Nikki Haley Gets Endorsement From New Hampshire’s Don Buldoc
🔴 Nikki Haley endorsed Don Buldoc in his U.S. Senate run and campaigned for him
🔴 Bolduc will return the favor and appear with her at appearances in Exeter & Manchester
🔴 New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Raymond Buckley said Haley is aligning herself with "extreme MAGA figures" just two days into her campaign.
Republican Don Bolduc will join newly announced presidential candidate Nikki Haley at her New Hampshire events on Thursday and Friday with an endorsement.
Haley, 51, will appear at Exeter Town Hall Thursday at 6 p.m. and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester on Friday evening. The former UN Ambassador announced her candidacy in a video Tuesday and called for voters to “put your trust in a new generation."
Bolduc, whom Haley endorsed in his U.S. Senate race against incumbent Maggie Hassan, will appear with her at both stops.
"I am proud to endorse @NikkiHaley for President of the United States! Nikki is exactly who we need leading our country out of the mess we are in," Bolduc said on his Twitter account. She also endorsed Matt Mowers in the 1st Congressional District primary which was won by Karoline Leavitt.
The NH Journal was first to report Bolduc's endorsement.
"Extreme MAGA Figures"
New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Raymond Buckley said Haley is aligning herself with "extreme MAGA figures" just two days into her campaign.
"Granite Staters are well aware of the election-denying, conspiracy theory-touting, anti-choice extremist Don Bolduc, and we made our disdain for him and his MAGA ideologies crystal clear last year. That’s the kind of person Nikki Haley wants to associate with, and New Hampshire voters will reject her extremism as well," Buckley said in a statement.
SNHU Civic Scholar and founder of NH Political Capital Dean Spiliotes isn't sure Donald Trump, the only other announced Republican for the 2024 Republican primary, would want Bolduc's endorsement.
"Trump is typically quick to jettison losing candidates, so it's not clear that he would even be looking for a Bolduc endorsement. Bolduc probably senses it would be better for him to move on to a different candidate, perhaps even a little politically rejuvenating," Spiliotes said.
No Love From Leavitt
Leavitt tweeted "warmonger Nikki" Wednesday, with a video of her comments on Newsmax about Haley's changing positions and needing to earn the trust of voters.
"She has a lot of work to do if she wants to earn the support and trust of Republican voters across this country who have watched her flip flop her positions on every issue from Trump to the war in Iraq to the efforts in Ukraine," Leavitt said.
Gov. Chris Sununu, who is considering his own run for president in 2024, is out of state Thursday night to address the Naples Republican Club in Naples, Florida. He returns to New Hampshire Friday.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH