Mitt Romney is endorsing Scott Brown today, and it’s probably because they have a lot in common. Both were overwhelmingly rejected by Massachusetts voters in 2012, and both are deeply out of touch with New Hampshire women and families.
Brown can try to paint himself as a moderate all he wants, but by embracing an endorsement from last cycle’s flag bearer for the GOP’s anti-woman and family agenda, he’s made it clear that he’s not serious about engaging with New Hampshire voters.
For the record, Romney lost New Hampshire, too. So Brown’s on track to lose all the same states as Mitt Romney did, just one state at a time.
By Joshua Miller
Somewhere between Massachusetts and New Hampshire and between 2012 and 2014, Scott Brown went from keeping Mitt Romney at arm’s length to bringing him in for a full embrace.
In an e-mail to supporters Tuesday, topped with a picture of them smiling together, Brown wrote that Romney would formally endorse his campaign for US Senate in New Hampshire next week at an Independence Day kickoff.
“Right now, I know a lot of you feel the same way I do: Our country would be in much better shape if Governor Romney were in the White House today,” Brown wrote.
This strong show of support is a departure from the way Brown talked about Romney when he was running for reelection to the US Senate in Massachusetts in 2012. Then, Brown cautiously calibrated his support for Romney, a White House hopeful at the time.
But vying to unseat US Senator Jeanne Shaheen this year, Brown is playing up his connection to the former Massachusetts governor, something that Republicans see as potentially helpful to his bid in the Granite State.
The new tactic underscores the vastly different political climate Brown faces in this year’s election than in his unsuccessful contest against Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
Obama beat Romney by 23 percentage points in Massachusetts in 2012.