First on CNN: New group goes up with spots in crucial Senate race
August 25th, 2014
04:52 PM ET
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First on CNN: New group goes up with spots in crucial Senate race

(CNN) - Add another organization to the list of outside groups running ads in the Senate battle in New Hampshire, which is turning into a key race that could determine which party controls the chamber next year.

CNN has learned that Independent Leadership for New Hampshire is going up Tuesday with its first television commercial in support of Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown.

The Super PAC was formed a couple of months ago to support Brown, the former GOP senator from neighboring Massachusetts who moved to the Granite State late last year and is considered the heavy favorite to win next month's Republican Senate primary. The release of their first ad comes just a few days after a new poll indicated Brown was basically all tied in a November general election showdown against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the state's former governor.

The spot features Jennifer Nunez, a voter from Gilford, New Hampshire.

"I'm a single mom. It seems like gas prices are always going up, oil prices are going up, my groceries are going up, electricity's going up. I'm doing the best that I can to make ends meet," says Nunez in the ad.

Nunez, who's currently a registered Republican, adds that "I voted for Jeanne Shaheen as governor but I would not vote for her again. I don't feel like Jeanne Shaheen is helping people like me. How do you vote with Barack Obama 99% of the time and still say you're an independent? I feel like Jeanne Shaheen has changed and the middle class has paid the price."

Independent Leadership for New Hampshire, which is run by Granite State based GOP strategist Patrick Hynes, tells CNN that it will spend six figures to run the ad statewide on broadcast TV.

While commercials from outside groups focusing on the Senate race have flooded Granite State airwaves, an official with Independent Leadership for New Hampshire says their spots may stand out because "we've got real people from New Hampshire, predominantly women, talking about how the polices of Sen. Shaheen and President Obama are negatively impacting their lives."

The Shaheen campaign, in a statement, said that "Scott Brown has a history of making personal attacks to score political points. Now Scott Brown and his allies are attacking Jeanne Shaheen for her advocacy for breast cancer research and for health care for women fighting breast cancer."

"Scott Brown ought to be ashamed of his buddies twisting the facts and misleading New Hampshire," added Shaheen campaign spokesman Harrell Kirstein.

The spot was one of three ads to come out on Tuesday that backed Brown. The Ending Spending Action Fund, a conservative outside group that's been very critical of the new health care law, said it was spending seven-figures to go up with what it called a multidimensional effort attacking Shaheen that includes a minute long spot that accuses the Democratic senator of cronyism.

"The Shaheen family gets richer. New Hampshire families get the bill. Washington has changed Jeanne Shaheen," says the narrator in the ad.

The group went up with commercials last December advocating a draft Brown movement, in the months before Brown announced his candidacy.

"We’ve all seen some pretty low, really irresponsible, completely made-up political attacks over the years, but Ending Spending is sinking to a new low, bringing Massachusetts style politics here to the Granite State. Their ad is outrageous and false," said Shaheen campaign manager Mike Vlacich, in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Brown campaign Tuesday released a new ad in which the state's other senator, Republican Kelly Ayotte, says "I support Scott Brown because I know that he's for fiscal responsibility, accountable government, and finally a health care plan that works for all of us. He will give everything he's got for New Hampshire."

The Independent Leadership for New Hampshire PAC's spot follows the Republican strategy of trying to tie Shaheen to the President. A WMUR/Granite State poll released last week indicated that Obama's approval rating in the purple state is down to 38%. The President grabbed 52% of the vote in the state in the 2012 election.

That same survey indicated Shaheen with a slight two-percentage point margin over Brown in a general election showdown, which is within the poll's sampling error. Surveys earlier this summer showed Shaheen with leads between 8 and 12 points.

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Before Brown can concentrate 100% on Shaheen, he first has to deal with the September 9 GOP Senate primary. Brown is considered the overwhelming favorite in that contest against former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith and former state Sen. Jim Rubens.

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If the GOP can flip the seat in New Hampshire and five others, without losing any ground, they will win control of the Senate in November's elections.

Democrats have a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party). But in the midterms, the party is defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states like New Hampshire.


Filed under: 2014 • Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire • Scott Brown • Senate • Senate Race
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  1. Sniffit

    "Do you really think the SMART people of New Hampshire are going to elect the SLOOPY SECONDS from the Massachusetts GOP when brown was already KICKED OUT OF OFFICE after a FAILED ONE TERM??????"

    Never underestimate the contrariness of people in NH. It's the SC of the north. In general and in many ways, they were the perfect target for the Teatroll mentality and the astroturfing of that whole ideology and fake "grass roots" movement.

    August 26, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Chris..E.Al

    The U.S.A is broke ppl . Cash for clunkers . Windows and door and insulatin . Cell phones . S0LAR ENERGY . Bailouts and handouts wars . illegals . Fast and furious and campaigns and vacations and the not so aca cost a lot of money but China has got it to give maybe ?

    August 26, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. tom l

    Sniffit said:
    "I don't live in a world of absolutes, champ"
    ====

    Funniest thing I have read all day (granted, it's still early). The only time you nuance is to defend a democrat otherwise the only world you live in is absolutes. Perfect example is Hillary Clinton and the savage reporters who had the audacity to ask her a question about a current event. In that case, you nuanced away everything and for some reason don't have a desire to know what her opinion is. Yet, when Rand Paul was pretty much ambushed along with another repub by a person who is here illegally, you were absolute on that as it involved a repub. Man, every day you become a little more delusional and a little more angry. You really need to relax and stop thinking that politicians are the end-all-be-all to your life and every other American's life.

    August 26, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    @Dar
    "I love hearing all the little blood suckers complain about the wealthy people who pay their pay checks each week and contribute more money into the government in one year than they will ever pay in a life time.
    Gotta Love these people who think that everything is owed to them. Without them there would be no middle class. LOL
    I want, I want, I want."

    Wow... we are truly blessed today folks! Yes, one of the wealthy overseers has taken the time to comment to us peons from on high. One of the elitists who truly believe they are rich because they worked hard and by their blood, sweat, and tears they made it to the top and if only the 'blood suckers' would do the same they would be rich, too (when the fact is they were most likely born into wealth and had all the advantages none of these people ever had the opportunity to benefit from).
    It amazes me that the fattest ticks on the dog somehow think they deserve to talk down to the seed ticks.
    How do you think the wealthy are able to 'contribute more money into the government in one year than they (children, disabled vets, poor single mother, minorities, you know... trash in this person's eyes)will ever pay in a life time'? Could it be because of the advantages presented to them by the ability to live in a free country which was built on the real blood, sweat, and tears of these same people you deride as not worhty?

    You gotta love these elitist republicant snobs who have had everything in their lives handed to them on a silver platter and have not had to struggle a minute of their pampered lives whine to us about how much better off the homeless, mentally ill, disabled, and poor have it.

    August 26, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Dar

    @ reality check please!
    If its so bad why is inequality at its highest ever, and accelerating?

    Good points RCP, like I said, have you paid for foods and such lately? (not saying you don't work) People are getting raises and even jobs (some are any way) but their raises cannot keep up with what this administration has burdened the employers with. So who pays for it in the end?? We do sir. Smoke and mirrors is all Obama has done for us thus far.

    J Anthony
    the real bloodsuckers are the private bankers

    J, no banker is my hero. They all should be taken away some where that they can do no harm to the human race.
    My hero's are the people who start with nothing and make it on their own merit in the business world. Real people who love and care for their employee's, work beside them every day and actually talk/laugh with them. Know their families and cares what happens to them too. These are my hero's! But they are being cast into the same realm as the bankers because the have their name on the building. Why should they be made to suffer too? Sure they make good money and I am happy for them as each year us employees are blessed by a wonderful Christmas gift each year that our families can better them self's with. Profit sharing.
    Without the profit that the employers are use to making who will suffer for it? You got it, the workers, the middle class workers who are having a hard enough time now just trying to keep up with this so called better economy.
    To each his own.

    August 26, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Do you really think the SMART people of New Hampshire are going to elect the SLOOPY SECONDS from the Massachusetts GOP when brown was already KICKED OUT OF OFFICE after a FAILED ONE TERM??????"

    Doesn't say much about the people of NH that they are willing to vote for a has been who never offered much during his one and only term as US Senator, does it? America watched this has been that was booted out from his own state travel from one state to another until he found just the right state to believe in his bull of looking out for the little people.

    August 26, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Sniffit

    " The only time you nuance is to defend a democrat otherwise the only world you live in is absolutes. "

    Yawn. My posts, particularly on some of the issues that have come up on the Ticker over the past couple weeks have been both critical and forgiving of both GOPers/Teatrolls and Dems. You just don't pay attention, hear what you want to hear and then mischaracterize whatever is being said so you can re-launch your attempt at high-horsing the "both parties are the same" argument while you vehemently defend everything the GOP/Teatrolls are doing and saying.

    Oh, and have fun with the new study that came out that proves the whole idea of a libertarian movement is a lie because they consistently come up as (a) not having actual libertarian views and (b) not having views different than the general public even though the folks who self-identify as libertarian like to THINK that they do.

    August 26, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "Yet, when Rand Paul was pretty much ambushed along with another repub by a person who is here illegally, you were absolute on that as it involved a repub."

    Indeed. And you know why I cited it? To show (a) that the GOPers/Teatrolls and CNN were acting biased and (b) to state, quite fairly I think, that neither Ryan nor Clinton really deserved to be criticized for not answering someone who was trying to hijack their book signing. It's right there in what I wrote, but you're ignoring the very clear and fair assessment I gave both Clinton and Ryan for refusing to answer. I note that it's fun to see them put on the spot like that but that it's not exactly something you can criticize them for when they refuse to play the game.

    August 26, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Sniffit

    " In that case, you nuanced away everything and for some reason don't have a desire to know what her opinion is."

    Again, I was fair to both Ryan and Clinton. I'd love to know what each of their opinions are on the subjects they were asked, but I don't blame...nor did my posts blame...either of them for refusing to answer IN THAT CONTEXT. You really do have a serious and severe problem with reading comprehension. Do I really have to go back and quote my whole post so you can look stupid?

    August 26, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Klutch Cargo

    Shucks,
    I don't blame Obama for big crash of Economy. Your friend and mine, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, big Liberals forced Banks to loan money to people who had no business getting a loan in the first place. Some got loans where they only had to pay the interest for a time and then they had to pay the going rate. When that happened, guess what? Nobody could pay! At the time I thought it was stupid getting a loan and only paying the interest. It turns out I was right, it was stupid! Some Big Banks are being sued by the Government for selling loans they were supposed to know were no good! No kidding Dick Tracy what gave you your first clue! First the Government forces you to make loans they knew were bad and then they sue for making the loans! And you think i'm stupid. Well I ain't broke, I own a house in the 300 thousand range, and it is paid for! Sorry no government hand outs but by hard work! Some of you might want to try it some time!

    August 26, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Bill from GA

    Gurgyl – ". Banks are not the problem, "

    Well, Gee, now I'm wondering why Bank of America is expected to pay a nearly $17 billion fine.

    So selling junk securities and keeping the good ones, lying all the way, is NOT the problem?? Surely, it is PART of the problem.

    August 26, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Dar

    @ Ol' Yeller

    Maybe you should read my next post then you might be able to understand what I was saying.
    Sorry if I didn't articulate well enough. My bad

    PS: My family was poor too, but we worked hard and get by. I still earn a pay check every two weeks. Still owe money to everyone it seems... LOL

    August 26, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Tom l

    Yawn. My posts, particularly on some of the issues that have come up on the Ticker over the past couple weeks have been both critical and forgiving of both GOPers/Teatrolls and Dems. You just don’t pay attention, hear what you want to hear and then mischaracterize whatever is being said so you can re-launch your attempt at high-horsing the “both parties are the same” argument while you vehemently defend everything the GOP/Teatrolls are doing and saying.
    -–

    Please find one comment where I "vehemently defend everything the GOP are doing and saying". You just contradicted yourself in the same exact comment. A few sentence before you stated that all I do is sit in my high horse saying both sides are broken. I think you are so angry and filled with such venom with anyone who doesn't agree with you and has the audacity to criticize your prose that you forget what you type.

    August 26, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. bobo

    Scott Brown is a good guy.... Only those very liberal Dems in Massachusetts were able to knock him out.

    Please vote for Scott Brown... a good guy... for all Americans!

    August 26, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Ever notice how Klutch, Spinner and Paddlefoot blame Barney Frank and Chris Dodd for all the woes of the Bush initiative of 2004 to have banks make home loans available to poorer people.

    August 26, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Please find one comment where I "vehemently defend everything the GOP are doing and saying"."

    If you really want, we can go back over your consistent defense of Voter ID and the rest of their blatant, TARGETED voter suppression attempts. I'd rather move on though. I'm not here to hold your hand.

    August 26, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    "J, no banker is my hero. They all should be taken away some where that they can do no harm to the human race.
    My hero's are the people who start with nothing and make it on their own merit in the business world. Real people who love and care for their employee's, work beside them every day and actually talk/laugh with them. Know their families and cares what happens to them too."
    ------------------------
    Money? Real heroes are the people who put out the time and effort to help others who are less fortunate. Jesus did it.

    August 26, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Tampa Tim

    Ever notice how Klutch, Spinner and Paddlefoot blame Barney Frank and Chris Dodd for all the woes of the Bush initiative of 2004 to have banks make home loans available to poorer people.
    ----------------------------–
    The ADDI of 2004 wasn't aimed at poor people. It was aimed "first time home buyers" and public employees. Most of the beneficiaries of the program were people who worked for the local governments, middle class families looking to own their first home.

    August 26, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Ol' Yeller

    @Dar
    "Maybe you should read my next post then you might be able to understand what I was saying"

    I commented on your first post before you wrote the second- I render no apologies for it.
    As for your toned down second post, that is all well and good that you backed off your vitriol... but be aware, those are my peeps you were trashing there (the disadvantaged working poor, disabled folks, families who through no fault of their own are down and out, etc...) and I will get all up in your bacon if you disrespect my peeps... I don't have a lot of respect for lazy ne'er do well's myself, but the vast majority of these people are doing the very best they can with the cards they have been dealt and I don't cotton to the romney's and other 'born rich' folks or those who won the DNA lottery talking trash on my peeps (and no... I am not talking about the bright red trailer park trash who look down their noses at the person next door - who are in the exact same situation as them, because they are brown, black, red, yellow... or whatever. Those folks have the republicant party to support them, as does the rich).
    reagan talked a lot about a hand up and not a hand out... but that is all I have seen from the right for the last several decades....

    Talk.

    August 26, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    "those are my peeps you were trashing there (the disadvantaged working poor, disabled folks, families who through no fault of their own are down and out, etc...)"

    Hear, hear !

    August 26, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. ProudDem

    Chuckle....in his short Senate career Scott Brown fought for someone alright, Wall Street. There is a reason why he is one of the biggest recipients of Wall Street cash. This pick up truck man of the people nonsense is just that, nonsense.

    August 26, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID

    It seems to be MORE OF THE SAME from the FLORIDA GOP VOTE RIGGING machine down here in fort Myers and Cape Coral FL. On the NOON NEWS they showed a PILE of votes that WONT BE COUNTED ,BECAUSE, THEY DIDNT LIKE the signatures????? Can anybody on hear tell me they sign their name EXACTLY the same every time. This just tells you that these mail in ballots are not worth it IF YOU WANT YOUR VOTE COUNTED. Vote in person!!!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Dar

    @ Ol' Yeller
    I don't have a lot of respect for lazy ne'er do well's myself
    Anyone who is trying has my support, the blood suckers are the ones that I despise. Fakes on social security that can work but say they are disabled, people who say they filled out applications that simply went through a phone book and wrote down a business name so that they could keep a check coming from the government. The list goes on and on. Those are the worst of the worst to me because they take away from the ones who really need it when they are down and out. You can call them Peeps, but I can call them blood suckers because they are draining society as I see it.
    Thus the strong statements from my first post, as it usually brings out the people who don't like to hear the truth about their selves. They always come on strong and harsh to defend their way of life.
    I hope you are not one of those people.

    August 26, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Honestly

    It is good that some retirement accounts are doing well, but be careful of greed. (1 Timothy 6:10)
    Hard work alone is not a recipe for success. Corporations or (if you will) people would find it difficult or nearly impossible to do business by themselves or within a government with little to no resources to provide infrastructure. Forgive me I am being too obvious, but I am persuaded to speak out after reading some of the comments in this blog. (Proverbs 23:5)
    Even though this country has nurtured corporations for many years (some to prosperity), yet some choose to leave. Well, thank God that this is a free country…businesses can leave if they wish. (Lamentations 3:40)

    August 26, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    "Please find one comment where I "vehemently defend everything the GOP are doing and saying"."

    I offer you the same challenge that you offered me. Name one thing the GOP is doing that you oppose. Clock starts now.

    August 26, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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