This publication reported several weeks ago that Seacoast multi-millionaire Bill Binnie was seriously considering running for Governor and that his top lieutenants were quietly recruiting potential support at Republican events. That report was dismissed in other media outlets in the Granite State.

But now NH Journal has learned that someone has been making calls apparently on Binnie’s behalf to further test the waters. Specifically, the Journal has received reports of automated calls soliciting feedback about the gubernatorial field, calls that appear Binnie-centric and focused on positioning him as a probable alternative to the present field. In addition, the Journal has received reports of live-caller polling being conducted this week throughout the state, again focusing in on the possibility of a Binnie candidacy.

There would be a certain logic behind Binnie entering the race. The present field consists of Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith, both of whom are conservative, grassroots oriented champions of traditional values. Binnie, on the other hand, is a successful businessman from the moderate, some would even argue liberal, wing of the party. Binnie is avowedly pro-choice on abortion, supports relaxed immigration laws, is “excited” about gay marriage and has flirted with ideas such as a European-style value added tax.