NH Journal has learned that Sean Mahoney, former Republican National Committeeman, and Paul Young, former Executive Director and Treasurer of the New Hampshire GOP, are putting together a group of key New Hampshire activists to visit with Texas Governor Rick Perry in Austin next week. “It is clear that Governor Perry is seriously considering running for President and we think it is important that if he does run he understand the importance of New Hampshire,” said Paul Young (note: Mr. Young is a member of the NH Journal Board of Directors).

Those attending the meeting appear to be split into three groups: those who want to push Perry to run; those who want to see what Perry is made of; and those who want to make sure Perry understands the First-in-the-Nation New Hampshire traditions.

“I think we need to change the way Washington works and Governor Perry’s record in Texas when it comes to job creation and fiscal discipline is something the country sorely needs. If he can do for the American economy what he’s done in Texas he’ll make a great President,” said Mahoney, a conservative businessman who lives in Portsmouth. Young and Mahoney are inviting other past party officials, elected officials and key activists to meet with Perry.

“Conservatives are not just looking for a candidate they agree with on the issues, but someone they agree with on the issues who can win – like Governor Perry. Not everyone going is necessarily for Perry, but based on the calls we are making there are a lot of New Hampshire Republicans who at least want to see what the Governor is all about,” added Mahoney.