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. Sniffit

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

    Yawn. Yeah yeah, we know....everything bad is directly his fault and responsibility and everything good was something something Jesus and the GOP/Teatrolls tapdancing on rainbows. Boring.

    August 26, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. jinx9to88

    The Ad is funny I cant stop laughing. She complains about all these items going up in price but yet she will vote for a Republican that is against raising the minimum wage. Is she so stupid that she thinks Brown can stop inflation? Then again she is a voting for a Brown so maybe she is.

    August 26, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Bill from GA

    What is really odd is that we accept the idea that it is somehow fair that the 1.3 or so million people in New Hampshire have the same vote in the Senate as the 38 million in California. If you are going to buy a Senate seat, you get so much more for your money in these low-population states.

    Whatever happened to equal representation?? The Constitution CAN be amended.

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

    Well, she's a single mom who is reportedly going to vote republicant... what does that tell us?
    She's not very smart if she is going to vote for the party who does everything in their power to keep her poor and her children poor. Everything they can to keep from paying her a fair wage or ensuring she has the ability to manage any future pregnancies. They won't raise a finger to make her life better, just use her to get their carpetbagger challenger elected and then will proceed to mollycoddling the people who least need mollycoddling.
    Do the republicants really believe if they make a commercial with a person claiming to be a single mother, that this will cause the other single mothers to ignore reality and vote for the party who does absolutely zilch to try and better their lives? Is the next commercial going to be an African American kid walking down the street talking about how electing brown will make him feel safe? Or, a young Hispanic (with papers) who talks about their arrival in America and how brown and his ilk met them with open arms?
    Yes, that should work... just make a commercial which has absolutely no basis in reality and maybe that will bring these people you crap on daily around to vote for you.

    August 26, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Bill from GA

    mike in NH – " Jeanne Shaheen has she's changed and she's no longer one of us, "

    And the male model from Massachusetts IS??

    August 26, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. reality check please!

    Dar Reaganomics killed the middle class, and ushered in recird inequality, just as designed, your mindset is exactly what they want it to be, go figure. I love how you make working people out to be the problem. You've been brainwashed, I know you don't think so but ever ask why when interviews with expert economists about this, when they are asked about your argument, it being unfair to the rich, they have to collect themselves before answering, but they all have said that the rich crying foul is absolutely absurd. If its so bad why is inequality at its highest ever, and accelerating?

    August 26, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @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.
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    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?
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    Conservative "trickle down" is the right wing version of a Nanny State. Just give corporations what they want and it will all trickle down and take care of the economy.

    And speaking of smoke screens, the Koch's interest in "grass roots" movements like the TP have largely been to benefit corporate tax reduction. It has nothing to do with any conservative movement.

    August 26, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Yes, that should work... just make a commercial which has absolutely no basis in reality and maybe that will bring these people you crap on daily around to vote for you."

    Well, yes. There is also the possibility that Scott Brown finds himself to be absolutely gorgeous to single women and is looking to exploit his manly appearance where the "inferior" female vote is concerned. Or something.

    August 26, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. reality check please!

    Hook, line and sinker, they get a special kind of enjoyment from people like you, tickles their conservative Christianity . And next your going to tell me their voting rules are designed to protect against voter fraud, that doesn't exist, and in no way meant to deter voting by minorities, please!

    August 26, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "a health care plan that works for all of us."

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "a health care plan under which only the chosen shall survive, as it was meant to be."

    August 26, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "Strong retail politics skills,"

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "He's for sale."

    August 26, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. J Anthony

    @Dar: the real bloodsuckers are the private bankers who own and control our monetary-system. Some of your wealthy heroes are not so virtous, they are parasites. Learn about it and maybe you won't be so quick to spout rightwing nonsense.

    August 26, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. reality check please!

    Its merely coincidence that every single change to voting rules in these states greatly favor the Republicans, coincidence and nothing else, talk about being in absolute denial.

    August 26, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "And next your going to tell me their voting rules are designed to protect against voter fraud, that doesn't exist, and in no way meant to deter voting by minorities, please!"

    Indeed.

    #NOBODY'SFOOLED

    August 26, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. reality check please!

    And I thought a grass roots movement was people coming together to (here's the tricky part) give their time to help organize, and come together to rally, not because that's their actual job, being paid to do it, their signs already made, talking points preprogrammed.

    August 26, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. J Anthony

    The entire concept of "trickle-down" economics is an insult to the populace. What's needed are some "trickle-up" policies...anyone who buys into the former are either in denial,, or benefit directly from these ridiculous policies that have hollowed out the middle-class and created the phenomenon of widespread "working poor". This cannot stand.

    August 26, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Klutch Cargo

    Aw, So,
    Real Reality Check. better check your Retirement Plan! It's later than you think! You don't like Trickle Down Economics? Well, you can start your own business! However get ready for so many Regulations you might want to start in Canada! That's where the next Corporation is moving! Burger King! Brought to you by your Local Liberal. Ain't Democracy fun!

    August 26, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Tampa Tim

    Klutch – if your republican retirement plan were tied to the market, you would be praising our president. Evidently, Spinner and Paddlefoot are expected to take care of you.

    August 26, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. reality check please!

    They're moving to Canada, I'll give you a hint as to why, the Koch brothers have control of their government, when's the last time you seen books banned, removed from public libraries, and burned? And the reasons are exactly the same, climate change had been outlawed, it dare not show its face in Canada, yup, it doesn't exist they're, the Koch brothers said so, welcome to your future.

    August 26, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Lizzie

    Tampa .... So your 401K is not tied to the market, you keep the money under your mattress.

    August 26, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Tampa Tim

    yolanda
    Yet another thoughtful post from @Tampa. My day is complete.
    --–
    Since you have no republican accomplishments to brag about besides government shutdowns, credit downgrades, bank bailouts, Great Recession, record unemployment, ruined housing and auto industry, unnecessary wars, etc. I guess the only thing you can do is try to be cute and clever like Fair. Thanks for reading my posts.

    August 26, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Tampa Tim

    Lizzie – I have almost made up for the great republican stock market crash of 2008. I am good to go. Thanks for worrying about me.

    August 26, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. Gurgyl

    Raise the tax on those that make 250k or more. Banks are not the problem, it Republicans not passing Jobs-Bill. Bring Manufacture. Drive less to save on gas. Then these Oil companies will understand you, USA. Yes, today, oil is produced more–price needs to come to 1:50 or less. Dollar is getting stronger too. Wake up, USA, revolt.

    August 26, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID

    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??????

    August 26, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. reality check please!

    And why don't you let Ms worry about my retirement, and fyi, I pay a trained professional to handle that, and thanks to Obama its rebounded from losing over half its value, and let's see you blame Obama for my loss, even though he wasn't in charge yet something went horribly wrong, and the Republicans told me it was his fault, so its gotta be, somehow, right? Just keep drinking, you'll be fine!

    August 26, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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