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
soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    No one with brain would listen to this republican garbage. Don't you know the SHUT-DOWN? Don't you know ACA LAW FIGHT? Don't you know BIN LADEN EVADING IN TORA BORA BY BUSH BUNCH? Don't you know HALIBURTON LOOT? Iran contra affair? Don't you know Republican held hostage as "ONE-TERM" president, by golly, people did not care–elected twice a very wise man. Don't you know Iraq war destabilized Entire Middle-East? Oil prices went up in Bush era. They did not even bring oil from Iraq–Jennifer, you pay more because of GOP trashy policies on foreign policy.

    August 25, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Smitty

    Ms. Nunez is right. Under Obumbles, gas, food, elec and cost of living has gone up. If you think the dems are here to help you are either buffaloed easily or just a little slow. Incomes down, work force is down but the bright side is Obumbles can watch a beheading and still be able to golf. You really cant make this stuff up.

    August 25, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Chipster

    Dear Single Mom, the reason you vote with President Obama is because the Republicans are doing nothing. There is nothing to vote for on the Republican side because they refuse to pass anything. Another reason to vote with President Obama is because his healthcare plan has reduced the cost of prescription medications, especially for senior citizens, people have insurance now who were previously refused due to preexisting conditions, children can remain on their parents' insurance to age 26, hospital readmission rates have fallen dramatically due to penalties for readmission. Consequences of discharging patients before they are stable have encouraged hospital to ensure patients are well enough to go home. Insurance companies must spend 85% of your premiums on health care, 15% or less on administrative costs (advertising, bonuses, and other non-medical costs. Unemployment is down from 11% to 6.2% and the stock market is above 17k. More technology and weaponry and fewer troops are being used to fight extremists in the Middle East. These are some of the reasons to vote with President Obama but above all of this, Republicans have offered no solutions to any of the problems the President has and continues to address.

    August 25, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Wow! A white republican is spokesperson for Scott Brown. Pure genius.

    August 25, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "How do you vote with Barack Obama 99% of the time and still say you're an independent?"

    Same way you form a PAC with out-of-state partisan dark money for the sole purpose of vehemently supporting Scott Brown and then stick the word "Independent" in its name.

    Seriously...these people are freekin idiots.

    "I feel like Jeanne Shaheen has changed and the middle class has paid the price.""

    ORLY? You don't like candidates who change? Is that why you're supporting a guy who ran for Senate in MA in 2012 and told everyone he "absolutely" believes that climate change is scientifically proven and is now running around spouting the party-line Teatroll rhetoric about it all being faked by the scientific community to kill fossil fuel industries and soak up grant money?

    August 25, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Chris..E.Al

    People need to get out and vote these deadbeat LWNJs out of office if they want any kind of future at all with the hope of advancement in your life and your childrens most importantly its crunch time .

    August 25, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. king

    i love how these repubs like to use women as props, and at the same time shafting them from having healthcare, women rights over their bodes, equal pay minimum rate hike, i woder if these repubs women just fell out a dark hole in the sky. where were they when the rwpub administration was taking them and the country down the shaft, are you kidding me

    August 25, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Chris..E.Al

    Get out and vote all the dems out . All they want to do is give our hard earned money to the illegals and lie to you . Dems can only give the handouts for so long the money is gone . Dems are the power hungry ones and very greedy not the repubs . Dont be fooled they have nothing to offer you but leftovers and crumbs from their feet .

    August 25, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "talking about how the polices of Sen. Shaheen and President Obama are negatively impacting their lives.""

    I don't see a single thing in Nunez's little scripted talking point vomit that talks about how policies of anyone are negatively impacting anyone's lives. It's just "things are bad now, so it must be who I say it is causing it." No explanation. No reasoned connect-the-dots. No mention of any policies. No data or statistics or evidence or exposition on why a certain policy has caused the negative result she complains of. pretty much nothing other than "me have big sad....thanks Obama." If the GOP/Teatrolls think that getting women to sound too airheaded to explain a reasoned position instead of just spouting rehearsed talking point word salads, then so be it. Given NH's proclivity for contrarianism and acting like the SC of the north, I wouldn't be surprised if it works for them there, but it's not a great national strategy.

    August 25, 2014 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Ms. Nunez is right. Under Obumbles, gas, food, elec and cost of living has gone up. If you think the dems are here to help you are either buffaloed easily or just a little slow. Incomes down, work force is down but the bright side is Obumbles can watch a beheading and still be able to golf. You really cant make this stuff up."

    And yet a lot of what you said doesn't match the data...i.e., it's made up.

    August 25, 2014 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "So, according to the Obama Administration, ISIS is a threat . In dealing with this threat, Obama is going to have to do things that he and nobody else wants to do. So my question to you is how long will it be before you and your ilk accuse Obama of being a warmonger?"

    I don't live in a world of absolutes, champ. In know that's hard for a RWNJ to understand, because nuance is hard and you struggle with it. However, if you don't understand the difference between someone who is gung-ho from the get-go and jumps right into military action with cowboy rhetoric...and maybe a big lie to help get the authorization through congress...versus someone who has quite clearly resisted the urge while deliberating with the Joint Chiefs and the rest of the administration before throwing American troops on the ground...well, I'm not surprised you wouldn't see the difference. Would I like to see no boots on the ground to address this problem? Sure. And I feel confident that so would Obama because his track record, his words and his actions don't indicate a man who is looking for an excuse to put them there (unlike others we can make contrasting examples of with ease). Will I flip out if the situation becomes such that we have no choice? No...because he's trying to avoid it and using other methods first. Moreover, he's proven before that he knows how to set a limited, concrete goal and stop when it is achieved...as opposed to just starting a war with no real goals and nebulous half-arsed justifications. The difference between this and what Dubya did invading Iraq is night and day.

    August 25, 2014 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    The market has gone up, oil prices down, more people have access health care. Seems a good reason to vote against the welfare abusing elected republicans in the senate and house.

    August 25, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    We do not need another brain dead RWNJ in the senate.

    August 25, 2014 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Smitty

    @king, Props ??? isn't that slick Willie ??? Sorry, but you left yourself too open to pass on that one !! LOL!!

    August 25, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Carlos Danger

    At lest she is not portrayed like the Democrat's "Julia" from 2012. She is not asking for anyone to support her.

    August 25, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    If I were in NH, I would vote for Brown, without any question at all.

    August 25, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Iamnotfooled

    The Republicans have Nothing. Just the same old recycled points they had for the last elections. Give the Democrats the Senate and you will see change. For the better.

    August 25, 2014 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Longtimer

    Smitty

    Ms. Nunez is right. Under Obumbles, gas, food, elec and cost of living has gone up. If you think the dems are here to help you are either buffaloed easily or just a little slow. Incomes down, work force is down but the bright side is Obumbles can watch a beheading and still be able to golf. You really cant make this stuff up.
    ________________________________
    Gas topped $4 almost nationwide under Bush. Lumberg keeps wondering why our gas is so cheap, and inflation is entirely reigned in- so care to try it again- maybe with facts?

    Meanwhile, please recall what Mr. Bush was doing on 9/11, and the entire MONTH before- yup, down cuttin' switch grass in Waco with stop off to read a children's book in a kindergarten. You can't make that stuff up either.

    August 25, 2014 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. yolanda

    Yet another thoughtful post from @Tampa. My day is complete.

    August 25, 2014 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. Longtimer

    Chris..E.Al

    People need to get out and vote these deadbeat LWNJs out of office if they want any kind of future at all with the hope of advancement in your life and your childrens most importantly its crunch time .
    ___________________________
    The Lefties are the sane ones. Say, a question: how does one advance a child's life while hacking away at education funds year in and year out? Or maybe taking poor kid's food subsidies and assistance?
    See, facts in use!

    August 25, 2014 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. rs

    Jennifer is yet another in a long line of GOP fiction. She is an actor, not a mom, nor is she Hispanic. Meanwhile the reality is: the GOP votes against Equal Pay for women; domestic violence prevention laws; subsidies for poor families; they gut education (and fund prisons); and they'll take away her right to birth control and Constitutionally protected abortion if she decides she needs it.

    The GOP war on women is negated by their fictitious and delusional TV stand-in. Pathetic.

    August 25, 2014 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. aaron

    What's Independent about the group? They're basically supporting election of a carpetbagger in a state that they have no ties to other than wanting someone in DC to vote for their interests, which likely lead back to the billionaire Koch brothers as usual.

    August 25, 2014 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Honestly

    This article sounds like some sort of fear tactic. “Free will” thinking people do not always respond to adversity the way you might think they would (i.e. be persuaded to behave or act in a predictable fashion). Ephesians 4:14. “Reasonable” minded and mature adults would likely analyze the logic contained in the message and (if you will) not descend into fear, but seek WISE solutions.

    August 25, 2014 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. Gunderson

    Problems, Problems, Problems!
    It would appear all the Big Liberal Social Programs, put in place by democrats are glaring failures. So what happened to Lyndon Johnson's war on Poverty? Shucks, it's the Republicans fault. Maybe that's why they are moving off shore. On second thought, maybe it's because people forgot there is no free lunch! So what did your grocery bill look like this week?

    August 25, 2014 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. just asking

    the far left extremist democrat party is slowing watching their stranglehold on the senate slip away, seat, by seat, by seat. obama and dirty harry reid and all their lies and obstruction are going to get a reality check this november. and not a moment too soon for this country.

    August 25, 2014 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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