Scott Brown makes location flub
December 6th, 2013
09:37 AM ET
12 months ago

Scott Brown makes location flub

(CNN) – A liberal group is jumping on former Sen. Scott Brown, who's flirting with a Senate bid in New Hampshire, for making a slight political fumble Thursday night when he mixed up the New England state he was visiting.

"What I've heard from the Republicans up here is they're thankful that I've been around for a year, helping them raise money, helping them raise awareness as to the issues that are affecting not only people here in Massachusett–uh, in New Hampshire, but also in Massachusetts, obviously," the Republican said, quickly catching himself as he spoke to reporters in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

Brown moved on.

"I've been to Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, I've been all over the New England area, certainly, talking and helping people raise money," he said, when answering a reporter's question.

As a former Senator from Massachusetts–who campaigned there twice in three years–it's not too big of a surprise he would have a geographical slip of the tongue when touting his political credentials.

But if he's seeking office in the Granite State, potentially challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen next year, his words will be closely monitored–and gaffes like that could be used as ammunition against him.

Video of his mix-up was sent out by American Bridge, a liberal opposition research group that tracks Republican candidates.

Brown stokes more speculation about Senate run in NH

Brown, who owns a vacation home in New Hampshire, has been taking steps recently that further fuel suspicions he may run for the Senate. He wrote an opinion piece for FoxNews.com this week, highlighting what he describes as the negative effects of the federal health care law in New Hampshire, rather than in Massachusetts.

Last month, in another hint about a possible run for the Senate in New Hampshire, Brown dropped the 'MA' from his Twitter handle.

He will also serve as the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire GOP's holiday reception on Dec. 19.


Filed under: 2014 • Massachusetts • New Hampshire • Scott Brown
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    Location "flub"? More like location fail! Which will lead to campagin fail! LOL!

    December 6, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I am curious to know what the rules are in New Hampshire. I want to know how is it possible for a candidate to run a MA Senate seat in 2012, and then be eligible to run for NH Senate seat in 2014. I mean like, don't they have residency requirements and restrictions up there?

    December 6, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. tim

    who cares? If liberals think this is the issue with which to take a stand, it shows you how stupid they are.

    December 6, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Someone give Scott Brown a compass so he can find his way back to Massachusetts.

    December 6, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. g

    maybe he should phone somebody and find out where he is

    December 6, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    tim
    who cares? If liberals think this is the issue with which to take a stand, it shows you how stupid they are.
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    We don't think it's an issue. However what we think is an issue is the point that Rudy NYC made: "I am curious to know what the rules are in New Hampshire. I want to know how is it possible for a candidate to run a MA Senate seat in 2012, and then be eligible to run for NH Senate seat in 2014. I mean like, don't they have residency requirements and restrictions up there?"

    December 6, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    This is the shining republican genius who will save the GOP from extinction? Everyone is entitled to move around the country and run for office, but Brown should establish residence first.

    December 6, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. R Thomas Berner

    This signifies nothing. Happens all the time. Sometimes pols are honest and ask the crowd: Where am I?

    Cut them a break.

    December 6, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Tom

    Well at least he didn't hail the brave patriots who battled the English in the famous battle of Concord NH as Michelle Bachamann did.

    December 6, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Winston Smith

    The hand being tipped toward the forehead, once held a small cup of brain matter. He missed.

    December 6, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Brown's devotion is not to the citizens of New Hampshire but to his own political ambition.

    December 6, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. rla

    Progressives are getting more vapid by the minute– Election by misrepresent got us Obama no more

    December 6, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    rla

    Progressives are getting more vapid by the minute– Election by misrepresent got us Obama no more
    -----------------------------
    Classic. Insult the messenger when you do not like the message. The article is about a Republican, not a "progressive", who appears may have misrepresented his residency in either MA or NH. I'm most curious about which state he declared as his residence on his 2012 federal tax return.

    December 6, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    For some of the paid right wing posters – After the Kochs and Fox fire you, you have such vivid imaginations, you might be able to get a job at "the onion."

    December 6, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Tampa Tim

    It is a shame that our president still has to clean up republican crap.

    December 6, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    I am curious to know what the rules are in New Hampshire. I want to know how is it possible for a candidate to run a MA Senate seat in 2012, and then be eligible to run for NH Senate seat in 2014. I mean like, don't they have residency requirements and restrictions up there?
    -------
    Instead of posting this on every thread that hits this topic, why don't you just go look it up?

    December 6, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    I am curious to know what the rules are in New Hampshire. I want to know how is it possible for a candidate to run a MA Senate seat in 2012, and then be eligible to run for NH Senate seat in 2014. I mean like, don't they have residency requirements and restrictions up there?

    Instead of posting this on every thread that hits this topic, why don't you just go look it up?
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    Because the exercise is pointless until he actually declares, and the info is useless without seeing his most recent tax returns.

    December 6, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Randy, San Francisco
    Brown's devotion is not to the citizens of New Hampshire but to his own political ambition.
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    Yes. And to give him credit, he is quite proud of his fundraising abilities.

    "I've been to Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, I've been all over the New England area, certainly, talking and helping people raise money," he said, when answering a reporter's question."

    Should Brown announce he will be running against Shaheen in NH, no doubt he will have already given the good folks of New Hampshire a in-depth look at Mr. Me, Myself, and I (aka) Scott Brown.

    I also doubt he will be well received as a candidate for the US Senate in New Hampshire.

    December 6, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    I am curious to know what the rules are in New Hampshire. I want to know how is it possible for a candidate to run a MA Senate seat in 2012, and then be eligible to run for NH Senate seat in 2014. I mean like, don't they have residency requirements and restrictions up there?

    Instead of posting this on every thread that hits this topic, why don't you just go look it up?
    -----------
    Because the exercise is pointless until he actually declares, and the info is useless without seeing his most recent tax returns.
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    Then why so curious? Let it go... you'll sleep better.

    December 6, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Tim

    OMG, that's worse than Obama lying to 300,000,000 for years. You go get em Libs

    December 6, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. current state of the union

    Look it up, or let it go, preferably look if up Rudy, I too am curious

    December 6, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. sonny chapman

    "OOPS"!!

    December 6, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. i'malib

    He probably doesn't even know we have 57 states. What an idiot.

    December 6, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. CryBabies

    Remember Joe Biden..."This race is all about a three letter word J-O-B-S. And Barack Obama referring to visiting 54 states on the campaign trail? As sonny chapman says "OOPS"

    December 6, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. just asking

    at lleast he was referring to a real state. btw, did obama ever locate states 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56 or 57??? hahahaha....

    December 6, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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