Shaheen goes on the attack against Brown
August 27th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
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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. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    JAB says:
    August 27, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am
    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.

    Agreed. Since when is fighting back considered attacking? If someone attacks me first and I fight back. How am I attacking them? It's exactly like the 2012 campaign. Mitt was attacking the POTUS prior to even being nominated. The minute the POTUS fought back the MSM said he was attacking Willard.
    Liberal media my eye.

    August 27, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Brian

    There is absolutely no reason at all to elect Scott Brown. The only reason he's running in NH is because he knows he can't win in MA. It's disgusting to watch politicians move around for no other reason than the hope of winning. Scott Brown has never lived in NH, he knows nothing about NH, he shouldn't be representing NH.

    August 27, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. critical thinking

    BROWN WILL WIN AND SHAHEEN KNOWS IT !

    Support Obama and pay the price

    August 27, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Dr Van Helsing

    "Reynaldo
    Dems only tax and spend. Replace them with fiscal convervatives." Swell, what's a convervative? All this says is that you are a dullard and can't understand politics, so you memorize a few catchphrase from the hate show and blabber them out like a parrot. See, if it was as easy as you think, your party wouldn't have to tell all these lies to hang on another year.
    "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!!" Hillary did a lot of work for New York. Brown doesn't intend to do jack squat for New Hampshire. There's your difference.

    August 27, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Al

    Here is someone that is so anti-oil that she voted against an amendment for Highway funding on July 29. Not once but three times. Good thing that “big oil” employs people even being put in the crosshairs of such people, and roads is also made with products from “big oil”.

    But voted against a bill that would require education and training to help people get off government handout programs on Jun 25.

    But she voted each time YEA for when a judge was to be a pointed. And she also voted for the Democrats largest tax increase on the working people by voting for the Democrats ACA that has had to have a tree size stack of exemptions to the law.

    No, she is not what the good tax payers need in office, unless you enjoy watching tax dollars wasted.

    August 27, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Treebeard

    Reynaldo

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

    --------------------------------------------------

    Nice myth you have there.
    There has never been a fiscally conservative Republican president in the White house.
    NEVER !!!!

    August 27, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. DustyOnesIsBack

    @ Brian...how about Hillary in New York?

    August 27, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    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!!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And the republicants ripped her to shreds for it. Therefore, as the 2012 also-ran likes to say: "sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander." Whatever that means.

    August 27, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. sly

    "Fiscal Responsibility" means elect Democrats.

    President Obama has led our nation to record economic growth, 401k growth, record deficit reduction.
    In California, Governor Brown took a $20 billion deficit and now we're basking in record surpluses.

    Republicans led us into the Bush Economic Collapse of 2007.
    Republicans idea of fiscal policy is to close all government forever. They actually tried it! (Try taking on ISIS without any military spending?)

    August 27, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Al

    Here is someone that is so anti-oil that she voted against an amendment for Highway funding on July 29. Not once but three times. Good thing that “big oil” employs people even being put in the crosshairs of such people, and roads is also made with products from “big oil”.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    So what was the republicants' excuse for THEIR wholesale vote against the highway bill? Or is it only a problem when a Dem does it?

    August 27, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Marcus (from...?)

    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.

    To be fair with him, the Republicans did used to be fiscal conservatives, perhaps just a little too much, and then LBJ signed a law and and all those dissatisfied Southern dems drove in drones to their party...
    He's just stuck in the 50's!

    August 27, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    DustyOnesIsBack

    @ Brian...how about Hillary in New York?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hillary never served as an elected official in one state, lost her bid for reelection, then moved to another state in an attempt to run again. Apples to oranges.

    August 27, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    --New York is a melting pot, with all well-educated folks. Got it? You can NOT fool them.

    August 27, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Raoul Duke, Doctor of Journalism

    "Support Obama and pay the price" Better government? No problem. Give me a third helping of crying Republicans and upset billionaires, please. I love to hear those Koch Bros whining and see the tears trickle down Boehner's orange-tinted face while the DNA proves Trump's an orangutan-human hybrid and Bachmann's eyes pop out like hardboiled eggs. "Closing a bridge to the Twenty-First Century" is their proud new motto, and the Dancing Horse will be there to sing and dance for everyone. Load up the Clown Car of Candidates and get it rolling!

    August 27, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. aaron

    Brown actually wasn't bad as a senator. He was willing to compromise for the good of his state, which is rare in DC nowadays. However, that state was Massachusetts. Can't really understand why NHers would elect someone who moved to their state solely to win a political office. Most states are very prideful that they send their own to represent them.

    August 27, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. c-lo

    Brian

    There is absolutely no reason at all to elect Scott Brown. The only reason he's running in NH is because he knows he can't win in MA. It's disgusting to watch politicians move around for no other reason than the hope of winning. Scott Brown has never lived in NH, he knows nothing about NH, he shouldn't be representing NH.

    _______________________
    AKA Billary?

    August 27, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Raz Tan

    "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. "

    Not quite true. That would be the pharmaceutical companies. At least the big oil companies aren't killing us. The same can not be said of big pharma.

    August 27, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. salty dog

    Al, is that your attempt at critical thinking, tell us what else was in those bills, nah, the whole truth, that never favors Republican ideology. Where's your boys $ coming from? One quick look to Canada should raise concern, the Koch brothers have taken control of their politicians, burning books, and outlawing them, nope, nothing wrong with that. These are the ones vying for control of your government, and by extension, your life freedoms will be taken, why is it so hard to see that? The prime minister of Canada calling out our president, demanding he quickly approve the keystone, careful what you wish for. They lied to you about the keystone, you really think that the 80% approve of it BS? You honestly think they told the people they surveyed that it's not our oil, were not buying it from Canada, were not selling it to Canada, were to refine it here, which is the worst stuff ever. You think they told them that big oil has successfully lobbied to cap their liability? Typical gop BS all lies!

    August 27, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    This ayotte is the little lady who tends behind her men in congress to remind US that they he a woman in their midst.
    Which helthcard is she talking bout? The twit's or the ACA. Funny how no that it working thy can't rant bout it.
    @name mike d, funny you should mention orphaned American kids because your KY quack instead of helping American kids, orphaned or not, is in Guatemala helping some of those people he had the teaklans don't want in this country. I he thinks Latinos are going to give him their vote because of his fake generosity he's really bat crap crazy.

    August 27, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. American Worker

    Do we want an impartial and inclusive government that respects our personal liberties and national diversity?

    Or do be want to continue this course of having political operatives in the IRS and other agencies that do the bidding of those who use government to impose their will and doctrine upon us.

    We need candidates that will honor their oaths and duty to be inclusive, impartial, and will respect our diversity.

    Sectarian, Secular, or ? Elitist/Supremacist have not been and will not.

    August 27, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    @gunserson, most of those taking from your so called nanny are from the south and they keep voting teaklan and will do so until they die of starvation or sickness with no medical help.
    Economy down? Really? On which planet because certainly, today, not on Earth.
    DOW over 17,000, S&P closed over 2,000 for the first time ever, more people are buying homes, unemployment is down, businesses are hiring again. Which clown on faux news are you listening to?

    August 27, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Raoul Duke, Doctor of Journalism

    I can't imagine what the GOP is thinking. They intend to run Mitt and Sarah Palin against Hillary and whoever she picks? They will be slaughtered like baby seals. No Republican candidate seems to even be sane these days. Look at them grooming Chris Fricken Christie as the best looking, most stable, and least anti-American Republican they've got, and you see a barrel's bottom being scraped.

    August 27, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Kevin C.

    I'll vote straight dem the fall. We don't want Brown in NH.

    August 27, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. ljgathena

    ...and so it begins... Another cycle of broken government and lie upon lie, brought to you by big business.

    Wake up America! We are all in this together. There is no right or left, only right and wrong.

    August 27, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Scott Brown needs to go back to why he dose best , " Male Modeling ".

    August 27, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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