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Joe Biden taps Marty Walsh to lead N.H. economic roundtable

Joe Biden’s campaign is tapping longtime pal Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to lead an economic roundtable with New Hampshire business owners on Friday.

Walsh will host the group of Granite State leaders and small business owners at noon Friday to talk about the first plank of the presumptive Democratic nominee’s “Build Back Better” economic plan, “Made in America,” which focuses on growing domestic manufacturing to create millions of new jobs.

The Biden campaign said in a press release that 111,000 jobs have been lost in New Hampshire since last year, including “thousands” in manufacturing.

The discussion led by Walsh, a longtime union leader, “will focus on Biden’s efforts to rebuild and grow the manufacturing industry in the Granite State and across the nation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.”

Walsh sat out both the New Hampshire and Massachusetts presidential primaries, endorsing neither his old friend nor his state’s senior U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The mayor did, however, host Biden in a visit to the Seaport in June 2019 to talk climate resiliency and tour the park built in honor of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard.

Mobilizing Walsh now could fuel existing speculation about whether the mayor could get a cabinet position in a Biden administration given his friendship with the former vice president and his background as a labor leader.