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Jul172014

NHDP - ICYMI: Brown pegs Shaheen 'in the Massachusetts delegation' 

By Alexandra Jaffe

Scott Brown (R) proclaims his heart’s in New Hampshire, but his head seems to be stuck back in Massachusetts. The former Massachusetts senator, who moved to New Hampshire late last year and soon after launched a bid for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s (D) seat, again appeared to forget where he was in a radio interview on Tuesday.

Speaking on Boston Herald radio, Brown knocked Shaheen on immigration reform and the crisis at the border, declaring he’s “not for amnesty and never have been, I have not supported the Dream Act, she has.” 

“And that’s a big difference between Senator Shaheen and me and many other people in the Massachusetts delegation, and Senator Shaheen, in particular, the president,” he says just prior.

Brown continues the interview, oblivious to the mistake. But it’s not the first time he’s made it. 

In December, before launching his senate bid, Brown told a New Hampshire GOP group that Granite State Republicans had said they were “thankful” he was there raising awareness of “the issues that are affecting not only people here in Massachusetts — I mean New Hampshire.” 

That gaffe sparked ridicule from Democrats, who have hammered him as a political opportunist and carpetbagger since he moved to the state.

And his newest flub again opened the door to such criticism, with New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain calling it “an insult to New Hampshire families.

“Brown used to brag about growing up in Massachusetts, raising his family in Massachusetts and said he would die in Massachusetts. Now he's moved to New Hampshire and says he cares about us, but really he's just using us to get himself a Senate seat,” she added. “How can New Hampshire families possibly trust a candidate who doesn’t see the difference between Massachusetts and New Hampshire?”

While Republicans trumpeted Brown’s entry into the race, polling has shown Shaheen maintaining a solid single-digit lead over him.

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