Biggest campaign regret: “My biggest campaign regret was from the independent redistricting campaign in 2019, where I believed that Gov. [Chris] Sununu was going to sign the bill and I got my hopes up,” he said. Sununu vetoed a measure that would have created an independent redistricting commission. “We did a congratulations ad in the Union Leader, full page, with the Republican leader in the Senate and the Democratic leader on the bill in the House being like, ‘Hey, we did it, this is really exciting. We’re leading the nation in protecting democracy,’ and we had every expectation that it was going to go to the governor’s desk to get signed,” he said. “I believed it was going to happen, and when the governor vetoed it at, like, 4:30 on a summer Friday afternoon, that was particularly crushing and a valuable lesson in, like, run through the tape.”
Unconventional wisdom: “No job is too small,” Meyer said. “Power is built in a lot of different ways, and your influence is built in a lot of different ways, and putting your ego to the side from the jump and you might find a job opportunity that maybe feels beneath you, quote unquote, or too insignificant, but those are usually the jobs that set you up for a really strong fundamental understanding of how campaigns work, how systems of power work, how you build your own power or your own organization.” Sometimes other people questioned why he remained president of the NH Young Democrats for five years, but Meyer said he saw the value in it. “I was, like, well, because I can do a lot of good here and I can learn a lot. Maybe it wasn’t the flashiest thing, but I feel I draw on the lessons learned from that experience and the network I built and doing a lot of really, really menial, boring, excruciating tasks for a long time, but that scrappiness and that appreciation of the groundwork has set me up for a lot more success.”
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Sen. Tim Scott, the South Carolina Republican whose fundraising receipts have fueled discussions of higher office, plans to head to Iowa on Thursday for a reception, while Vice President Kamala Harris will be the special guest at Friday’s Blue Palmetto Dinner in Columbia, S.C. Speaking of South Carolina, there are primary battles there next week, and in Maine, Nevada and North Dakota — plus a special election in Texas’ 34th District.
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