Republican House Minority Leader Ken Fredette of Newport announced Thursday that he has been named Maine chairman of Republican Marco Rubio’s campaign for president.
That means Fredette, who is in his third term in the House of Representatives, will spearhead the recruitment of volunteers for Rubio’s campaign in Maine.
“I believe he has the right policies for this country and his compelling personal story makes him the strongest Republican candidate for the upcoming presidential election,” said Fredette.
Rubio, who is a U.S. senator from Florida, is a Cuban American native of Miami. He announced his candidacy for president in April of this year and said he would not seek re-election to his Senate seat. Rubio is one of approximately 20 Republicans who have said they are interested in the Republican nomination for next year’s presidential election.
Jim Merrill of New Hampshire, who is Rubio’s senior advisor for the northeast, said choosing Fredette is part of a nation-wide volunteer recruitment effort in the run-up to next year’s primaries.