New Hampshire Democrats blast 'swamp creature' Lewandowski over possible Senate bid

New Hampshire Democrats blast 'swamp creature' Lewandowski over possible Senate bid
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The New Hampshire Democratic Party on Wednesday released a digital ad targeting Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - Mask mandates, restrictions issued as COVID-19 spreads Trump shakes up campaign leadership, demotes Parscale Trump World boils over as campaign hits skids MORE, the former Trump campaign manager who is considering a Senate run in the state. 

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The advertisement, which is being targeted to Republicans and independent voters on Facebook, highlights what the party is branding as Lewandowksi's "corrupt" record of "cashing in by selling access to the highest bidder."

The 45-second clip opens by labeling Lewandowksi the "biggest swamp creature" in Washington, D.C., and a "shadow lobbyist." It later features news clips including journalists and commentators discussing Lewandowski's alleged lobbying efforts, before concluding with the message: “Corey Lewandowksi: A corrupt DC lobbyist New Hampshire can’t trust.

The ad comes as Lewandowski mulls a possible campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani says DC policymakers need to do more to support ventures and 'solo-preneurs'; Federal unemployment benefits expire as coronavirus deal-making deadlocks Overnight Defense: Pompeo pressed on move to pull troops from Germany | Panel abruptly scraps confirmation hearing | Trump meets family of slain soldier Shaheen, Chabot call for action on new round of PPP loans MORE (N.H.) in 2020.

"Corey Lewandowski has spent every minute since the 2016 election scheming to cash in on Trump's presidency," party spokesman Josh Marcus-Blank said in a statement. "Corey works for his clients, including predatory lenders and foreign interests, not New Hampshire, and he will continue doing that even while he campaigns for Senate."

Marcus-Blank told The Hill that the party does not disclose the size of its ad buys. He added that the clip is the party's first ad buy for the 2020 Senate race and that the group has not set an end date for it yet. 

"I’m being attacked by the NH D’s," Lewandowski tweeted shortly after the ad's release. "It shows how weak ’s record is for the people of NH that they will say and do anything to help prop up a failed US Senator who has never passed a major piece of legislation but has gotten very rich while serving in elective office." 

Lewandowski also told local news station WMUR that the Democrats were "lying" about his record.  

"I am not lobbyist and have never done lobbying working since working for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE," he said. 

 

The former Trump aide told The Hill in early August that he was considering a run against Shaheen, saying that she had "failed" the people of New Hampshire by voting in lockstep with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNegotiators hit gas on coronavirus talks as frustration mounts Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

He said last week that he had yet to make a decision on a campaign launch, adding that he intended to win if he ultimately announced one. 

"We’re going to think about it. But if I get into this race I’m going to win, and I’m going to beat Jeanne Shaheen, who voted against Gorsuch. She voted against Kavanaugh. She voted to continue to fund sanctuary cities,” Lewandowski said on John Catsimatidis’s radio show.