Rudy Giuliani has dispatched a key emissary to New Hampshire to gauge interest in a possible presidential bid.
The former New York City mayor's top political adviser, Jake Menges, hosted private meetings Wednesday with several New Hampshire Republicans. They included Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, likely gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith, Congressman Charlie Bass and Stephen Talarico, owner of Manchester Harley-Davidson.
Giuliani has visited New Hampshire four times this year, but has been noncommittal about his intentions. Menges didn't indicate a final timeline for his decision.
Smith, a Giuliani supporter in 2008, says there may be room for Giuliani given continued dissatisfaction with the current Republican presidential candidates.
But time is running out. New Hampshire will host the nation's first Republican presidential primary in less than four months.
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