Mr. Sununu, whose father was a former White House governor and chief of staff and whose brother was a United States Senator, did not indicate whether he would run despite pleas from Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the leader. Republican, and others who I believe give them by far the best chance to take the seat as they fight for the majority. He has expressed some qualms about jumping into the Washington maelstrom, including losing the executive power that comes with being a governor to join a legislative body.
“I’m a manager, I’m an executive,” Governor Sununu said last week on the New Hampshire Journal podcast. “There are very few in Washington,” he said, adding that he also had to determine, “is this the right path for my family? I’ve got kids to go to college, and all that stuff.
Still, the bet in New Hampshire and Washington is that the governor, whose office turned down an interview request, will race, finding it too hard to resist the opportunity.
As for Mr Hassan, she said the governor’s plans were not a factor in themselves.
“I don’t know, and it doesn’t really change my job,” she said last week when asked if she thought Mr. Sununu would show up. “I am proud of what I have done and I will stand up for my cause in front of the people of New Hampshire.”
Although she may be low-key in Washington, Ms Hassan has been a fixture in New Hampshire politics for nearly two decades, serving in the State Senate as Majority Leader and twice winning races in the governor before toppling Kelly Ayotte, the outgoing Republican senator, by just over 1,000 votes in 2016. Her allies say Republicans have consistently underestimated Hassan, and likely will do so again.
“She’s got what it takes to win tough races, and it wasn’t just a tough race,” said Kathy Sullivan, former chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “She’s working really hard at it.”