Shaheen goes on the attack against Brown
August 27th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
4 months ago

Shaheen goes on the attack against Brown

(CNN) - The Democratic incumbent in a key Senate race that may very well decide which party controls the chamber next year is going up with her first attack ad against her likely Republican challenger.

The campaign of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire announced Wednesday morning that they're launching a new TV commercial that highlights what they say is former Sen. Scott Brown's record of protecting big oil companies. The spot is the eighth of Shaheen's 2014 re-election campaign, but the first to criticize 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 big oil companies are the most profitable on the planet. But Scott Brown voted to give them $20 billion in taxpayer subsidies," says the narrator in the ad. "Big Oil gave Scott Brown thousands of dollars within days of his votes. Now Big Oil is spending millions to get him back to Washington."

The commercial also includes short interviews with New Hampshire residents who are critical of Brown.

"Scott Brown is in it for Scott Brown. Nobody else. Not New Hampshire. No way," says one man, at the end of the ad.

The Shaheen campaign tells CNN that the spot ran statewide for at least a week on WMUR and WBIN, New Hampshire's two main broadcast stations, as well as on cable television.

Ever since Brown formally declared his candidacy back in April, the Shaheen campaign repeatedly characterized him as being tainted by money from the big oil interests, but this is the first time they've broadcast that message on a paid TV ad.

The spot's release comes as the New Hampshire Democratic Party launched "Big Oil Billionaires for Brown," a campaign they say will include earned, paid, and owned media initiatives.

The commercial's release comes one day after the Brown campaign went up with a spot statewide on TV that highlights support from the state's other U.S. senator, Republican Kelly Ayotte.

"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," said Ayotte, in the commercial.

The race has also seen lots of spending by outside groups on both sides of the aisle. And Tuesday two of those groups, who are supporting Brown, took to the airwaves with new ads.

A WMUR/Granite State poll released last week indicated Shaheen held 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.

The New Hampshire GOP says the new Shaheen ad is a reaction to what appears to be a tightening of the race.

"Jeanne Shaheen’s dishonest ad is the latest sign that the senator is in a full blown panic after polls have confirmed that voters are souring on her record of voting with Barack Obama 99 percent of the time. Shaheen is a desperate Washington politician who has insulted her constituents by refusing to hold traditional town hall meetings, and Granite Staters are ready to replace her with a responsible Republican senator who will put New Hampshire first," said Jennifer Horn, chair of the Republican State Committee.

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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.

"Jeanne Shaheen and her allies are doing everything they can to stop Scott Brown in the primary. Their negative attacks won't work because voters can see for themselves there are real differences in this race – on jobs and the economy, on immigration and on foreign policy," said Brown campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Guyton.

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.

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Filed under: 2014 • Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire • Scott Brown • Senate
soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    This guy gave twenty billion dollar subsidy to big OIL COMPANIES, he received 460,250.00 from big Oil–very unethical, immoral guy to buy this election–worst than corruption. Vote straight democratic ticket. None of these Republicans care USA any longer. God bless!!!

    August 27, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "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," said Ayotte, in the commercial.
    -----------------------------
    Health care plan? Does anyone know what health care plan that Ayotte is talking about?

    August 27, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    The Democrats want total control of America.........and the lives of every single citizen, in detail.

    August 27, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. Anonymous

    The republicants want total control of America.........and the lives of every single citizen, in detail.

    August 27, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  5. Redme

    Dems are destoying the concept of individual responsibility . Its just not right to beat that drum .

    August 27, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID

    About time you STOOD UP to this GOP RETREAD and one term GOP LOSER and REJECT from Massachusetts . Vote democrate and get rid of these GOP OBSTRUCTIONEST that are making America look like a third world nation, brown did nothing for the state of mass but ride around in his JUNK truck!!!!!

    August 27, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Anonymous says:
    August 27, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am
    The republicants want total control of America………and the lives of every single citizen, in detail.

    And every woman's hooha.

    August 27, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Lizzie

    Anonymous
    The republicants want total control of America.........and the lives of every single citizen, in detail.
    -not to worry, democrats already control over 50% of Americans.

    August 27, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID

    It's pretty funny that the GOP DOESNT THINK they are going to LOSE ANY SEATS in November , they must think they will be REWARDED for doing NOTHING FOR SIX YEARS. Oh YEA, LOST 24 billion dollars in their FISCIL conservative GOVERMENT SHUTDOWN and CREDIT DOWNGRADE !!!!

    August 27, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    --I bet repealing the current healthcare that is saving millions of Americans from Greedy Insurance companies, greedy Doctors, greedy pharmacy guys–that is what Kelly coyote is saying just like Fox lady, ha!! Shutting down the government with Mike Lee, Tx, Marco Rubio, and that fox faced guy-rand Paul etc. Very pathetic. Drive all these republicans away for nation's good. Evil goes away. If you care poor, middle class, women etc, vote for straight democratic ticket.

    August 27, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Redme

    Dems are destoying the concept of individual responsibility .

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Really? How so?

    August 27, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Lizzie

    Anonymous
    The republicants want total control of America.........and the lives of every single citizen, in detail.
    -not to worry, democrats already control over 50% of Americans.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I'm a dem, and NOBODY controls me. The frepublicants give dems too much power over them. What's up with that.

    August 27, 2014 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    ca………and the lives of every single citizen, in detail.
    —not to worry, democrats already control over 50% of Americans.

    Sure except the Democrats aren't telling people whom they can and cannot marry, they're not forcing them to carry their attackers spawn and they're not telling women if you're attacked either lay back and enjoy it or magically "shut that thang down."

    August 27, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The commercial's release comes one day after the Brown campaign went up with a spot statewide on TV that highlights support from the state's other U.S. senator, Republican Kelly Ayotte."

    Stick with Shaheen, New Hampshire. Kelly Ayotte is a major disappointment. Why add another to that list of panderers looking out for themselves first and New Hampshire last?

    August 27, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Klutch Cargo

    Well Sure,
    Attack Big Oil. After all we are now down to riding bicycles. Who can afford gasoline anymore. Checking on who gave Big oil Tax Breaks is anyone's guess. Even Checking who gave Solendra Tax Breaks, (Now Bankrupt) is anyone's guess. Oh sorry wasn't that Obama? Like being able to get gas for your car when you need it? Want a job? Harry Reid ain't it.

    August 27, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. mrivera1119

    In other words, this Democrat is taking a page off Scott Brown's Republican Book of Dirty Tricks for some pay pack fun? Let's see how this shameless sophist likes a taste of his own medicine.

    August 27, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. Name mike d

    The democrats are selling this country out by refusing to stop this invasion from the south. This country is quickly being destroyed by these sellouts. And the fact that they don't want to stop the invasion, give all these immigrants benefits and rewards for coming, put those kids ahead of our orphaned America kids, how disgusting. Wake up America

    August 27, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    "Scott Brown is in it for Scott Brown. Nobody else. Not New Hampshire. No way,"
    ------------------------------------
    And that pretty much sums it up. Wall Street's favorite senator is not welcome back to the U.S. Senate.

    August 27, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. O'drama ya Mama

    Rudy NYC

    "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," said Ayotte, in the commercial.
    ---------–
    Health care plan? Does anyone know what health care plan that Ayotte is talking about?
    August 27, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Was just saying the same thing. They are still going to try and run on this? "Vote us in and we'll replace Obamacare...with what you ask...just vote us in and we'll worry about that later"

    August 27, 2014 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. Dead Bear

    @Rick McDaniel... says the guy who supports candidates who want to turn this country into a Christian theocracy.

    August 27, 2014 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Name mike d

    The democrats are selling this country out by refusing to stop this invasion from the south

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except President Obama is sending more illegals back to their home countries than any of his predecessors. In other words, YOU LIE!

    August 27, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. Ol' Yeller

    @Rudy NYC

    "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," said Ayotte, in the commercial.
    ---------–
    Health care plan? Does anyone know what health care plan that Ayotte is talking about?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I'm guessing it might be the elusive 'replace' part of the republicant's fantasy of 'repeal and replace' of the ACA.

    ayotte is a crooked republicant making a political commercial to support another crooked republicant.... it doesn't matter what comes out of their piehole in this situation.... it will obviously be a lie (misstatement), false statement (taken out of context), or a bald faced lie (I misspoke).
    You've had skin in this game long enough to know that...

    August 27, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Was just saying the same thing. They are still going to try and run on this? "Vote us in and we'll replace Obamacare...with what you ask...just vote us in and we'll worry about that later"

    Yes! McFadden is running the same type of ads against Franken. Beyond the fact that McFadden can pull out his own stitches and can maneuver his multi-thousand dollar Suburban towing his multi-thousand dollar boat and trailer into the boat launching pad on the first try, he's come amazingly short of offering ANY plans or solutions or ideas or strategy or platform of that which he DOES support, although I presume his commercials do give his "support" away to those bothering to pay attention (albeit unintentionally – or not) in his words and actions. Dude definitely isn't running for the benefit of the little guy.

    Reminds me of 2010 and JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!. A whole lot of words and very little action. Vote me in, but don't expect anything from me after I've won my election.

    August 27, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. matt

    Scott Brown would run for Senate in Alaska if he had to. He's a carpet bagger.

    August 27, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. sonny chapman

    Scott Brown is for...Scott Brown.

    August 27, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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