Romney loses top New Hampshire supporter
May 4th, 2011
09:36 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney loses top New Hampshire supporter

Washington (CNN) – The man who chaired Mitt Romney's 2008 campaign in New Hampshire won't be helping the former Massachusetts governor when he mounts a second bid for the White House.

Bruce Keough, a Dublin businessman and former state senator, told Mother Jones magazine that he's looking at Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels or Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty instead.

Why? He thinks Romney has shifted his positions too many times over the years.

"I don't think the voters are looking for somebody who's going to be recasting himself," Keough told the magazine. "They want somebody who's been true to a certain set of political ideals for a while."

Romney maintains a strong base of support in New Hampshire from his last campaign and leads his potential GOP rivals in state polls.

But Keough said that Romney "manages to say things that cause people to think, 'Wait a second: I thought I knew him, and now I'm not so sure.' I think he can be successful. But I don't think he will be successful if he runs his campaign like he did in 2008."

He isn't the only New Hampshire GOP strategist to change teams for 2012: Former Romney adviser Rich Killion signed on with Pawlenty earlier this year.

Several Romney advisers from the last presidential race in other key primary states are also unlikely to return for his second campaign.

In Iowa, Romney's former state chairman Doug Gross has been a frequent critic of the governor in the media. And in South Carolina, 2008 Romney supporters like Sen. Jim DeMint and Gov. Nikki Haley are keeping the door open to endorsing another candidate.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "He thinks Romney has shifted his positions too many times over the years."
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    Life as a conservative, or at least as a Republican, must be rough. You are not allowed to change your views based upon new facts or a new world reality. You must stick to your past reputation and words, no matter what.

    Thank goodness the guy who first used wood to invent fire wasn't a Republican. "Ug. Ug. Wood is for houses."

    May 4, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. diridi

    if it is not Mitt Romney no one will be the right candidate...if is is a front runner against obama, it should be only Romney....rest all are bunch of idiots....o.k, they do not know what they are saying nor doing....o.k, it is an open truth....o.k.

    May 4, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Was is not reported last week that Gov. Romney was in NH for a "jobs conference", not for politicking?

    May 4, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. king

    mr switcheroo himself, hes just looking around to see what he think people wants then jump in the ring. how will people predict what he would do as a president. somtimes you have to go with the unpopular things, even though people who are not schooled in the art of strategic thinking will go against you. its all about setting up the next generation for success, so the country survives, but if you just go with the people split emotional burst, you are destine for failure. man up Romney and go for what is good not what is popular all the time.

    May 4, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. PalmReader

    But Keough said that Romney "manages to say things that cause people to think, 'Wait a second: I thought I knew him, and now I'm not so sure.' I think he can be successful. But I don't think he will be successful if he runs his campaign like he did in 2008."

    Pretty sure they're going to have this same problem with Pawlenty, who has , as of today (and having been grooming himself for HIS presidential run this past 6 years now) managed NOT to say anything relevent or newsworthy. It's obvious Mitch Daniels isn't going to run ... leaving the GOPer Clown Car without an adult driver. Boo Hoo.

    May 4, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Doug

    All Gop shift their minds,it,s called "Flip Flop"? So this guy decides to go "Extremism" with Pawlenty? There was,nt enough hatred by Romney,so you picked the Right Boss???? LOL

    May 4, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. switchpositions

    I think the Romney position switch that Mr Keough is concerned about is that Mr Keough would not be managing the Romney NH effort this time around. Why stick with the 2008 campaign loser manager man.

    May 4, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I wouldn't trust this guy to run my campaign, he sounds like another Palin who complain that it was McCain's people at fault.

    May 4, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |