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NHDP - Brown’s Filing “Imploded” as He Dodged Critical Questions Regarding GDSI Scandal

Brown Resigns Board To Try To Avoid Answering Questions
 
Still Won’t File His Personal Financial Disclosure Form

 

Concord, NH—As Scott Brown filed his paperwork to become a Senate candidate in New Hampshire, his prospects for the office were quickly crumbling beneath him.  Brown, who headed to the Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday to file, was bombarded with questions regarding his advisory role for a Florida-based company that has shifted business models on three occasions and had “no revenue, no products, no trademarks, no patents, andonly a ‘virtual office’ space in West Palm Beach.”
 
NECN describes the way that the scene unfolded at this disaster of a filing:


Several news outlets followed up:

 
Boston GlobeScott Brown resigns from Fla. company’s advisory board
 
“Brown referred to Global Digital on Wednesday as a ‘start-up . . . going through transition,’ even though it was created 19 years ago. He has declined to say why he joined the board, how he came to know the company’s executives, and what level of scrutiny he gave its business activities.
 
“Analysts said the issue — and Brown’s handling of it — constituted a major political stumble and could have ramifications for his bid to win the Republican primary and the right to face the Democratic incumbent, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, in November.
 
“’This could not have imploded more,’ said Wayne F. Lesperance Jr., a political science professor at New England College in Henniker, N.H. ‘This raises questions of integrity and good judgment.’
 
“One of Brown’s Republican opponents, former state senator Jim Rubens, also said the association with Global Digital raises questions about his judgment.
 
“’I ask myself: Would I lend my name to such a company? I would not,’ Rubens said. ‘It would be damaging to my credibility as a business person to affiliate myself with a company like that.’
 
 
NHPRScott Brown Files Candidacy And Resigns From Florida Company
 
“The press, however, questioned Brown repeatedly about his ties to a Florida company, Global Digital Solutions, which says it’s in the firearms business but according to the Boston Globe has ‘no revenue, no patents, no trademarks, no manufacturing facilities, and no experience developing weapons.’
 
“The company  awarded Brown 1.3 million dollars worth of stock options exchange for advice. Brown declined to characterize this advice, nor would he say if he planned to continue his relationship to the company during the campaign.
 
“’Yeah, I’ll make any decisions known when the time is appropriate.’
 
“About 90 minutes later, Brown resigned from the company and relinquished his stock options.  In a statement Brown called his continued role at Global Digital Solutions an ‘unnecessary and unwanted distraction.’
 
 
Washington Post’s The FixScott Brown’s tenure as adviser to mysterious company worked out poorly for everyone
 
When former- (and, he hopes, future-) Sen. Scott Brown (R) signed on as an adviser to Global Digital Solutions, Inc. last September, it may have seemed like the standard sort of politician-makes-a-few-bucks agreement that we've all grown accustomed to. Over the past five days, though, that agreement has dogged Brown's campaign for the Republican Senate nomination in New Hampshire for days and sliced GDSI's stock price by nearly a fifth.
 
 
MSNBC’s The Maddow BlogScott Brown resigns from Florida firearm manufacturer
 
“The Republican candidate stuck to his talking points, dismissing the notion that there’s any kind of controversy and insisting there’s nothing untoward about his work with Global Digital Solutions Inc., a former beauty supply company with no products, no revenue, and no manufacturing facilities.
 
“And about two hours later, Brown resigned from the company.”
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“While the Republican’s announcement will likely bring the story to a close, there are a few lingering questions.

“For example, how exactly did Brown forge a relationship with this unusual company in the first place? And what kind of advice did the former senator, who has no background in firearms manufacturing, give to the firearms manufacturer?
 
“And why is it that Brown thought his role with the company was perfectly fine at 2 p.m., only to resign from the company around 4 p.m.?”
 

Reporters also took to Twitter to comment on this disaster of a filing—turned GDSI resignation day:
  



This may go down as the worst day in New Hampshire Candidate Filing History.

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