Concord - As a slew of out-of-state liberal special interests rush to embattled Senator Jeanne Shaheen's side, noticeably absent on her list of supporters is one important group: grassroots New Hampshire voters. In the last two days alone, a trio of outside groups have bolstered Shaheen's suddenly uncertain re-election prospects:
- Liberal party leaders in Washington. In what Politico described yesterday as a "a vulnerable-incumbent protection program," Majority Leader Harry Reid is giving "floor time to vulnerable Dems," using official Senate time to boost the flagging campaigns of his incumbents. Included on that list was Shaheen, as DC Democrats hope a "triumph on energy efficiency" to give her a talking point for the fall.
- "Nervous" Massachusetts Democrats. The Boston Herald described the nervous hand-wringing of Dems in the Bay State and how they are "scrambling to bolster U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's struggling re-election campaign in New Hampshire." "'It's all hands on board," said one top Massachusetts Democrat," and "Everybody feels that Jeanne Shaheen is vulnerable,' said the Dem, who noted that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Gov. Deval Patrick have offered help."
- "Outside money": In a blistering editorial this morning, the Union Leader eviscerates Shaheen's hypocrisy on the outside money she rails against, noting that "75 percent of her 2014 campaign cash is from out of state," including from family members of left-wing billionaire George Soros.
"It's not surprising that Jeanne Shaheen's most vocal and fervent supporters are in Washington and California given that she lost touch with New Hampshire values a long time ago," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "This is what happens when you vote 99 percent of the time with President Obama and cast the deciding vote for Obamacare. Jeanne Shaheen puts the interest of a national party agenda first and foremost, and her liberal party leaders are going to do everything they can to send her back to Washington."
Shaheen's frenzied backing from outside interests comes as a new survey of brokers reveals that health insurance premiums in New Hampshire have risen 90 percent in the wake of ObamaCare.