Jul 20, 2015 11:11 PM
Steinhauser: Sununu to introduce Kasich at first NH event after launch
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD – For John Kasich, it appears the seventh time will be the charm.
The Republican governor of Ohio returns to New Hampshire Tuesday, for his seventh trip this year to the first-in-the-nation primary state. But this time, he’ll return as a presidential candidate.
After announcing his candidacy at The Ohio State University, his alma mater, Kasich heads straight to the Granite State, kicking off a three day swing with a Tuesday evening town hall meeting at Rivier University in Nashua. A strong finish in New Hampshire is crucial to Kasich’s longshot bid for the GOP presidential nomination.
Introducing him at Rivier University is a good friend with a last name that goes far in Republican circles in New Hampshire. That person is former Sen. John E. Sununu. The two men served together in the House of Representatives.
In April, when Kasich took a big step towards launching a campaign by setting up a political group named New Day for American, Sununu signed on a director of the organization, and had said all along that if Kasich ended up running, he would endorse.
In an interview with NH1 News earlier this year, 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."
And Kasich praised Sununu, telling NH1 News that “I love John. He and I worked together when we were both in the House of Representatives. I’ve always said that there’s no one smarter than him that I worked with in the Congress. He’s a great guy. We’re pals. Any time I can have him it makes me better, because he’s a class act and he’s a son of New Hampshire.”