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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Michael Dennehy
As Democrats intensify their probe in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie has found little support - and sharp criticism in some cases - from the slate of potential rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. At the same time, would-be allies from key states have been slow to rally behind the Republican governor, whose administration appears to have created a massive traffic jam to punish a political adversary.
With its "Live Free or Die" motto, New Hampshire would seem to be tailor-made for the libertarian-flavored presidential campaign that Sen. Rand Paul is taking for a trial run. But, as his father, former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, learned in 2012, translating the typical New Hampshire voter's skepticism about big government into Republican primary votes is easier said than done.
Fresh off the first GOP presidential debate in which he was considered a top contender — and a top target — Herman Cain urged state lawmakers Wednesday to support him over Mitt Romney, saying his rivals' attacks on the Cain plan to scrap the tax code show he is headed in the right direction.
With three more presidential debates scheduled and a quarterly fundraising report due, the next five weeks loom as do-or-die time for some of the lesser GOP candidates trying to make enough of an impression to stay in the race.
"I take him at his word that he didn't know," said Michael Dennehy, a veteran of Republican presidential politics. "That being said, it should be of serious concern there was such nonsense going on behind his back without him knowing. That is, and should be, of great concern for anyone looking at him as a possible presidential candidate."
"I think it is yet to be seen how he could or would come across to New Hampshire voters, who scrutinize their candidates very carefully," Mr. Dennehy said. "But I do think they would like his independence, as they have liked the independent-styled candidacies of John McCain and Pat Buchanan."