Former State GOP Chairman John H. Sununu is already on board with Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and has begun to arrange high-level private meetings for the former-Massachusetts Governor, sources tell NH Journal. Sununu was always expected to endorse Romney but until now it was not known that he was actively organizing political and media support for him.
According to more than one source, Sununu arranged a dinner meeting at the Bedford Village Inn earlier this month between Sununu, Romney, Romney’s wife and Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid in hopes of securing support for Romney when he decides to enter the Republican primary. McQuaid was harsh on Romney during the 2008 New Hampshire primary. His paper endorsed Sen. John McCain and criticized Romney repeatedly.
The Union Leader’s editorial page routinely accused Romney of distorting his and his opponents’ records during that race. “In this primary, the more Mitt Romney speaks, the less believable he becomes,” the paper opined at the time.
Sununu has been quoted in the Union Leader recently pounding on some of Romney’s potential rivals, such as former Utah Gov. John Huntsman, former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.