Shaheen goes on the attack against Brown
August 27th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
2 weeks 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. Rudy NYC

    "marcos

    Do all the commenters that are flailing Brown for his out of state run forget that Hillary did just the exact same thing in her run for New York State Senator!!
    ----------------------
    Not the same thing, not at all. Hillary Clinton moved to New York State in 1998, and had filed a couple of years worth of NYS tax returns by the time she ran in 2000. How long has Brown been living and filing taxes in NH?

    Unlike Brown, Hillary Clinton won an election, and a re-election. Brown lost his re-election bid to Warren. Unlike Brown, Clinton didn't move to another state to run again for the U.S. Senate. Nope, there's no "same thing" here.

    August 27, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    The REAL Truth... – " Could some Republican provide examples of where the GOP has actually DECREASED the size of Govt, "

    Here in Georgia, after w-cheney totally crashed the economy, our republican government laid off thousands of school teachers, Does that count??

    And our governor in Georgia caused two thirds of the state ethics committee staff to leave (budget cuts?) when they started investigating him. Does that count??

    August 27, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Chipster

    Fiscally conservative Republican president? Now, there's an oxymoron of gigantic proportions. The last "fiscally conservative Republican president" we had started a 2nd unnecessary war while fighting a war in Afghanistan, diverting resources and costing a fortune! He also left us with UNFUNDED programs like No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D that are a large chunk of the spending since Obama became President. He bailed out 2 major industries just before leaving office, leaving those for Obama to manage too. That doesn't even begin to count the cost of Cheney's electricity deregulation scams, corporate welfare for energy producers, and the environmental cost of fracking! I'll never get over Republican lawmakers actually apologizing to BP Oil because Obama required the company to pay for the damage in the Gulf ! Vote these corporate thieves OUT!

    August 27, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Raoul Duke, Doctor of Journalism

    Oh, boo hoo Hillary wears pantsuits. Whatever, kids. This article is about how Scott Brown isn't going to be able to deliver a state for his owners, and how they are going to make him do the funky chicken for failing them. We'll have ringside seat as the GOP puts him to work supporting other flailing tea candidates as they explain to wondering voters that Obama is actually a dictator. Good luck, Scottie. Don't forget to write.

    August 27, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Ol' Yeller

    "The REAL Truth... – " Could some Republican provide examples of where the GOP has actually DECREASED the size of Govt, "

    Well george w. bush, he ... no wait... he had the largest increase in the size of government in the history of the entire United States of America...ever... let me get back to you on this... I will watch faux news and they will give me a talking point I can maybe use to show you libtard commie freedom hating freedom haters a thing or two!

    Oh, yeah... I'm not a republicant (Thank you, jaysus!)

    Never mind.

    August 27, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Spgfid Tom

    Let's all band together and ensure an Obama third term. Biden/Sebelius '16....why stop the madness now!

    August 27, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    --this dude has a tendency to lose to women, dinginaburra....

    August 27, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. FidyCents

    I remember when Hillary Clinton ran for the senate seat in NY. Democrats didn't complain about her carpetbagging ways back then. Shaheen is a loser plain and simple.

    August 27, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Dean

    Bill from GA

    The REAL Truth... – " Could some Republican provide examples of where the GOP has actually DECREASED the size of Govt,

    How about a GOP controlled House and Senate under Clinton.

    August 27, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Bill from GA

    Bill from GA – " The REAL Truth... – " Could some Republican "

    I did NOT mean to imply that I am " some Republican ".

    Gawd forbid!!

    August 27, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    "marcos

    Do all the commenters that are flailing Brown for his out of state run forget that Hillary did just the exact same thing in her run for New York State Senator!!
    --------
    Not the same thing, not at all. Hillary Clinton moved to New York State in 1998, and had filed a couple of years worth of NYS tax returns by the time she ran in 2000. How long has Brown been living and filing taxes in NH?

    Unlike Brown, Hillary Clinton won an election, and a re-election. Brown lost his re-election bid to Warren. Unlike Brown, Clinton didn't move to another state to run again for the U.S. Senate. Nope, there's no "same thing" here.
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    Only a conservative ranter could turn a false equivalence Rush "factoid" into a bumper-sticker and then a historical (non)fact.

    August 27, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. MrRickinNH

    Mr. Brown is a carpetbagger who is being financed by corporation donors... and Mr. Brown doesn't give one hoot about NH. This foreign plant needs to be defeated in in the primaries in just 2 weeks. Get out and vote!

    August 27, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. logic is toxic

    Spend more than fidy cent on your next educational opportunity, please.

    August 27, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Raoul Duke, Doctor of Journalism

    "Let's all band together and ensure an Obama third term. " I'd say that running against Obama when he's not actually going to be the candidate is an excellent way to convince voters that the GOP has actually gone barking mad crazy and shouldn't be let near our government. But Biden's not going to run, honey, where do you get ideas like that?
    "our governor in Georgia caused two thirds of the state ethics committee staff to leave" Georgia got a bad Deal there. Get Carter.

    August 27, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Trooth

    "Not the same thing, not at all. Hillary Clinton moved to New York State in 1998, and had filed a couple of years worth of NYS tax returns by the time she ran in 2000. How long has Brown been living and filing taxes in NH?"

    Hillary lived in the white house from 1998-2000. Brown has lived in NH longer than Clinton had lived in NY up to this point. Sorry to have to bring facts into the conversation.

    August 27, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. navajohn

    I wonder how many more surrounding states he'll move to to try to get back into office.

    August 27, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. woodlander2

    Big oil companies are the most profitable corporations on the planet. Get real, compare Exxon Mobil profit percentage to that of Apple corp and a number of drug companies. There are a number of liberal Dems that will believe this BS, but they are not the target. We can only hope that the voters in the center are better informed voters.

    August 27, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Ol' Yeller

    "The REAL Truth... – " Could some Republican provide examples of where the GOP has actually DECREASED the size of Govt, "

    Well george w. bush, he ... no wait... he had the largest increase in the size of government in the history of the entire United States of America...ever...
    --------------------------
    George W. Bush was real slick about it. While the total change number of government employees remained arguably small over GWB's tenure, he had privatized every government job that he could. He privatized mostly the service type of jobs, such as cafeteria workers, parking lot attendants, security guards, janitors and maintenance workers. Once privatized, those job positions no longer showed up in the numbers when you added up total government jobs.

    Most of the new jobs came through the Department of Homeland Security, which as grown to become the second largest defense program in the world, second only to the Department of Defense. The last time I checked, which was a few years ago, the annual budget was over $150 billion dollars and growing at a rate to hit $200 billion by the time Obama left office

    August 27, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Hector Slagg

    What?,
    Didn't Obama run on spreading the wealth around! I am surprised at some of you people! Do you know how many people the Oil Companies put to work? Some of them may be you. And Burger King is spreading some of the Wealth around in Canada! But maybe you still need your Nanny. Humm. Stock Market up Jobs barely surviving on a 29 hour Work Week. Hey, spread that Wealth around!

    August 27, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Gurgyl

    @Hector Slag, you are right, now the one we are eating food is THAT EXPANDED WEALTH. Now we have too much wealth. Do you want some? You are soooo right, Oil is coming from Iraq for going to THAT WAR. WHAT A BRAINLESS TALK YOU MAKE. Chech with a good Psychiatrist. Tell your so called foolish, backward no good red states to EXPAND MEDICARE. For no reason people are dying for Koch greed. Remove republican repulsive from brain.

    August 27, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. American Worker

    Are there any Candidates or Political Organizations with this Charter?

    Government must:

    1. Be Inclusive, Impartial, and Respect our Diversity.

    2. Assure that it, other Governments, Businesses, Groups, and Individuals 'Let the People and our Diversity Be'.

    3. Limit Laws and Regulations to Mitigating the Actions of the Careless, Inconsiderate, Malicious, and Anti-Functional.

    4. Not allow Sectarian, Secular, or ? Organizations to use Government Powers, Agencies, or Resources to impose their Ideology/Doctrine/Religion/... upon the People or our Diversity.

    August 27, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Hector Slagg

    What?,
    Didn't Obama run on spreading the wealth around! I am surprised at some of you people! Do you know how many people the Oil Companies put to work?
    --------------------------–
    BP's "260,000" number includes all of the people working at the independently owned and operated BP gas stations.

    #NOBODYSFOOLED

    August 27, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Jcrane

    Shaheen is a joke

    August 27, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    American Worker

    Are there any Candidates or Political Organizations with this Charter?

    Government must:

    1. Be Inclusive, Impartial, and Respect our Diversity.

    2. Assure that it, other Governments, Businesses, Groups, and Individuals 'Let the People and our Diversity Be'.

    3. Limit Laws and Regulations to Mitigating the Actions of the Careless, Inconsiderate, Malicious, and Anti-Functional.

    4. Not allow Sectarian, Secular, or ? Organizations to use Government Powers, Agencies, or Resources to impose their Ideology/Doctrine/Religion/... upon the People or our Diversity.
    ===============================================================
    Yup, the United Federation of Planets.

    August 27, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Bryan

    Shows weakness and desperation

    August 27, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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