DSCC - NH Political Report: Ayotte surprised by how serious Lamontagne is about running

A source familiar with the meeting and not affiliated with either candidate said Ayotte was a little surprised with how serious Lamantange was about running. (The conventional wisdom among those Lamontagne has talked with suggests a 90 percent chance he is in the race.)

 

EXCLUSIVE: Ayotte and Lamontagne meet for breakfast

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Tuesday, July 28 2009 05:15 PM

 

Before they possibly face off in a Republican primary for U.S. Senate next year, former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte and Manchester attorney Ovide Lamontagne sat down for breakfast.

Sources say it was Ayotte who reached out to Lamontagne. The Monday morning breakfast, in Manchester, was the first time the pair had seen each other face-to-face since both began exploring a run for the same Senate seat.

The conversation was cordial, but appeared to be intended for Ayotte to gauge how serious Lamontagne was to running and if she could convince him not to run.

A source familiar with the meeting and not affiliated with either candidate said Ayotte was a little surprised with how serious Lamantange was about running. (The conventional wisdom among those Lamontagne has talked with suggests a 90 percent chance he is in the race.)

Ayotte's meeting with Lamontagne came a week after she officially filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission opening her exploratory committee. Late last week she was in Washington for a number of meetings organized by the National Senatorial Campaign Committee.