It’s looking more and more likely that Scott Brown will make another play for the Senate--this time, turning to New Hampshire voters to get him there.
The former Massachusetts GOP lawmaker sent out a fundraising plea on Wednesday for the New Hampshire Republican Party, in which he blasted the woman he would challenge, Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, as well as her “liberal special interest allies in Washington.”
Brown made no declarations of his intention to enter the New Hampshire race, but the email marks the latest in a series of signals suggesting as much. After losing re-election last year to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Brown sold his house in Massachusetts while maintaining his vacation home in the Granite State. Brown also dropped the “MA” from his Twitter handle, making it simply @SenScottBrown. And in one of his heaviest hints yet, Brown headlined the New Hampshire Republican State Committee’s holiday reception last month.
Those moves were apparently enough to convince a Democratic super PAC of Brown’s interest in running--a 30-second television ad released this week by Senate Majority PAC paints the former Bay State lawmaker as a Wall Street puppet, who is now “shopping for a Senate seat in New Hampshire.”
Hitting back at the ad, entitled “#Bqhatevwr” after a nonsensical tweet Brown says he wrote accidentally, the Republican called it proof Shaheen and her Democratic allies were “scared.”
“It's no wonder liberal and out of touch special interest groups in Washington are rushing to Senator Shaheen's defense and trying to prop her up by attacking me and distorting my record,” Brown said in the fundraising email. “They are already spending over $150,000 on misleading ads because they don't want voters to focus on Shaheen's abysmal record and her broken promises.”
Here is the full text of Brown's email:
[name],Jeanne Shaheen and her liberal special interest allies in Washington are scared.They're scared because they know that New Hampshire voters are fed up with her failed leadership and they're ready to replace her in 2014.But Washington politicians like Harry Reid won't let her go down without a fight. Shaheen has been a loyal foot soldier for her party leadership and an automatic vote for the failed Obama agenda. During her unaccomplished term in the Senate, she has voted with President Obama 95% of the time, cast the deciding vote for ObamaCare, and even voted against all of the grandfathering amendments offered to protect New Hampshire families' current healthcare plans. Please Help The New Hampshire Republican Party Defeat Shaheen By Donating $100, $75, $50 or $25 Today.So it's no wonder liberal and out of touch special interest groups in Washington are rushing to Senator Shaheen's defense and trying to prop her up by attacking me and distorting my record. They are already spending over $150,000 on misleading ads because they don't want voters to focus on Shaheen's abysmal record and her broken promises.Shaheen promised that Granite Staters could keep their health insurance if the liked it. But today, tens of thousands of New Hampshire families have lost their health care, medical options are decreasing and premiums are going up. Shaheen promised to address our debt and deficits, but instead she voted for the wasteful stimulus boondoggle that added to the debt but didn't add jobs.In November, New Hampshire voters get a chance to hold her accountable and replace her with a fiscally responsible candidate. But Republicans will need to launch a vigorous campaign against the millions of dollars in special interest money that Shaheen's Washington allies are willing to spend to protect her.That's why your contribution to the New Hampshire Republican Party is so important. Help them fight back against Barack Obama and Jeanne Shaheen's liberal agenda by donating today.Thank you,Senator Scott BrownP.S. - Your investment of $100, $75, $50 or $25 today will go a long ways towards helping our Republican candidates win in 2014.