CloseUp: DiStaso’s take on GOP Senate primary

CloseUp: DiStaso’s take on GOP Senate primary


ADAM: WELCOME BACK TO “CLOSE
UP.”
THIS WAS A BIG WEEKEND FOR
DEMOCRATS BEYOND THE SHEER
NUMBER OF CANDIDATES AND
ACTIVISTS AT THE CONVENTION. AND WE HAVE SOME THINGS TO TALK
ABOUT IN THE REPUBLICAN SENATE
PRIMARY AS WELL. WMUR POLITICAL REPORTER JOHN
DISTASO JOINS US NOW TO HELP
SORT THINGS OU
THE NHGOP IS REALLY TRYING TO
GAIN EQUAL FOOTING WITH THE NHDP
IN TERMS OF THE FUND-RAISING. CLEARLY, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE A
HUGE ADVANTAGE WITH THE
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS IN THE
STATE AND THE CONVICTION THAT
SOLD SO MANY TICKETS. WHERE DOES THE MONEY STAND NOW? JOHN: DEMOCRATS ARE FAR AHEAD. THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CASH IN
NOT ONLY ON THE TICKETS FROM
YESTERDAY’S CONVENTION BUT THEY
SOLD THEIR VOTER FILES AT
$100,000 EACH FOR MOST IF NOT
ALL OF THE CANDIDATES. THAT WILL HELP THEM, TOO. THERE’S A BIG DISPARITY. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS TRYING
TO GET ON EQUAL FOOTING. THEY ARE LOOKING TO WORK WITH
THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL
COMMITTEE TO BE ABLE TO PUT OUT
THE MESSAGE ON BEHALF OF
PRESIDENT TRUMP. I THINK WE WILL SEE MORE OF THAT
AS WE GET INTO THE NEXT YEAR. IT MAY NOT BE AS ONE-SIDED AS IT
LOOKS ULTIMATELY, THE RIGHT NOW
IS PRETTY ONE-SIDED ON PAPER. ADAM: THE CHAIRMAN HAS MADE IT A
PRIORITY. JOHN: HE HAS TIES WITH THE TRUMP
PEOPLE. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT. SOME OF THIS MAY WORK INTO THE
NEXT SUBJECT WHICH HAS TO DO
WITH THE SENATE RACE AND WHO IS
RUNNING AND WHO IS NOT. ADAM: WE KNOW COREY LEWANDOWSKI
WANTED TO CLEAR THE FIELD. BUT CORKY MESSNER JUST JUMPED
IN. BILL O’BRIEN AND DON BOLDUC
STAYED IN. DO YOU THINK THESE CAMPAIGNS ARE
SAYING, LET’S CALL HIS BLUFF? JOHN: I THINK THEY WERE REACTING
IN SOME WAYS TO COREY
LEWANDOWSKI’S ASSUMPTION THAT
THEY SHOULD GET OUT. I THINK THEY HAVE NO INTENTION
OF GETTING OUT. THEY MAY HAVE TO CONSIDER THAT
IF THE FUND-RAISING NUMBERS
BECOME SO ONE-SIDED ON BEHALF OF
COREY LEWANDOWSKI WHERE IT LOOKS
LIKE HE WOULD BE THE ULTIMATE
WINNER IN A PRIMARY. BUT NOW, I THINK THEY WILL STAY
IN, AT LEAST MOST OF THEM. I AM NOT SURE ABOUT ONE OF THEM. BUT I THINK AT LEAST TWO OF THEM
ARE GOING TO STAY IN, ESPECIALLY
MESSNER WHO JUST GOT IN AND
BOLDUC BEING A MILITARY GENERAL
AND LOVING THE BATTLE, I DON’T
THINK HE HAS ANY INTENTION OF LEAVING THE RACE. BILL O’BRIEN CONTINUES TO
CONSIDER HIMSELF THE ONLY TRUE
CONSERVATIVE IN THE RACE. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF
HE GOES AGAINST COREY
LEWANDOWSKI. THEY ARE FRIENDS. ADAM: HE HAS KEY SUPPORT. IT WILL BE AN INTERESTING
PRIMARY TO SEE THESE
CONSERVATIVES BATTLE. JOHN: IT WILL RAISE MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS. THAT WILL HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH
IT. WE WILL SEE WHEN THE MONEY IS
RECORDED AT THE END OF THIS
QUARTER, THAT MAY DETERMINE A
LOT IN TERMS OF WHETHER COREY
LEWANDOWSKI GETS IN. AND IF HE DOES, WE KNOW HE HAS A
LOT OF FUNDRAISING PROWESS
THROUGH THE TRUMP PEOPLE AND HIS
OWN CONTACTS. ADAM: THE SEASON IS CHANGING. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE
PRIMARY IN THE FALL? JOHN: WE ARE NOW GOING INTO THE
POINT WHERE THINGS BECOME MORE
SERIOUS IN TERMS OF REACHING OUT
BEYOND THE CORE ACTIVISTS. WHILE THE PEOPLE OF NEW
HAMPSHIRE ARE LATE DECIDERS,
THEY ARE NOT LATE TO THE
CONSERVATION ASPECT AND WILL BE
PAYING ATTENTION. I THINK THE CANDIDATES IF THEY
ARE SMART WILL BE COMING HERE
FAR MORE OFTEN THAN WE HAVE SEEN
IN THE PAST SUMMER. ADAM: A SLOW SUMMER, BUT IT WILL
PICK UP. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT STAR

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