Jun 29, 2016 10:24 PM
FIRST on NH1 News: Trump to give speech today at former Sylvania plant in Manchester
NH1 News Political Director
CONCORD – Donald Trump will travel to the shuttered Sylvania plant in Manchester on Thursday to argue that free trade deals have bled jobs from America’s manufacturing sector.
NH1 News was first to report on Wednesday that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will speak at around 3:30pm in front of around 150-200 invited guests. The campaign told NH1 News that event is closed to the public but open to the media.
For an address on the loss of manufacturing jobs, Trump’s campaign chose what at first glance appears to be appropriate location. Osram Sylvania announced the closing of the Manchester plant in September 2014. Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas said at the time that when the plant closed, 150 jobs were lost.
But the company cited declining sales for traditional lighting products rather than any free trade deals for the closing of the facility.
Trump’s speech, in which he’s expected to discuss ways to bring back manufacturing jobs that have been lost, comes two days after he railed against globalization and free trade deals in a speech in Pennsylvania.
Thursday’s visit by Trump to the Granite State is his second in two weeks. Trump gave a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on June 13 on battling terrorism. His address came one day after the horrific mass murder in Orlando, Florida. Trump was originally scheduled to hold a rally later that evening, as well as a attend a fundraiser, but both Seacoast events were cancelled after the Orlando incident, which was the worst mass murder in American history.
State Rep. Steve Stepanek of Milford, a co-chairman of Trump’s campaign in New Hampshire, told NH1 News “we’re excited to have Donald Trump coming back into New Hampshire. He was just here a few week ago. This will be his second visit there this month. It shows the importance of New Hampshire in the general election and it shows that Trump really appreciates what New Hampshire has done presidential race.”
After losing to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the Iowa caucuses, which kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar, Trump won a major victory in the first-in-the-nation primary state, grabbing 35% of the vote in a nine-candidate field.
Biundo joins Trump campaign; Ciepielowski back running NH
Trump’s stop in New Hampshire also comes the day after he hired a top Granite State based Republican political operative as a senior adviser to his national campaign. NH1 News confirmed Wednesday evening that Mike Biundo will serve as a senior national adviser.
Biundo told NH1 News that “I’m extremely excited to be part of the campaign, working with the existing team in New Hampshire and looking to build out the organization and organize grassroots efforts both here and nationally.”
Biundo added that he’ll be working with Trump national political director Jim Murphy.
This is the third presidential campaign Biundo has worked for this election cycle. Last year Biundo came on board as a senior national adviser to Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky’s presidential campaign. After Paul dropped out of the race following the Iowa caucuses, Biundo was hired by the presidential campaign of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, where he again served as a national adviser. Kasich suspended his campaign in early May.
Paul was a very vocal critic of Trump. And late in his campaign Kasich also became quite critical of Trump.And Biundo himself, at times, criticized Trump.
Asked by NH1 News how he can square working for Trump after serving for two candidates who often slammed Trump, Biundo said “primaries bring out a lot of conversations about differences in issues. We’re past the primaries now.”
“For me, it’s all about beating Hillary Clinton,” Biundo added. “It’s time for the GOP to come together and get behind Donald Trump.”
Biundo has worked on state and national campaigns for more than two decades. In the 2012 cycle he was a top adviser to Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania’s presidential campaign before joining Mitt Romney’s organization during the general election.
Biundo told NH1 News that his consulting firm, RightVoter LLC, will continue to manage former state Rep. Jim Lawrence’s campaign for the GOP nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, and that he will continue to serve as a top consultant to Lawrence.
The news about Biundo was first reported by veteran N.H. political reporter John DiStaso.
NH1 News also confirmed Wednesday evening that Matt Ciepielowski is back as Trump’s campaign manager in New Hampshire, a job he held from last summer through the February primary. After the New Hampshire primary, Ciepielowski became a frequent flier, helping to develop and manage the Trump campaigns’ ground game in more than a dozen primary contests across the country.
Mike Biundo in January 2016, at the time a senior adviser to Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign, speaks with NH1 News