EMBARRASSING: Jeanne Shaheen's Pledge Problem Exposed in Her Own Backyard
"Wish-washy, if you will"
No, those words aren't taken from an NRSC release, they are straight out of Jeanne Shaheen's hometown newspaper, Foster's Daily Democrat, used to describe her unimpressive career in Washington.
Jeanne Shaheen's pledge problem and hypocrisy has been an embarrassment to the increasingly vulnerable Senator, causing even her hometown paper to question her sincerity: "While her staff was trying to make political points with 'People Pledge' nonsense, Sen. Shaheen was reported to have recently been in California where she was doing some fundraising."
The panicked Senator is grasping at straws, desperately trying to distract voters from her support of ObamaCare, which has been a disaster in New Hampshire. That is why she hypocritically called for outside groups to stay out of New Hampshire (despite the fact that groups supporting her have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on her behalf) before jet setting to California to collect more special interest money from liberal donors.
It’s clear, this isn’t Jeanne Shaheen’s week, and it’s only halfway done.
"Jeanne Shaheen's push for a 'People’s Pledge' while simultaneously filling her campaign coffers with special interest money is the latest example of just how hypocritical and deceptive she is with her constituents. Shaheen’s hometown and the rest of the Granite State have caught on and are ready to replace her with someone trustworthy and honest who can be counted on to be a voice for them - and not a rubber stamp for Barack Obama - in Washington.” - NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen.
Senate race gets more interesting
Foster's Daily Democrat
...Among those apparently like-minded is Sen. Shaheen’s campaign staff, which sharpened its focus on Brown in short order.
In a letter sent Saturday, less than 24 hours after Brown made his intentions a bit better known, the Shaheen machine issued a challenge. Brown should be willing to sign a “Peoples Pledge” to discourage outside groups from spending money on the race, as he did with Elizabeth Warren when they battled for the office representing Massachusetts (which Brown lost).
Practically speaking Brown would have had to have been in a drunken stupor to agree to such a deal. In addition, we see little evidence the pledge had much practical impact in Massachusetts. Money still flowed freely. But regardless, he lost. So why would he even think twice about cutting off his nose to spite his face here in New Hampshire?
And what’s more, Shaheen has the power of incumbency, unlike Warren.
The reality of this race, if Brown gets past a substantive challenge from other candidates like Jim Rubens, is that many millions of dollars will be spent on this race. With control of the Senate hanging in the balance this year, both parties will be pulling out all the stops for their respective candidates.
In fact, Democrats are a ways a head already in doing so.
While her staff was trying to make political points with “People Pledge” nonsense, Sen. Shaheen was reported to have recently been in California where she was doing some fundraising.
Mind you, we take no issue with Sen. Shaheen raising money from those beyond the borders of the Granite State. But she might want to tread carefully now that Democrats have their own version of the dastardly arch-conservative Koch Brothers with which to contend.
We refer to San Francisco millionaire Tom Steyer, who has declared rabid allegiance to anyone signing on — hook line and sinker — to the Global Warming Gospel according to Al Gore, et al.
According to news reports, Steyer is mounting the political left’s version of the Tea Party — vowing to fight wishy-washy Democrats who don’t think the way he does.
For the likes of Sen. Shaheen, this could spell trouble here in New Hampshire.
The senator sports a lackluster and disappointing (wishy-washy, if you will) career while in Washington. She has little to hang her hat on when compared to other senatorial go-getters like our own junior senator, Kelly Ayotte, and Sen. Susan Collins from across the border in Maine.
Should Brown win the nomination, we expect this to be one of Sen. Shaheen’s Achilles heels and that of her party.
You can’t criticize Koch Brothers money while pandering to the likes of Steyer and his advocates. At the same time, can Shaheen suffer alienating big money like that of Steyer?
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