Chris Sununu, the governor of New Hampshire, has taken the biggest step yet in considering a run for president by founding a national political organization, a common tool for would-be contenders to test the waters.
The “Live Free or Die” committee, a 501(c)(4) organization where politicians can raise limitless sums, was founded by the governor, who first revealed it to the associated press on Wednesday. The name was taken from the moniker for his state. Prospective candidates frequently use these political charities as a tool to judge support from donors since the funds are not required to be disclosed.
Sununu has been publicly hinting at entering the GOP(Grand Old Party) primary for weeks. The GOP primary formally begins with a first-in-the-nation fight in his home state, providing him automatic name recognition and familiarity.
“I’m eager to discuss the achievements made in New Hampshire, including tax reductions, educational options for parents and children, and the development of favorable business climates “In a statement to the associated press, Sununu said. “The federal government could learn a lot from what we’ve done in New Hampshire, especially in terms of promoting the conservative principles of local control, personal responsibility, and limited government.
In creating such a committee, Sununu is joined by former vice president Mike Pence, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, and others. Next Monday, Haley is generally anticipated to declare her candidacy.
According to his office, Sununu will be in Washington from February 8 to 12 for the National Governors Association winter meeting. While there, he is anticipated to discuss committee-related initiatives. On his new company, he is collaborating in Washington with Republican political consultant Brian McCabe and the DCI Group.
“As a New Hampshire citizen, I am pleased with what Governor Sununu has accomplished to reduce taxes, expand educational opportunities, and expand our economy—all with a divided state legislature and an independent voting block, “In a statement, McCabe stated. “Republican victory in 2024 and beyond will require a generational shift in the way we present our conservative values. If there is anything I can do to assist Governor Sununu in telling more people about the things he has accomplished for the people of New Hampshire, I would want to. He has been successful in bringing all parties together to get things done for the people of New Hampshire.
Sununu recently questioned both Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ presidential bids in an interview with the associated press. In a 2024 contest, Sununu claimed that he did not believe that Trump could defeat President Joe Biden and criticized DeSantis’ leadership style as being too dictatorial if applied to a federal government.
“On November 22, America made it known that they were fed up with the drama in Washington and the lack of progress. They don’t want to engage in political retaliation, according to Sununu. “There is a sense that we can exercise leadership,” said the governor I am (elected every two years).
Political operatives in New Hampshire believe that the media-friendly Sununu, who was recently elected to his fourth two-year term, may run his campaign differently from Trump and DeSantis, who has centered most of their rhetoric on the cultural conflicts.
Renee Plummer, a former prominent GOP insider in New Hampshire who now claims to identify as bipartisan, said: “Chris can do that incredibly well and he’s proven that.” Chris is an expert photographer. He simply possesses the “it” factor you seek. People that dislike him are not an issue for him. He’s a strong contender. Chris Sununu is a natural at what he does, so I doubt you could ever learn it.
A committee called Live Free or Die is “committed to promoting New Hampshire’s Live Free or Die Spirit, emphasizing conservative values, and defining the national discourse to meaningfully engage and inspire the next generation of Americans,” a spokeswoman said.
In recent years, 501(c)(4) organizations, so named for their position in the tax code, have grown more typical for potential presidential contenders. Advancing American Freedom was started by Pence, who is publicly considering a run for president in 2024, two years ago. Some other potential GOP contenders have since done the same.
These nonprofit organizations, which critics refer to as “dark money” committees, are permitted to participate directly in politics, including endorsing politicians, and are exempt from disclosing their funders to the general public. They run the risk of losing their tax-exempt status if politics is their main focus – a difficult criterion to define.
Christopher T. Sununu
Sununu was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1977, and raised in Newfields, New Hampshire. He is the son of former New Hampshire Governor and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu. Chris Sununu received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Before entering politics, Sununu worked in the private sector, including as a project manager for Waterville Valley Resort and as the CEO of WGI, a project management and construction firm. In 2011, he was elected to the New Hampshire Executive Council, where he served for six years.
As Governor of New Hampshire, Sununu focused on promoting economic growth and job creation and reducing the size of the government. He signed into law several bills aimed at reducing regulations and taxes on businesses and invested in workforce development programs to help prepare residents for the jobs of the future. Sununu also worked to expand access to affordable healthcare and was a strong advocate for educational choice and school choice programs.
Sununu was re-elected to a second term as Governor in 2020. He is considered a potential Republican candidate for higher office in the future.
Christopher T. Sununu is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who served as the 82nd Governor of New Hampshire from 2017 to 2021. Before his governorship, Sununu served as the Executive Councilor for New Hampshire’s 3rd district. He is known for his focus on fiscal responsibility, job creation, and limited government. Sununu is the youngest governor in New Hampshire history, having taken office at the age of 42.