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ICYMI: Nashua Telegraph Editorial

Guinta completely missed the point about patriotism

July 26, 2014

"[For Frank Guinta] To insinuate that Innis stands with terrorists because he opposes the Patriot Act is unfair and ignorant. Many prominent and patriotic Americans, including many Republicans, have raised legitimate doubts about the act's constitutionality and its erosion of the civil liberties that Americans hold most dear. Indeed, questioning the Patriot Act and its assaults on the Bill of Rights is itself an act of patriotism, though we understand that distinction may be lost on Guinta."

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MANCHESTER Today, the Brown campaign released its newest TV ad, titled: ”Secure Borders.” The 30-second spot features Brown speaking directly to the camera about the ongoing immigration crisis, and the need to enforce border security and adhere to the law. 
The ad opens with Brown observing that Americans must go through security when they “get on a plane, enter a government building or attend a ballgame.” Yet, people who come here illegally "just walk across the border."
"That's wrong," Brown says.
Brown blames the pro-amnesty policies of President Obama and Senator Shaheen for encouraging people to come here in violation of the law, and concludes: "It's time for us to secure the border once and for all, and tell people who come here illegally that we intend to enforce the law."
Throughout his career in public service, Brown has taken a strong stand for secure borders and against illegal immigration.  He voted against the DREAM Act and other forms of amnesty, opposed in-state tuition and drivers licenses for people who are here illegally and supports a border fence.

Click here to watch the ad

Click here to read the contrasting records between Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen on immigration

Script for “Secure Borders” (TV:30):

Scott Brown: Americans go through security before the go on a plane
Enter a government building
Or attend a ballgame
But folks who come here illegally
They just walk across the border - that’s wrong
Thanks to the pro-amnesty policies of President Obama and Senator Shaheen
We have an immigration crisis on our hands
We respond with compassion
But it is time for us to secure the border once and for all
And tell people who try to come here illegally
That we intend to enforce the law

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NHDP: New Brown Ad Reeks of Desperation, Flailing Campaign 

In Negative TV Ad Brown Is Desperate To Make In-Roads With Republicans—But Even GOP Disagrees With Him
Manchester, NH—Scott Brown's ad today proves he is desperate to make gains with Republicans and willing to completely misrepresent Jeanne Shaheen’s position in an attempt to breathe life into his badly floundering New Hampshire Senate campaign.
"Scott Brown is failing to connect with New Hampshire voters, his campaign is struggling, and this negative ad reeks of desperation,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Scott Brown knows both Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte voted for a comprehensive immigration reform bill that strongly increases border security."
Brown's negative ad misrepresents Senator Shaheen’s position, which is in line with fellow New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte. He also fails to mention that House Republicans are the ones refusing to act on comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would strengthen border security. 
In today’s Wall Street Journal, even former NHGOP Chair Fergus Cullen made mention of the complete mishandling of this issue by Republicans like Brown, saying “I think that whatever progress the party may have made in the last 18 months has basically been unwound in the last two weeks. How can Hispanics [in the U.S.] not hear the message that 'They don't really like us'?"

NHDP - ICYMI: Scott Brown’s Granite State bust 

ICYMI: The Hill: Scott Brown’s Granite State bust


By Alexandra Jaffe

Scott Brown’s much anticipated Granite State brawl with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) has turned out to be more of a Granite State bust.

The former Massachusetts senator is still the most competitive Republican in the New Hampshire race. But polling has shown Shaheen holding a consistent single-digit lead and posting strong approval ratings from voters in the state even as races in similar blue-leaning battleground states have tightened in the GOP’s favor.

Perhaps most problematic for Brown is not Shaheen’s lead but his persistently middling to low popularity in the state.

In nearly every poll, New Hampshire voters are at best split on how they feel about him, and in some cases view him more negatively than positively.  A WMUR-UNH poll out in early July showed him underwater by about nine points; an NBC-Marist poll out last week showed voters split, with about 40 percent each viewing him positively and negatively.

It’s a situation, said one New Hampshire GOP strategist who has worked on federal and national races there, that should have the Brown campaign worried. 

“I would be concerned if I was them,” the strategist said, who requested anonymity to speak freely. “You don’t ever want to be underwater at this point in a race.”

Brown’s talent for retail campaigning and personal popularity helped drive him to an unexpected Massachusetts special election win in 2010, and then helped him outrun the top of the Republican ticket in 2012 and bring his contest with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) down to single digits. Even though he lost, Brown was actually more popular than Warren in a number of late surveys. 

The strategist said that his everyman appeal is a main part of what “makes him a contender here” in New Hampshire, and that he’ll need to work to regain it.

“He needs to rekindle some of what made people like him so much, that common man theme that made him so popular when he ran the first time. And I think some of the magic is lost,” the strategist said.

Democrats haven’t made the carpetbagger label their primary attack, but they never miss a chance to reference Brown’s tenure in Massachusetts. And that perception hasn’t been helped by times when Brown’s misspoken and appeared to forget he’s no longer in the Bay State.

Jamie Burnett, who was campaign manager for then-Sen. John E. Sununu’s failed 2008 reelection fight with Shaheen, said the early Democratic offense that did highlight his Massachusetts ties seems to have taken a toll on Brown.

“Given the nature of his candidacy, having come here from Massachusetts — that gave Democrats in the state an unusual but probably beneficial line of attack early on, and I think that probably hurt him early on,” he said.

He said part of the issue for Brown was that Democrats came out so early on offense against him, running ads knocking him on his oil industry and Wall Street support even before he entered the race.

“[Shaheen] can’t run on her record, because her record’s not popular. Democrats have to run on other things — and other things are oftentimes character assassination,” Burnett added.

But even Brown’s supporters admit he’s had to take the time to introduce himself to the state. Jim Merrill, a former adviser to Mitt Romney's New Hampshire campaign and a Brown supporter, said that effort is underway.

“We’re in the process of getting to know him here. He’s still relatively new to New Hampshire,” he said.

Brown is clearly aware of this issue.

He’s spent the better part of his first few months on the trail trying to build an endearing personal narrative for himself, emphasizing his New Hampshire ties at every opportunity.

In his kickoff speech, Brown mentioned memories from his childhood spent in New Hampshire with his grandparents. His first ad featured the candidate driving around the state in his iconic pickup truck, and in another, his sister told viewers of their difficult childhood, when she said Brown “was there to protect me and my mom” against abuse at home.

Known for his social media savvy, Brown recently took to Instagram to congratulate his daughter on her wedding and share a shot of him and his wife on their own wedding day, and his staff shared details of the wedding with reporters — which featured their dog in a tuxedo and a groom who formerly interned in Brown’s office.

But despite this charm offensive, Brown’s numbers haven’t moved.

Andrew Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, noted that part of Brown’s popularity problem likely comes from Republicans dissatisfied with his record as a centrist senator from Massachusetts. 

“He does have a difficulty in that he is far less popular among Republicans than he is among Democrats,” he said.

And while Shaheen largely stays positive, Brown has had to find ways to navigate a handful of difficult political issues that could cause him trouble with the GOP base, as he fends off two primary challengers, former state Sen. Jim Rubens and former Sen. Bob Smith.

Most recently, he drew negative headlines after running into the bathroom at a campaign stop to avoid a reporter looking to ask questions on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision — an issue that could cause him grief with female voters in the general election, just as the contraception debate damaged him with that voting bloc during his 2012 race.

Multiple New Hampshire Republicans  privately admitted, as one put it, that GOP voters are “not in love with the guy.” One strategist who’s worked with conservative candidates in the state and elsewhere said his Massachusetts record was certainly a sticking point.

“It certainly doesn’t help him any that he has a voting record as a senator from Massachusetts that a lot of voters in New Hampshire might not agree with,” the strategist said.

Still, a half-dozen Republicans in the state, both supportive and skeptical of Brown, said it’s far too early to handicap the race, as most voters haven’t yet tuned in to this fall’s politics.

Ryan Williams, a top advisor to Brown’s campaign, noted that new Hampshire races tend to shift, and they expect the polls to tighten after the GOP primary in September, one of the latest in the nation.

“New Hampshire always breaks late,” said Williams. “The numbers tend to move very quickly at the end of the campaign. And look, Scott has been working hard to introduce himself to the state, and people want him to do that.”

But Republicans are still optimistic about their chances because, as former NH GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen said, the climate is tough for Democrats this cycle.

“The problems with the Obama administration and the Affordable Care Act make Jeanne as vulnerable as any Democrat out there,” said Cullen.