,000 since being elected and returned to the seat in November 2012, entered the year with $357,389 on hand.
Republican former Rep. Frank Guinta led primary foe newcomer Dan Innis in fundraising, but not by very much.
Of the total raised, $106,000, or 63 percent came from individuals while $62,000, or 37 percent, came from PACs.
Guinta's fundraising total is noteworthy because last fall, his campaign adviser told us the campaign had raised "over $200,000" for an event featuring U.S. Rep. and 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan - an event that had to be postponed due to Ryan's scheduling conflict brought about by the government shutdown.
So what about the "missing" $32,000?
The adviser, Ethan Zorfas, said it's not missing at all.
And by the way, Guinta's campaign still lists outstanding loan balances totaling $288,500 from personal loans he made to his campaign back during his successful 2010 campaign.
His campaign entered the year with $31,000 on hand.
BROWN FOR GUINTA. Scott Brown, who headlined a fund-raiser for Guinta in Portsmouth in November, last week penned a fundraising email for him as well.
In the email, Brown mentions that Guinta is a former Manchester mayor (but not that he is a former congressman) and calls him a "friend" and "the type of guy we need fighting for us against Washington."
THE LATEST ROUND. Democrats and the GOP continue to fight the fight that isn't - at least not yet: Jeanne Shaheen vs. Scott Brown for the U.S. Senate seat.
We first reported on Twitter last week that the National Republican Senatorial Committee was hitting Shaheen with a web ad based on her radio comment that you can keep your doctor and hospital under Obamacare if you are "willing to pay more.
The New Hampshire Democratic Party continued to criticize Scott Brown for renting his email list to a firm that used it and his name to send out an email touting a controversial doctor who has espoused theories at odds with scientific evidence.
Brown severed his ties with the vendor last Wednesday, but the state Democratic Party pressed on, saying Brown was "spreading misleading and dangerous" health-related information.
DEMOCRATIC NEWS. The NHDP's quarterly state committee meeting was held Saturday in Laconia.
District 1 Executive Council candidate Mike Cryans was the featured attraction and members were urged to get active in the campaign leading up to the March 11 special election.
It was the first Democratic State Committee meeting with Sean Doyle as party executive director. He was formally named to the post Jan. 22 after serving as acting executive director for several months.
Doyle is a Manchester native and a graduate of Franklin Pierce University, where he also served as the president of the College Democrats of New Hampshire.
-- State Sen. Donna Soucy, D-Manchester, will be at the White House this week for a welcome ceremony for French President Nicolas Hollande. Soucy is the top elected Franco-American in New Hampshire state government and is fluent in French.
CONSERVATIVE NEWS. Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire will continue its crusade against the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday with a "Real People, Real Stories" luncheon at the Concord Holiday Inn at noon.
-- Five hundred available free tickets were scooped up within 24 hours of the announcement last Wednesday of the "Freedom Summit" sponsored by the national AFP Foundation and Citizens United, AFP-NH state director Greg Moore says.
As we reported first, speakers will include Donald Trump, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. and Fox News talk show host Mike Huckabee, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks.