Brown gets more encouragement to launch Senate bid in N.H.
December 16th, 2013
05:14 PM ET
8 months ago

Brown gets more encouragement to launch Senate bid in N.H.

(CNN) - An advocacy group that is encouraging former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts to launch a Republican challenge next year in neighboring New Hampshire against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is going up with a new TV commercial criticizing the Democrat for her support of the federal healthcare law.

Ending Spending tells CNN that its TV spot will start running Tuesday in the Granite State. The group says it's spending in the low six figures to run it for a week.

The commercial starts with the narrator saying: "On health care, Jean Shaheen didn't tell the truth." That's followed by a clip of Shaheen from a Senate floor speech in 2009 in support of the Affordable Care Act that cleared Congress the next year with only Democratic support.

"You can keep your insurance if you like it. It will increase choices for families. It will promote competition," says Shaheen in the clip.

Those comments, first made a number of times by President Barack Obama as he pushed for passage of the sweeping health care measure, came back to haunt him this fall as some Americans were informed they wouldn't be able to keep their coverage because their plans didn't meet standards mandated by Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Ending Spending has been a vocal critic of the health care law. It has supported politicians who oppose the measure and is beginning to attack politicians who support it.

Brown has been a critic of the law and the group launched a "Draft Scott Brown for Senate" online ad last week.

Ending Spending tells CNN that they were inspired by University of New Hampshire student Jeremy Baker's "Draft Scott Brown" online petition, which grabbed a bunch of media attention after going up on Tumblr earlier this month.

Brown has lately been dropping more hints that he might make a bid to return to Capitol Hill from neighboring New Hampshire.

Brown, who owns a vacation home in the Granite State, will serve as the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire GOP's holiday reception on Thursday.

He's already made a bunch of trips to New Hampshire this year to speak to local Republican groups.

In January 2010, the little-known Massachusetts state senator, pulled an upset in a special election to serve the final three years of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy. Last year, Brown lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

Since leaving Capitol Hill, Brown has taken an on-air contributor gig at Fox News, has served as a colonel in the Army National Guard's office at the Pentagon and as an attorney at the Boston law firm of Nixon Peabody.

He passed on running in a special election in Massachusetts earlier this year to fill the term of former Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who stepped down to become Secretary of State. And Brown announced earlier this year that he wouldn't make a 2014 bid for an open governor's seat in the Bay State.

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


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Ol' Yeller

    A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says... "Why the long face?"

    Bah- dump- bump!

    December 16, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. tom l

    A man walks into a bar and says "ouch!"
    :)

    My favorite joke of all time

    December 16, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Since leaving Capitol Hill, Brown has taken an on-air contributor gig at Fox News, has served as a colonel in the Army National Guard's office at the Pentagon and as an attorney at the Boston law firm of Nixon Peabody."

    Asked why he is now carpetbagging to NH and kept hopping from job to job in the past several months, he admitted "once you get that first taste...it's like nothing else can ever satisfy..."

    December 16, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. simplyput

    Not politically savvy enough to understand why anyone would think someone who "does his homework" as Sen. Hart put it, and is a good man to become a veteran's advocate wouldn't be a good senate choice. Then again, he was such an embarassment to Democrats when he replaced Kennedy after all those years, they'd vote ANYONE than be faced with a good looking, fighting Republican. Go Scott.

    December 16, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. tom l

    @Sniffit
    "Asked why he is now carpetbagging to NH and kept hopping from job to job in the past several months, he admitted "once you get that first taste...it's like nothing else can ever satisfy..."

    ======

    So.....were you saying similar things about Hillary Clinton when she ran for senate in New York?

    December 16, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Ol' Yeller

    "once you get that first taste...it's like nothing else can ever satisfy..."

    Weird... that is exactly what that te abag ger (aka – cokebagger) from the House said.

    December 16, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Once you get that first taste . . . Brown is now quoting Meth heads?

    December 16, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. Thomas

    He would love Texas !

    December 16, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. Evergreen

    There isn't a full time resident in New Hampshire that's capable of representing the people of New Hampshire?

    December 16, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Evergreen

    I guess if Mr. Brown does not win, he can buy a vacation home in another State and try again.

    December 16, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |