First on CNN: New group goes up with spots in crucial Senate race
August 25th, 2014
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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.

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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. J Anthony

    @smitty- prices have been rising stealthily for decades, and presidents have no control over what things cost. Or haven't you noticed the world didn't begin in 2009? And now you too are going to be stupid and say James Foley was beheaded because Obama plays golf? You people are unbelievable. Not a single thought or suggestion for how to change this country for the betterment of all, just alot of noise. Don't you ever get tired of being mewling hypocrites?

    August 25, 2014 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. Democrat Junk

    Sniffit ....Your response to Obama being responsible for the great performance of your retirement account........Baloney.

    August 25, 2014 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  3. rick

    And we are supposed to care about what..?? All this states is ?control?. Nothing about any issues local or otherwise. If can get these many seats take ?control? Of this.. Or control of that. And a small mention of something to give reason. The key words here are ?control? Nothing else. Easily seen..

    August 25, 2014 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  4. J.V.hodgson

    She really need to study the thing Republicans would take away from single moms like her Including Health care., when that happens her child is no longer guaranteed cover.
    Bo doubt she has been well paid for her appearance in the ad, even if indirectly like free gas for a year from some local friendly neighborhood republican gas station owner!?
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    August 26, 2014 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  5. Marie MD

    @poor poor 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.
    WOW! The right wing is really out of their combined bat crap minds. If I remember correctly, please feel free to change anything with the faux news stories, gas under shrub #43 was as high as over $4, Daniel Pearl was beheaded under his watch also in 2002 and that didn't keep him from cutting ugly shrub on his TX ranch or go golfing too, the economy tanked and most people lost half or all of their savings when the market dropped to under 7,000. I believe it is not over 17,000 again?
    In other words, smitty, bad things happen all the time. Nobody, and I mean nobody unless it affects you up close and personal, stops doing what they need or want to do because life goes on. You can't change what happens to one particular person. Have you stopped going to work (if you do) or eating or whatever it is that you do on a daily basis because of any of the above silliness you accuse Obama of? I bet not!

    August 26, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  6. Marie MD

    I believe poor Daniel Pearl's beheading video occurred in 2004 not 2002 but it was still under the shrub #43 watch.

    August 26, 2014 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    -Daniel Pearl under Bush the Thush-please. Just don't go to Muslim nations, read India History, you comprehend how many times India got invaded in 5000 years. Learn, be educated. Good luck.
    PS: don't listen to GOP garbage.

    August 26, 2014 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  8. mike in NH

    This Ad is spot on. The sentiments of Ms Nunez tell the story of how NH has fallen out of love with Jeanne Shaheen as she's changed and she' no longer one of us, she a 99.4% DC Beltway Progressive voting just like Reid wants her to. Shaheen was a popular conservative Dem governor, but that changed after her 5 yr stint at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

    Shaheen ran for Senator in 2008 under the warm memories and governing record of her 3 terms as Governor that ended in 2000. She also benefited from Obama coattails. As Nunez states Shaheen got lost along the way while commuting to Mass for her Kennedy School indoctrination.

    Brown's appeal as a small government fiscal conservative independent bi-partisan voice resonates with NH voters who are tired of a broken government, and his strong retail politics skills are working to win over one vote at a time.

    August 26, 2014 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. reality check please!

    Right, the Republicans wanted to raise your taxes, and. all but eliminate them for the rich, is there some part of that you morons missed, the Republicans, help you, now that's a load of hooey!

    August 26, 2014 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    -Daniel Pearl under Bush the Thush-please. Just don't go to Muslim nations, read India History, you comprehend how many times India got invaded in 5000 years. Learn, be educated. Good luck.
    PS: don't listen to GOP garbage. Yes, listen to Chris..El, just get out and vote for direct Democratic ticket. God bless!!

    August 26, 2014 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  11. Vince

    It must be more expensive to live in NH than in NJ...which seems odd. The news this morning reported the lowest state gas prices in 7 years, my PSE&G energy bill was lowered $10/month, and I haven't noticed any increases in my grocery bill. Must be tough in NH.

    August 26, 2014 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  12. reality check please!

    Strong retail politics skills, oh, you mean he's a good liar, continue. By the way, you want real outrage, why do you think eliminating taxes on the rich and big businesses, is going to make your life better, dying to hear it. All experts in this field are calling the trickle down what it is, policy that further favors the rich, their getting richer, your life's getting worse, and you actually believe further wealth to these people will make your standard of living rise, again tell me how.

    August 26, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  13. reality check please!

    Small government fiscal conservative,.. bahh ahhh ahhh, don't ask how just listen, and believe, you felling richer yet, no, you need to pay more taxes, that's sure to do it .

    August 26, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  14. J Anthony

    @mike in nh: we're all sick of broken government. But if you think these people are going to do a damn thing about it, you're kidding yourself. Especially guys like Brown who are tools for the plutocracy...wwake up pal

    August 26, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    reality check please!

    Strong retail politics skills, oh, you mean he's a good liar, continue. By the way, you want real outrage, why do you think eliminating taxes on the rich and big businesses, is going to make your life better, dying to hear it. All experts in this field are calling the trickle down what it is, policy that further favors the rich, their getting richer, your life's getting worse, and you actually believe further wealth to these people will make your standard of living rise, again tell me how.
    ---------------------------------
    Conservatives argue and criticize Democrats for supporting policies that are "transfer of wealth", while at the same time arguing for enacting "trickle down" economic policies that they claim will allow wealth to transfer from the wealthy downward to the middle class and the poor. Did I forget to mention that conservatives also say that people should stand on their own two feet and make it on their own, and not to expect help from anyone?

    Trickle down economic policies have actually been an stunning success, which is why Reagan is revered in the right wing. The policies were never intended to create jobs, but rather designed to be a smoke screen for reducing and eliminating taxes for the wealthy. Can you say Trojan Horse?

    August 26, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    J Anthony

    @mike in nh: we're all sick of broken government. But if you think these people are going to do a damn thing about it, you're kidding yourself. Especially guys like Brown who are tools for the plutocracy...wwake up pal
    ----------------------------–
    Exactly. Most Republicans are agents of the wealthy, out to break government in order to create a new one, a plutocracy.

    August 26, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Brown's appeal as a small government fiscal conservative independent bi-partisan voice resonates with NH voters who are tired of a broken government, and his strong retail politics skills are working to win over one vote at a time."

    Yeah. Whatever.

    August 26, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. Bill from GA

    It is true that the price of gas and oil has gone up under President Obama.

    When Obama first took office, oil prices were at rock-bottom due to w-cheney crashing the world economy. Oil in mid 2008 reached an all-time high of around $145 per barrel, then fell to well below $50 per barrel before Obama took office.

    As the world economy, and especially the USA economy, improved under Obama, the price of oil also increased along with more demand.. It has since leveled off and even retreated.

    Food prices are high now mainly because of the drought in the West. Somehow, that will also be blamed on Obama by many.

    August 26, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. reality check please!

    Strong retail politics, sorry, but I rather liked that one. I mean I know the gop is for sale, but I think its more of a wholesale price, considering control of hundreds of millions is what their after, and with a whole bunch of money being spent to intentionally misinform you, its been quite effective. Just wait until the keystone passes, you won't believe what is coming, just remember the Republican party views compromise as capitulation, but doing exactly as the Koch brothers tell them, is just doing their job

    August 26, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Lynda/Minnesota says:
    August 26, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am
    “Brown’s appeal as a small government fiscal conservative independent bi-partisan voice resonates with NH voters who are tired of a broken government, and his strong retail politics skills are working to win over one vote at a time.”

    Yeah. Whatever.

    😊😊Good morning my friend!!!

    August 26, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. 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.
    For everything that Obama has given you, he has taken away and made our economy worse. If you didn't have food stamps people would understand just how much food has gone up over the past few years. But getting things for free, you will never know or care.
    Electric.......... mine went up this last year tremendously, how about yours?? Never mind, most of the blood suckers don't pay for that either.
    How about gas and diesel fuels...............we are exporting more crude than we have in history. Did it help us? NO! Why not? Crude and fuels are a commodity just like orange's are. The more there is of something the less it is worth. = savings to us. Not happening is it. You figure that one out blood suckers. Your hero let you down again by not stopping the excessive exports or taxing it to death so it doesn't make sense to ship it out of here.
    At least Obama hasn't raised taxes on us yet.................right??

    August 26, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. Bill from GA

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

    As if you would question anything. Rightie, all the way.
    (And there are plenty of lefties exactly the same.)

    August 26, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Wake Up

    And a very good morning to you ... !

    August 26, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    Uh-oh. Looks as if we've got our first "welfare" comment of the morning. Looks to be a day filled with sunshine and roses from those no better off than the folks they're pointing fingers at.

    August 26, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. Bill from GA

    Democrat Junk – "Sniffit ....Your response to Obama being responsible for the great performance of your retirement account........Baloney. "

    But I thought fox "news" claimed the markets were high (artificially, of coourse) because Obama (the Feds) pumped $4 trillion into them?? The markets liked the stability of the infusion. Quantitative easeling, or something like that. Ask Palin; she knows all about it.

    August 26, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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