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. Reynaldo

    Dems only tax and spend. Replace them with fiscal convervatives.

    August 27, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Ever Notice...


    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)?
    Agreed. Most con/repub women politicians (Palin, Bachman) are heinous halfwits. Just calling em" like I see em"

    August 27, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. JohnRJohnson

    Maybe, in the next election, Scott Brown will run in Connecticut or Vermont. A politician in search of a constituency.

    August 27, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "Man am I on a Roll today!"

    Yeah...thanks for revealing that....MDMA abuse certainly might help explain your inane babytalk posts.

    August 27, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Norma Vessels

    Scott Brown couldn't win in Massachusetts the last time around, because the people there got to know him during his run against his opponent, and they didn't like what they saw. Now Scott Brown is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the good people in New Hampshire.

    August 27, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Rudy NYC


    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?
    Sooner or later Burger King will figure out what Walgreen's eventually figured out. If they move, so will the customers.

    August 27, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Steve in CT

    Reynaldo – Over the past 50 years, the numbers have shown the Democrats are the most fiscally conservative, not the "Borrow and Spend" republicans

    August 27, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Dr Van Helsing

    Scott Brown is looking for a new state to bleed dry, like a vampire whose grave has been opened. I'd advise NH to drive a stake through his heart before he has time to bite them and spread his contagion. Then cut off his head and bury it at a crossroads.

    August 27, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. JAB

    Scott Brown has been attacking Shaheen for months now. He needs to take his carpet bagging butt back to Mass where he belongs. This is her first ad against him and it makes CNN! What gives there?

    Hey Reynaldo, we tried that and we got a war that killed thousands of our best at a huge cost which is still not paid for so your theory is in error.

    August 27, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |

    Just plain tired of it all. Politicians tax us, divide us and tell us it's fair...and we, as our own enemy, continue hating on each other. At the end of the day, the bills we never see or hear about get bi-partisian passage with a handshake and a wink of an eye, feathering their own nests, while rewarding big business with laws that make America a work poor country.
    Just plain tired of it all. Who really speak for Us?

    August 27, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. sly

    America is done with Republicans.

    We've had a great 7 year's of success, and looking forward to 9 more years!

    Good times for Americans – thank you President Obama.

    August 27, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. excuse my rant

    Dems only tax and spend. Replace them with fiscal convervatives.
    You mean the fiscal conservatives that tax cut and spend? I will give props to conservatives coming up with the elegant theory that became known as the Laffer Curve which illustrates tax cuts can lead to increased revenue. But somewhere along the line they adopted the belief that tax cuts ALWAYS leads to increased revenue.

    August 27, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Anonymous


    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!)


    Which of the two candidates is launching personal attacks against their opponent?

    August 27, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. excuse my rant

    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!)
    That didn't hold true for John McCain in the 2000 Republican primary when George W. Bush started attacking John McCain and his wife in political ads.

    August 27, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Rosslaw

    Has Brown finally figured out what state he's running in? That in and of itself would be a huge step forward. And Kelly Ayotte endorses him. Wonderful. Serious question-can anyone state anything of any value in the real world that Kelly Ayotte has done? Seriously.

    August 27, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. steve

    Bad title. I read that like they were raging on the ferguson MO event.

    August 27, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. wileysee

    Another cnn political ad for the liberals....keep that biased reporting coming and you can continue to downsize.

    August 27, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Sooner or later Burger King will figure out what Walgreen's eventually figured out. If they move, so will the customers."

    Meh. Burger King bought a large and popular Canadian franchise so they could make more headway in the competition for the breakfast crowd as the 3rd largest fast food joint in the world. Attributing any change of HQ from here to Canada (or whatever they're actually doing) to anything other than that acquisition is freekin ridiculous.

    August 27, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Ben Daviss

    Shaheen has lived here in New Hampshire for decades, knows the state, was elected twice as governor, and has a record of accomplishing real, practical things that have benefited us. Brown can barely remember which state he's supposed to claim undying love for. He has no record from his days in the Senate and no ideas to offer now. His campaign: "Shaheen stinks, so I'll be a good Senator." Huh? Let's have some concrete, positive, policy proposals from Brown. Then we can begin to have a real conversation.

    August 27, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Hoffhort

    I would love to know what his "healthcare plan that works" consists of, exactly?

    August 27, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Ian's Rushtache

    Reynaldo says:
    August 27, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am
    Dems only tax and spend. Replace them with fiscal convervatives.

    Who are these fiscal conservatives you speak of?

    Republicans only cut taxes and spend. TP only wastes money on shutdowns and Issa hearings.

    The empirical data suggests that your side are not the saviors they have presented themselves to be.

    August 27, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. truth

    with gang banging friends like the Democrats and Republicans, who needs enemies? We got two parties that are filthy rich off money they stole from every single one of us, both parties only listen to their lobbyists, and give US the middle finger. Abolish the Democrats AND the Republicans, form our own party OF THE PEOPLE, end the FEDERAL RESERVE and return to sound money.

    August 27, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Ian's Rushtache


    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!)

    That would be the same Margaret Thatcher that was actively involved in the cover up of the police and government responsibility for the death of 96 citizens at Hillsborough. She is just another conservative who yap about personal responsibility until it is time for her to take responsibility.

    August 27, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. 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!!

    August 27, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Democrat Junk

    @ JohnRJohnson...He's consulting with Hillary on that very tactic.

    August 27, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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