Category: Campaign News

Crochetiere Announces Strong Q2 Fundraising

As reported by WMUR this afternoon, Bruce Crochetiere has announced strong fundraising numbers for Q2, despite only entering the NH-01 race on May 1st – a full month after the fundraising quarter began.

Specifically, as you can see below, Bruce has raised over $325k and has over $230k on hand.

Total receipts: $327,024.88

Total Disbursements: $96,398.37

Cash on Hand: $230,626.51

As noted in the story, Bruce has contributed $250k of his own funds to his campaign. This contribution – unlike a loan which can be repaid to a candidate – is part of Bruce’s commitment to raising and spending the resources necessary to get his message out and win in September.

Crochetiere receives 10 new endorsements for U.S. House run

As reported this morning by WMUR, Bruce Crochetiere has announced 10 new endorsements of his campaign for Congress.

Heading the list is New Hampshire House Deputy Majority Leader John Graham, who endorsed Bruce at a Bedford GOP forum on Tuesday night.

Also backing Crochetiere are:

· Dick Akins, president of Akins Machinery in Londonderry;

· Edward Balletto of Manchester;

· Bill Conway, of DSI Networking in Sandown;

· Stephen Church of Plaistow;

· Jorge Mesa-Tejada, former chairman of the Hampstead School Board and town budget committee;

· Rick Pierro, president and CEO of Superior Controls in Seabrook;

· Pat Rahn of Stratham;

· Ed Roby of Plaistow

· Henry Veilleux of Bedford

NH Primary Source: Republican Crochetiere airs first radio ad of congressional campaign

“STRONG BUY.” Three days after the filing period for state and federal offices closed, Republican 1st District U.S. House candidate Bruce Crochetiere has gone on the air with the first radio ad of the congressional campaign.

“I’m tired of having the same old choices to represent my family in congress,” the Hampton Falls technology executive says in the one-minute ad, entitled “Fresh Voice.”  Making his first bid for elected office, he says that he is not a politician, adding, “We need an outsider who can get things done.”

Listen to the ad here.

In the introductory ad, Crochetiere calls himself a “successful businessman who created jobs and helped grow our economy” and says he is a gun owner and supporter of the Second Amendment.  And, he says, “As a cancer survivor, I know what it means to fight.”

Jim Merrill, Crochetiere’s senior campaign advisor, said, “We’re excited about the strong response Bruce is receiving from voters after his first month on the campaign trail and the early support he is receiving from key business and community leaders. We feel that now is a great time for this radio spot to share Bruce’s fresh voice and message with voters throughout the 1st Congressional District. More to come soon.”

Merrill said the ad will air throughout the 1st District through July 4 and is the subject of a “strong buy.”’

Crochetiere Announces List of New Supporters

We’re pleased to let you know that a new group of supporters – business leaders, elected officials and activists – have signed up with Team Crochetiere.

Those joining Bruce’s team include:

–          George Blaisdell, Blaisdell Insurance in Hampton Falls.

–          William Boyd, Merrimack Town Councilor

       –     Chris Byron, Owner of Byron’s Sporting Goods in Plaistow

       –     Bob Healey, Merrimack

       –     Mark Lane, President of Coed Sportswear in Newfields

       –     Mark McCaddin, President of Bayside Distributing in Brentwood

       –     Shane McKinney, Albany

       –     Dick Nault, Owner of Nault’s Powersports in Manchester

       –     Joe Paquet, Portsmouth

       –     Ethan and Noah Roth, Portsmouth

       –     Mark Stull, Attorney, Bedford

        –    Jim Ziolkowski, Chairman of Hampton Falls Board of Selectmen

Crochetiere to File for 1st CD Today, Announces Two More Significant Endorsements

Today at 3:30pm in the Secretary of State’s office in Concord, with his family beside him, businessman Bruce Crochetiere of Hampton Falls will officially file for Congress in the 1st CD.

Additionally, two more prominent grassroots leaders have signed on with Bruce.

Former Deputy House Speaker Pam Tucker of Greenland, who served in the New Hampshire House between 2008 and 2016, announced her endorsement of Bruce, saying: ”I’m pleased to support Bruce Crochetiere for Congress. He has an optimistic, positive message along with an impressive business background. I’m looking forward to helping him build support for his growing team.”

Businessman and Former Derry GOP Chair Chris Wolfe of Newmarket, a former State co-chair for the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, announced his support for Bruce, saying: “I’m pleased to endorse Bruce Crochetiere for Congress, he’s a principled Republican with the business experience, energy and vision to serve our state with distinction. I like that Bruce is not a politician and brings a true outsider’s perspective to this race. I look forward to introducing him to my friends and colleagues around the state, Derry and on the seacoast.”

Union Leader: Granite Status: Crochetiere Staffs Up

Republican congressional candidate Bruce Crochetiere of Hampton Falls was late getting into the 1st District race, but he’s making up for lost time with some key hires this week.

Chris Kivior was brought on as political director, having spent the last five years in Massachusetts — including seeking a seat in that state’s Legislature, chairing the Franklin (MA) GOP Town Committee and working on a U.S. Senate campaign.

Field representative Jack Landry worked on Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s re-election campaign in 2016.

He still attends St. Anselm College and works on the New Hampshire Institute of Politics ambassador program and Student Government Association.

Field representative Hayden Harrington spent three years in the U.S. Army and now attends the University of New Hampshire where he has volunteered for several local Republican campaigns.

Managing the campaign is Molly Kepner who worked with Crochetiere consultant Jim Merrill on Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign here and was advising potential candidate Matt Mayberry until he decided not to run.

WMUR: NH Primary Source: “Face of Small Business” Among New Crochetiere Endorsements

BUSINESS LEADERS FOR BRUCE. Six years ago, Jack Gilchrist had a moment in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention.

Before Republicans nominated Mitt Romney as their presidential nominee in Tampa, Gilchrist delivered a brief speech to about 20,000 delegates after being introduced by then-Sen. Kelly Ayotte as “the face of small business in America.”

Gilchrist, president of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, this week has endorsed business executive Bruce Crochetiere in the Republican 1st Congressional District contest.

Also joining Crochetiere’s business leadership team were Carson Burke, owner of Detail New England in Auburn, Mike Desmarais, president of New Hampshire Plastics in Manchester, Bob Preston, Jr., owner of Preston Real Estate in Seabrook, Tom Lannan, president of American Escavating Co. in Derry and Nick Jewett of Dover, superintendent of Jewett Construction.

NH Primary Source: Wieczorek endorses Crochetiere in 1st District U.S. House race

WIZ PICKS BRUCE. Last week, we reported that Republican 1st Congressional District candidate Bruce Crochetiere was endorsed by Cliff Hurst, former vice chair of the state Republican Party and the Manchester City Republican Committee.

This week we’ve learned former Manchester Mayor Raymond Wieczorek has signed on with the technology executive, who is making his first run for political office. Wieczorek served five terms as mayor from 1990-2000 before serving as the District 4 Executive Councilor from 2002-2012.

“Bruce has an impressive record as a successful businessman and community leader, and you only need to spend a few minutes with him to know that he’s a good man and the real deal,” Wieczorek said. “The fact that he isn’t a politician makes him even more appealing.

“I believe Bruce would be an excellent public servant for our state, and I look forward to introducing him to my many friends in the 1st Congressional District.”

Wieczorek ran for the same congressional seat back in 1996, finishing second in a GOP primary to eventual winner and future Sen. John E. Sununu.

NH Primary Source: Veteran state GOP leader Cliff Hurst backs Crochetiere

A highly respected former longtime leader of the state Republican Party has backed businessman Bruce Crochetiere in his bid for the 1st District U.S. House seat.

Cliff Hurst is a former vice chair of the state Republican Party and the Manchester City Republican Committee. In past presidential campaigns, he was a co-chairman for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Also on board with Crochetiere is former state Sen. Mark Hounsell, who briefly ran for the congressional seat before disbanding his campaign in April. We first reported Hounsell’s endorsement on Twitter.

Hurst said, “I’m proud to endorse Bruce Crochetiere for Congress. I am impressed by his record as a successful businessman, his ideas and his optimistic ‘can-do’ attitude. Bruce is an outsider who voters can get excited about. I’m looking forward to helping him get to know voters in Manchester and throughout the area.”