Shaheen goes on the attack against Brown
August 27th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
6 years 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. rick

    Here we go with the ?take control? Mention again. Thats the key word that most are missing. In essence take control of the flow of money that supposed to go for some program of assistance to some un needed junk like paving a road with some politicians name on it 5 times in a year. Or a worthless library nobody wants or uses in middle of nowhere.. In the book 1984 its basis was to waste effort and expenditures by the ?rulers? To keep the masses in poverty and never use it for more usable stuff. See any paralell?? These people dont care about the avarage person. Just power and control of them.. If you dont.. Need to wake up..

    August 27, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "he's for fiscal responsibility"

    Fiscal responsibility =/= $20B in unnecessary subsidies to the most profitable corporations on the planet.

    If you have trouble wrapping your head around that concept, you might want to try removing your tinfoil hat.

    August 27, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Gunderson

    I know it is hard for some of you to believe but the Government isn't your Nanny! It is up to you to Book your own life! There are going to be abrupt changes in November! If you want to get ahead you will have to do it yourself! If Henry Ford had waited for the Government to do it you would still be walking! As it is the Economy is down about 30 percent and will not get much better until the Liberal's are sent packing!

    August 27, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. jboh

    I see Rick McDaniels is earning his Koch roach paycheck today. TEA/GOP want their corporate puppet masters to control every aspect of everyone's life, just as they already control the government thanks to the Roberts(yes Johnnie, you own it) court.

    August 27, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Name uche agonsi uche agonsi

    How can a Massachusetts looser/dropout/reject come to claim lordship in NH. ...N H should give the 'Undesirable' boot like Ma.

    August 27, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Ever Notice...

    Ever notice that most Dem/lib women (like Shaheen) look like they play on a women's softball team called the "Mullets"?

    August 27, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. salty dog

    Hey captain baby talk, if your looming to remove the dependence on government, nanny support why don't you have a problem with the deep red states, there is your nanny states, why do you have such s hard time with that, you act like you don't want people dependent on the government, yet your gop states are the nanny states, what part of that don't you get?

    August 27, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. ChrisM

    Not to worry, Brown won't . The good people of New Hampshire do not like fly by night people like Brown.

    August 27, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. ChrisM

    correction: Brown won't win

    August 27, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. mark

    Gunderson is clueless! The GOP is nothing more than a bunch of neo-nazis who want to control every aspect of your life – from conception til death! Best thing to do is kill off the GOP and replace it with a pro-American political party – like the Democratic Party!

    August 27, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Ever Notice...

    Ever notice that most Dem/lib women (like Shaheen) look like they play on a women's softball team called the "Mullets"?


    No, but I HAVE noticed the way ALL republicant women, regardless of the way they look, don't have two active brain cells to rub together. Why are republicants so shallow that they judge/choose women politicians based on their attractiveness (which BTW is subjective)?

    August 27, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @Ever Notice...
    Ever notice that most Dem/lib women (like Shaheen) look like they play on a women's softball team called the "Mullets"?
    Of all the important issues and philosophical differences, you have identified the key issue. Form your opinion based on how a woman candidate looks. But you keep on telling yourself the Dems are the sexist ones.

    August 27, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Ol' Yeller

    @Ever Notice...

    "Ever notice that most Dem/lib women (like Shaheen) look like they play on a women's softball team called the "Mullets"?"

    Ever notice how the rwnj's war on women continues daily, but whenever this pointed out to them, they go all wide eyed and innocent and say deep things like, "What?"

    August 27, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. salty dog

    Over 40% of income from the government, yet your silent, truth hurt a little sport? Deep red = nanny state.

    August 27, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. Silence DoGood

    @Gunderson "I know it is hard for some of you to believe but the Government isn't your Nanny!"
    The Walmart-Koch-BurgerKing Corporate Nannies that are trickling down on us is a worse alternative.

    August 27, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    correction: Brown won't win

    You are correct. Brown won't win. This article is nothing more than CNN patting itself (and Scott Brown) on the back because in all likelihood he is going to win his primary. Beyond that he is toast.

    August 27, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Ever Notice...

    Now playing second base – Janet Napalitano! And rounding 3rd – Elizabeth Warren!

    August 27, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. The REAL Truth...

    Could some Republican provide examples of where the GOP has actually DECREASED the size of Govt, REDUCED taxes (other than Dubya's disaster), SIMPLIFIED legislation, and REDUCED the amount of Govt in our lives.
    As a right-leaning fiscally conservative, socially liberal independent who believes in reduced govt, less taxes, etc., I have asked these questions of my staunchly pro-GOP friends. They can't answer them either. In doing my own research, I have not been able to find where they did that.. anytime over the last 60 yrs.
    Since Brown wants to extend "freebies" to the most profitable corporations on the planet, I pose the question.

    August 27, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    –you got to be idiotic to put this nation in Rethuglican hands. USA, better wake up. They are the "ONE" that sent this nation to wars, trickle-down to rob its treasury. Yes, now it is recuperating–stocks are prima facie evidence. 17k more hit. Lean, be educated. Old Americans need to learn they are benefiting from ACA Law. Shhh, donut hole is not hole in donut–benefit in prescription medicines. Good lucks, America, god bless us all....

    August 27, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Lizzie

    mark, guess you never watched "Life of Julia" put out by the WH

    August 27, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Gunderson

    Gee Sorry Peeps!
    Once again your Nanny Speaks! This time it isn't Walgreens but Burger King! Sorry but old Liberal Mantra, WITH YOUR MONEY AND MY BRAINS, WE WILL GO PLACES speaks again! Does Canada ring a bell? Does China ring a bell?, does Mexico ring a bell? When burger King leaves the country things are getting tough! But, old Gunderson say, you vote you get! You don't like Trickle Down Economics? OK I bite, believe that comes under the Heading of BEGGERS CAN'T BE CHOOSERS. And remember, before government can be your Nanny, Wall Street has to be your Nanny, No wall Street, no money, no Nanny. See how that works? Man am I on a Roll today!

    August 27, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Ever Notice...

    Now playing second base – Janet Napalitano! And rounding 3rd – Elizabeth Warren!


    Another thing Dem women are good at – unlike the vapid mannequins on the right who aren't capable of doing anything without the 'help' of a man.

    August 27, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Lizzie

    The REAL Truth... They can't, why don't you ask Harry Reid, why none of the proposals from the house pass his democratic test. Only those by democrats are worthy of review, and then brought to the floor of the senate without discussion or any amendments. Vote for it as is, no questions ask. Remember the President, elections have consequences, I won, now sit down.

    August 27, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Grace

    Please, it's not even a contest. NH doesn't want Brown. He and his corporate buddies are wasting their money.

    August 27, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Tom1940

    A quote I heard of what Margaret Thatcher said during one of her campaigns: "When the attacks upon me by political opponents becomes "personal", then I know that I am ahead, because I've won all of the political ones!" (Well said!)

    August 27, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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