First on NH1 News: Ohio Gov. Kasich makes a big move toward 2016 run
CONCORD - Ohio Gov. John Kasich Monday took a big step towards launching a 2016 Republican presidential run by launching a 527 group, NH1 News has learned.
And one of the biggest political names in New Hampshire is serving as a director on the new organization.
The new group is called New Day for America and one of the directors is former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu.
Kasich, who was just re-elected in a landslide last year to a second term as Ohio governor, also served 18 years as a congressman. Last month Kasich made his first visit to the first-in-the-nation primary state since he briefly ran for president in the 2000 cycle.
Kasich returned to the Granite State this past weekend, joining nearly 20 other GOP presidential candidates and potential contenders at a NHGOP Leadership Summit in Nashua that attracted nearly 700 Republican activists.
Kasich urged those in the audience to "think about me, would you. Don't commit too soon. Let us all have a chance to breath."
In an interview with NH1 News, Sununu said that Kasich's "an outstanding leader, he's an inspirational leader, a little unconventional some would say, but he's been so effective in so many different roles in Congress, as governor, and even in the private sector."
Sununu described the 527 as "an exploratory committee" and said "I'm pleased to be partof the leadership team."
"If he were a candidate I would support him," Sununu added.
Also serving as advisers on the 527 are Jo An Davidson, the former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and current Ohio RNC committeewoman, Phil Geier, former chairman and CEO of the Interpubilc Group of Companies, and Bruce Soll, senior vice president and counsel of L Brands.