McElveen Meets with Leading GOP Groups in DC as He Mulls Bid for Congress
Josh McElveen says “he’s gathering as much information as possible” as he seriously considers a bid for the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District.
McElveen confirmed to NH1 News on Wednesday that as part of that process, he traveled to Washington DC earlier this week to meet with the National Republican Congressional Committee and with political advisors to House Speaker Paul Ryan.
The NRCC, the official election arm of House Republicans, stays neutral in party primaries. Meetings with NRCC officials are considered “must stops” for any candidates serious about running for the House.
In a statement provided to NH1 News, McElveen said “I continue to gather as much information as possible ahead of this decision. I’m humbled by the encouragement I’ve received to seek the privilege of representing my neighbors in the second district.”
The former longtime WMUR anchor and political director is a Brookline resident and a native Granite Stater who describes himself as a fiscal conservative who is socially moderate. The U.S. Marine veteran who served in non-combat roles during the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War, he was most recently vice president of communications and marketing for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system. He stepped down from the position early last month over “philosophical differences.”
Before his brief seven-month tenure in the health care industry, McElveen spent two decades as a radio and TV reporter and anchor in California; New Orleans; Boston; and, starting in 2008, at WMUR.
McElveen said last month that he didn’t have a timetable but hoped to have a decision on running within a month or two. If he does launch a campaign, he would be the third GOP candidate hoping to challenged three-term Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster in next November’s election.
The two declared Republican candidates are state Rep. Steve Negron, a U.S. Air Force veteran and businessman from Nashua, and Dr. Stewart Levenson of Hopkinton, a former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regional director who earlier this year was one of the top whistleblowers at the Manchester VA Medical Center.
The NRCC has so far named Negron to its “Young Guns-On the Radar” program, which recognizes candidates running in a competitive district who’ve met minimum standards for organization and fundraising and who show potential for growth.
Republican sources say that former state Rep. Lynne Blankenbeker is seriously considering a run once her active duty in the U.S. Navy ends in January. And Jim Lawrence, the 2016 GOP nominee in the 2nd District, said last month that he’s considering another bid for Congress.