Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign manager, has spent the last several months teasing that he would be mounting a Senate bid in his home state of New Hampshire in 2020. But it looks like running for Congress is no longer on Lewandowski’s list of New Year’s resolutions.
According to Breitbart, the Republican announced in a Twitter thread Tuesday that he has “decided to forgo” his potential Senate campaign to focus on more pressing issues — most notably, Trump’s re-election.
Calling it quits
Lewandowski first prompted speculation about a possible Senate bid in August when he announced that he was “seriously considering” mounting a challenge against incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who is up for re-election in 2020.
That speculation ended on Tuesday, though, when Lewandowski announced on Twitter that he would not be pursuing the Democrat-controlled Senate seat at this point in time.
“After much consideration, I have decided to forgo a campaign for the U.S. Senate,” Lewandowski, who currently serves as an adviser to Trump’s 2020 campaign, wrote.
He went on: “My priorities remain my family and ensuring that [Donald Trump] is re-elected POTUS.”
“I would have won”
But while he has decided not to hit the campaign trail, Lewandowski wasn’t shy about his prospects.
“While taking on a career politician from the Washington swamp is a tall order, I am certain I would have won,” he noted in his three-tweet thread Tuesday.
He also used the platform to thank his supporters and lay out his ideas for those who take on Sen. Shaheen in his stead, writing:
(3/3) One who will support strict constitutionalist judges; and one who will fight for our values, not those of Washington, DC. Accordingly, I will be making an endorsement in the Republican Primary for US Senate in the near future to ensure we defeat Jeanne Shaheen in 2020.
— Corey R. Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) December 31, 2019
Of course, Lewandowski’s speculative bid for the U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire was always going to be considered a long shot, at best. While Shaheen may be vulnerable to a Republican challenger, Lewandowski is somewhat controversial and may not have easily won over New Hampshire voters.
That said, Lewandowski is an effective and tireless supporter of the president — and he’ll be just as vocal about his political stance as we get closer to November 2020. Trump should be glad to have Lewandowski in his corner.