by Daveda Gruber:
It looks like 2020 will be quite hectic. President Trump is getting a jump by disclosing his hand-picked re-election team.
Now, he’s hearing the clatter of a possible Republican primary challenge.
Arizona GOP Senator Jeff Flake, who is not exactly a Trump fan/supporter, plans to visit the early voting state of New Hampshire next month.
Flake is planning to speak at the high-profile “Politics and Eggs” event.
Following the first in the nation Iowa caucuses, a candidate’s performance in the state’s primary, is seen as a critical test in the nomination battle.
Last year Flake said last year he wasn’t planning to run. The appearance in New Hampshire immediately revitalized speculation about his intentions.
Trump named former digital adviser Brad Parscale as his 2020 campaign manager. He also publicized other top re-election campaign officials.
With Parscale’s help, Trump made the memorable leap from real estate and reality TV mogul to president-elect in 2016.
Parscale will lead “advanced planning” for the 2020 effort.
Trump is making his re-election bid known. He has already filed paperwork to organize his 2020 committee. He held his first campaign style rally in February 2017 and continues to take blocking punches at any potential 2020 challengers.
Most recently he didn’t hesitate to take the offensive with Oprah Winfrey, a strong Democratic Party supporter who says she won’t run now.
Flake did not endorse Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. He has stayed as a major opponent recently suggesting Trump’s attacks on the media are “Stalin-esque.”
Flake’s decision not to seek a second term in Arizona gives reason to believe he is looking at other options.
The state gave Trump 49 percent of the 2016 vote.
Trump has called Flake a few times calling him “weak” and “toxic.”
Flake is planning a trip to New Hampshire on March 16. A Flake spokesman said the senator is working on a speech for the event titled, “Country Over Party” at an annual event hosted by Saint Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
Ohio Governor John Kasich also may be considering another White House run.
Kasich has been highly critical of the president in the past. For the moment their rivalry has calmed down. Kasich even said Trump “deserves credit” for seeking a ban on so-called bump stocks, which enable rifles to fire rapidly. This comes after the Valentine’s day mass shooting at a Parkland Florida high school.
Despite having little money and long odds for success, Kasich, in 2016, pursued deep into the campaign season despite having little money and long odds for success.
Kasich has said he’s not interested in another White House run although the outgoing governor and his advisers are considering whether to again challenge Trump in the GOP primary or mount an independent party bid.
He supposedly has plans to go to New Hampshire this spring. He also remains in the national spotlight, with repeated TV appearances and a book tour.
Mark Cuban said publically that if he ran for president, he would be a Republican candidate. Cuban is the NBA Dallas Mavericks owner.
Cuban who is outspoken, was an early 2016 Trump supporter before he took a turn around and became a sharp critic and backer of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
I don’t believe any of these guys has a shot at coming close to Trump but people will try. I guess, for now, Trump will have to live with jokers to the left and clowns to the right.