DSCC - WASH POST: LaMontagne Draws Conservative Backer

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LaMontagne Draws Conservative Backer: As former gubernatorial nominee Ovide LaMontagne continues to mull the possibility of challenging former New Hampshire attorney general Kelly Ayotte in next year's Republican Senate primary, a key Granite State conservative has signed on to his bid. Former state Rep. Maureen Mooney, who served as John McCain's liaison to conservatives during the 2009 presidential primary fight is backing a LaMontagne candidacy -- praising him as a "principled and experienced conservative." The Mooney endorsement comes one day after LaMontagne announced that Jim Merill, who served as New Hampshire director for former governor Mitt Romney's (Mass.) 2008 primary campaign, was serving as a senior adviser to his nascent campaign. LaMontagne has also brought on Charlie Spies, a well known Republican lawyer in Washington, to help advise him on a bid. While national Republicans seem keen on Ayotte, it's clear that LaMontagne has no plans to step aside -- setting up a likely primary fight next year.


Both sides ready for August campaign on health care, Obama raises $3 million for DNC, NY-23 special election takes shape, Rubio staff shakeup, LaMontagne scores a key conservative and Thune keeps up 2nd Amendment drumbeat.

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LaMontagne Draws Conservative Backer: As former gubernatorial nominee Ovide LaMontagne continues to mull the possibility of challenging former New Hampshire attorney general Kelly Ayotte in next year's Republican Senate primary, a key Granite State conservative has signed on to his bid. Former state Rep. Maureen Mooney, who served as John McCain's liaison to conservatives during the 2009 presidential primary fight is backing a LaMontagne candidacy -- praising him as a "principled and experienced conservative." The Mooney endorsement comes one day after LaMontagne announced that Jim Merill, who served as New Hampshire director for former governor Mitt Romney's (Mass.) 2008 primary campaign, was serving as a senior adviser to his nascent campaign. LaMontagne has also brought on Charlie Spies, a well known Republican lawyer in Washington, to help advise him on a bid. While national Republicans seem keen on Ayotte, it's clear that LaMontagne has no plans to step aside -- setting up a likely primary fight next year.

Chris Cillizza
"The Fix"
The Washington Post
chris.cillizza@washingtonpost.com