Mar 1, 2016 11:46 AM

Steinhauser: Christie endorser Plummer supports Trump; Union Leader washes hands of Christie

NH1 News Political Director

PORTSMOUTH – Seacoast based business leaders Renee and Dan Plummer were two of the most sought after Republican activists during the New Hampshire primary season.

As NH1 News was first to report last November, they ended up backing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Now, with Christie out of the race for the GOP nomination and endorsing front runner Donald Trump, Renee Plummer says she’s “going over to Trump” because Christie’s with him.

Plummer becomes one of the few high profile Granite Staters to endorse Christie who are now supporting Trump.

Plummer’s move comes as the New Hampshire Union Leader, the state’s largest newspaper and an influential player in GOP politics in the first-in-the-nation primary state, Monday night announced that it regretted it’s endorsement of Christie.

The Plummers and the Union Leader both endorsed Christie the same weekend in late November. The media attention from both endorsements contributed to Christie’s temporary rise in the polls in the Granite State.

“Boy, were we wrong,” wrote the newspaper’s outspoken publisher, Joe McQuaid, in an op-ed titled “Christie was our bad choice.”

"Watching Christie kiss the Donald's ring this weekend -- and make excuses for the man Christie himself had said was unfit for the presidency -- demonstrated how wrong we were," McQuaid added. "Rather than standing up to the bully, Christie bent his knee. In doing so, he rejected the very principles of his campaign that attracted our support."

McQuaid has been trading fire with Trump for months in a very vocal war of words.

But Plummer feels different.

She said she was “shocked at first” when Christie endorsed Trump Friday. “Then I thought more about this and I could see Christie doing this.”

As for speculation that Christie’s backing Trump in hopes of becoming attorney general if Trump wins the White House, Plummer says “if he can get a seat at the table, why not. Is it opportunistic. It is.”

But she added “wouldn’t you feel better if you had somebody like Chris Christie as attorney general.”

Plummer said that if Trump’s elected president, “he’s going to take some of the policies that Christie was famous for, from helping veterans, strengthening the military, dealing with the heroin and drug epidemic, reforming entitlements, and implementing them.”

Plummer's move comes amid the latest controversy surrounding Trump, his stumbling in disavowing support from David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Trump’s faced a rising chorus of outrage and criticism for his initial refusal to disavow Duke’s support.

Plummer says when it comes to the KKK and other white supremacist groups, “there’s no place in our party for this.”

And she adds that Trump’s “going to need to readdress this.”

But she said that Trump may not have “realized what he was saying.”

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