Former Trump Aide Eyes New Hampshire Congressional Seat

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Former Trump administration aide Karoline Leavitt is reportedly mulling a bid for New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district. Leavitt served as an assistant press secretary in the Trump administration and most recently served as House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik’s top staffer.

According to The Hill:

“New Hampshire is my home. I moved to Washington to serve President Trump and the American people, not to become a swamp creature,” Leavitt tweeted. “It has always been my intention to move back, and I’ve heard from many Granite Staters who are looking for a young, conservative fighter.”

Leavitt told WMUR in New Hampshire that she doesn’t have a definitive timetable for when she might decide to enter the race, but that she’s speaking with voters while she’s back living in her home state.

New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district is represented by Chris Pappas (D). Pappas has represented the district since 2019, and he won re-election in 2020, narrowly defeating Trump-backed candidate Matt Mowers.

The congressional district is expected to be redrawn by the GOP-led legislature ahead of the 2022 midterms, and it’s unclear if Pappas will seek reelection once the redistricting is complete. WMUR reported multiple prospective GOP candidates, including Mowers, are considering a run for the House seat.

Recently, the House GOP campaign arm included Rep. Pappas in an ad blitz targeting weak House Democrats as Republicans gear up to take back the House next year.


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