Group goes after Scott Brown with new ad
January 8th, 2014
11:57 AM ET
7 months ago

Group goes after Scott Brown with new ad

(CNN) - Former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts hasn't launched another bid for the Senate, but he's already being targeted in negative television ads.

The Senate Majority PAC, a group that works to keep the upper chamber in Democratic hands, launched a new spot Wednesday that blasts Brown as he considers a Senate bit from the neighboring state of New Hampshire.

If Brown throws his hat in the ring, he would be challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Ready to define Brown before he potentially enters the race, the Senate Majority PAC's new ad paints the former Senator as a favorite on Wall Street.

The narrator says in the 30-second spot that Brown is "shopping for a Senate seat in New Hampshire" and "that's good for Wall Street and great for Scott Brown."

"But it doesn't make sense for New Hampshire," the narrator adds.

The commercial marks the first time the group has gone after Brown this cycle. The ad will run for 10 days in New Hampshire, and a spokesman said the ad buy cost more than $150,000.

Responding to the ad, Brown told CNN that Shaheen and her allies are using it to distract voters from the disastrous rollout of the federal health care law.

"Running sleazy negative ads against a person who's not even a candidate shows how scared she really is about her re-election," Brown said. "The residents of New Hampshire deserve better."

"In addition, she has raised millions from Wall Street and don't forget she missed the filibuster summit a few months ago to attend a Wall Street fundraiser," he continued. " Disingenuous."

Brown has been dropping hints that he might make a bid to return to Capitol Hill from New Hampshire, announcing recently that he was moving there.

The former Senator, who owns a vacation home in the Granite State, sold his Massachusetts house in December and served as the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire GOP's holiday reception, one of a number of trips to the state he made last year to speak to local Republican groups.

Brown also sparked speculation when he removed the "MA" from his Twitter handle in November.

Ending Spending, an advocacy group that's encouraging Brown to challenge Shaheen, went up with its own TV commercial against the Democrat in December, criticizing her support of the federal healthcare law.

Brown, who was elected to the Senate in a 2010 special election in Massachusetts to fill the remainder of the term of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, was defeated in his 2012 re-election bid by Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who built her campaign as a crusade against big banks.


Filed under: 2014 • Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire • Scott Brown • Senate
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    GOP is gone to dogs, pretty much sure.

    January 8, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The ad isn't negative. It's stating the obvious. Former Sen. Brown, you were dubbed Wall St's favorite senator. Now why is that?

    January 8, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. O'drama ya Mama

    "Running sleazy negative ads against a person who's not even a candidate shows how scared she really is about her re-election," Brown said. "The residents of New Hampshire deserve better."

    Sounds very similar to all the negative ads being ran against another person who isnt even a candidate yet. Her name happens to be Hillary Clinton.

    January 8, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Gates says something about Biden in his book: CNN all over it. Top of the morning Ticker.

    Gates says equally bad things about GOP/Teatroll House: CNN pretends it never happened. No Ticker article.

    Documents thoroughly prove that the Fort Lee Bridgeghazi incident was indeed, undeniably politically motivated and that his aides were literally expressing glee in their emails over doing it: CNN studiously ignores it. No Ticker article.

    January 8, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Where's the article about the documents/emails that thoroughly and undeniably prove that Bridgeghazi was politically motivated and that Christie's aides were literally expressing glee over doing it and saying things that indicate they have a political hit list with respect to Dem mayors in NJ?

    January 8, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Where's the article about the documents/emails that thoroughly and undeniably prove that Bridgeghazi was politically motivated and that Christie's aides were literally expressing glee over doing it and saying things that indicate they have a political hit list with respect to Dem mayors in NJ?"

    I suppose we just have to wait for CNN's "political team" to stop hyperventilating first. However, I'm sure the Ayatollah Santorum and Cowboy Fonzie and a few other rabid Teatrolls with 2016 aspirations are positively giddy over this tidbit CNN hasn't figured out how to whitewash yet.

    January 8, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    todays new headline......"blah blah blah" The GOP response.."deflection from the ACA"......nothing new to see here people. move on

    January 8, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. kane sfl

    he didn't do much for mass when I was there, like Romney the tax cheat.

    January 8, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    Tax code to redo.

    January 8, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Uh, but didn't Brown demonstrate limited support for the ACA when he was running for Senate in his first race? Yes, mainly because of support for Romneycare in Mass., but he never had to actually vote in the Senate on the Affordable Care Act. His first Senate vote came in June 2010. Once he was sworn into office, Brown immediately took the party line, blasting the ACA.

    January 8, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "But it doesn't make sense for New Hampshire," the narrator adds."

    What's got Brown all upset with this ad? Simply removing MA from his twitter handle isn't exactly a "I'm ready to call myself a New Hampshirite" ringing endorsement of truth.

    January 8, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Stuffitu

    Brown must scare Soros and the democrat lobs an awful lot. For them to start defaming, demeaning and diminishing (standard liberal campaign tactics to avoid discussing issues) this early. I guess thy are boeeowing a page from the supreme leader (and most corrupt president) in trying to justify his campaign against people who actually work and pay taxes. In his warped mind they represent a threat to his corrupt regime.

    January 8, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Uh, but didn't Brown demonstrate limited support for the ACA when he was running for Senate in his first race? Yes, mainly because of support for Romneycare in Mass., but he never had to actually vote in the Senate on the Affordable Care Act. His first Senate vote came in June 2010. Once he was sworn into office, Brown immediately took the party line, blasting the ACA.
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    Nope – wrong on MANY points. He campaingned totally opposed to Obamacare (I live in MA, so don't think you can pull this whopper of yours off). He also became Senator in February of 2010. The Republicans were calling him #41 because he would be the 41st vote. Instead, the house under Broom Hilda passed the previously passed senate version and worked out the differences by reconciliation.

    January 8, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Nope – wrong on MANY points. He campaingned totally opposed to Obamacare (I live in MA, so don't think you can pull this whopper of yours off). He also became Senator in February of 2010. The Republicans were calling him #41 because he would be the 41st vote. Instead, the house under Broom Hilda passed the previously passed senate version and worked out the differences by reconciliation.
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    Whopper? Give me a break. I merely asked a question. Your reply was over the top, but typical. Your definition of a lie is as far out there as some of your views.

    January 8, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |