Steinhauser: Pataki takes big step in NH towards launching 2016 run
CONCORD - George Pataki's taking a big step towards running for the White House.
The former three-term New York governor, who's seriously considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination, will be in the Granite State Thursday to announce the initial members of a New Hampshire Steering Committee for his political action committee, the We the People, not Washington PAC. And Pataki will also announce that he's opening up office space in Manchester for his PAC.
Aides close to Pataki would not reveal in advance who will be joining the steering committee.
Thursday's announcements will kick off a two-day swing by Pataki in the first-in-the-nation, which will also include retail stops in Littleton, Whitefield and Lancaster. Pataki will also do a bunch of media interviews, including one with NH1 News.
Pataki, who's considered a long shot for the nomination if he declares his candidacy, has made numerous visits to New Hampshire since last autumn. But he says New Hampshire's tradition of retail politics levels the playing field for someone like him.
"One of the things that's terrific about New Hampshire being the first primary is that it's so retail. People want to meet you. They want to shake your hand. They want to sit down across the coffee table and not just listen to what you have to say but have you listen to what they they're saying. And I think that's the best type of politics," Pataki said two weeks ago in an interview with NH1 News.
Last month, at a Saint Patrick's Day breakfast and roast in Nashua, Pataki made fun of himself, saying "it's hard for me to be funny this early in the morning. Actually it's hard for me to be funny anytime."
Pataki, who's flirted with running for the White House a couple of times in the past, added that Donald Trump, who's also once again considering a presidential bid, is "the only person in America who has flirted with running for president longer than I have."