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NHDP - Koch Brothers, Big Oil, & Wall Street Special Interests Succeed in Getting Their Buddy Scott Brown to Run For Senate in NH

Koch Brothers, Big Oil, & Wall Street Special Interests Succeed in Getting Their Buddy Scott Brown to Run For Senate in NH
Brown Still Refusing to Keep Third Party Special Interest Money Out of Race by Signing People’s Pledge
Three Weeks After He Launched a Short-Lived and Gaffe-Plagued “Exploratory Committee” and Tour of NH—Brown Decides He Knows Enough About NH Families to Run for Senate
Concord, NH—This morning, a mere three weeks after launching a short-lived and gaffe-plagued “exploratory committee” and tour of New Hampshire to “learn” about New Hampshire families, three and a half months after moving to the Granite State, and three months since the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove started pouring money into negative ads benefiting him, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has announced that he will run for Senate in New Hampshire.
“Scott Brown is for Scott Brown. He moved to New Hampshire and aligned himself with the third party special interest groups trying to buy New Hampshire’s Senate seat. Then he embarked on a relentlessly negative statewide tour, in which he avoided answering questions about the People’s Pledge, bashed the Affordable Care Act, only to be told by a fellow Republican that it was a ‘financial lifesaver,’ and then told a reporter that he probably did not have the best credentials 'cause, you know, whatever,’” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “What we know is that Scott Brown has a record of protecting Big Oil tax breaks and Wall Street special interests—the same special interests that have already poured over $1.5 million into this race to defeat a candidate who is actually fighting for New Hampshire families—Jeanne Shaheen. He offers no plans or solutions, only the same negative and nasty Republican attacks.”
Buckley added, “Today’s announcement is no surprise—Scott Brown is working with the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove to get elected in New Hampshire so that he can do their bidding again in the United States Senate. Well, Granite Staters know and deserve better. We know who puts our interests first, and that is the woman who raised her family in New Hampshire, taught in our schools, served three terms as Governor, and is now working for us in Washington, and that is Jeanne Shaheen.”


Telegraph Compares Bridgegate Gov. and Tactless Redskins Owner to a Certain ex-MA Senator

Telegraph: Christie, Brown, Snyder offer good lessons in bad public relations

Telegraph Editorial

It has been a great few days for adding to the annals of ludicrous public relations blunders. It’s always good for a chuckle when supposedly astute people do really dumb things.

First up is New Jersey’s Chris Christie. The incredibly shrinking Republican governor wants to be president, but things aren’t going so well of late. There was this whole bridge thing, where members of his administration closed down a lane of traffic leading to the George Washington Bridge into New York City for a couple of days in political retaliation against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, N.J.

Although federal authorities and New Jersey legislators are conducting investigations to determine what the governor knew and when he knew it, Christie thought it would be a good idea to conduct his own investigation, which – surprise, surprise – exonerated him completely. Critics quickly and accurately labeled the governor’s “investigation” a sham, because Christie’s handpicked lawyers didn’t speak to several vital players in the scandal, possibly because those witnesses may yet be indicted.

What was Christie thinking? That his own probe would be taken more seriously than a federal investigation? That, if he got his message out first, he could begin to sway public opinion back in his direction? If either is the case, then he shouldn’t be asking taxpayers to pick up the $1 million price tag for his self-indulgence.

New Hampshire’s newest politician in residence, former Massachusetts U.S.Sen. Scott Brown, didn’t appear ready for prime time last week when he came off sounding more like a valley girl than a serious contender for U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s seat.

When asked by the Associated Press if he had the best credentials to run for the Senate, Brown now infamously replied, “Do I have the best credentials? Probably not. ’Cause, you know, whatever.”

Perhaps the best way to respond is in a way Brown would likely best understand: What’s up with that, dude? Are you even for realzies? That’s, like, so bogus.


We also count among the clueless Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who is still pitching the idea that the team’s nickname honors native Americans.

“It’s not enough to celebrate the values and heritage of Native Americans,” Snyder said in a letter to the team’s fans last week. “We must do more.”

That “more” is the creation of the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation” that will supposedly “provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities” for Native Americans.

In other words, he apparently thinks that if he buys the naming rights to an ethnic slur, everything will be OK. Wrong. Does he think that if he set up a scholarship fund for African Americans he could use the n-word?

The fact that he used the offensive nickname in the title of his foundation proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Snyder doesn’t get it.

Amazingly, he believes “even more firmly” the name “captures the best of who we are and who we can be, by staying true to our history and honoring the deep and enduring values our name represents.”

More than a couple native Americans don’t share his vision.

“We’re glad that after a decade of owning the Washington team, Mr. Snyder is finally interested in Native American Heritage, and we are hopeful that when his team finally stands on the right side of history and changes its name, he will honor the commitments to Native Americans that he is making,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter.

And that’s the point. If Synder truly cared about native Americans, he would establish the foundation and change the team’s nickname.

Instead, he just looks shallow and thick-headed.


NHDP - ALL of the Out-of-Touch, Koch-Backed Republican Federal Candidates Oppose Extending Health Insurance

NHGOP Recruits for Senate, Congress Running on “Repeal” Agenda, Aligned with Third Party Special Interests

Concord, NH—Last week, as Governor Maggie Hassan signed a law that will give 50,000 New Hampshire families access to health insurance, ALL of New Hampshire’s Republican candidates for federal office continued to stand in fierce opposition to Medicaid Expansion, even while a majority of the Republican caucus in the State House supported the measure. By opposing Medicaid Expansion, Republican candidates Scott Brown, Frank Guinta, Dan Innis, Marilinda Garcia, and Gary Lambert continue to prove they are members of the Republican establishment who havedrank the Kool-Aid, running on a Koch-Rove agenda at the expense of New Hampshire’s families.
 “Frankly, it’s no surprise that all of the New Hampshire Republican Party’s candidates—Brown, Guinta, Innis, Garcia, and Lambert—are opposing a bipartisan, commonsense initiative that will expand health coverage to 50,000 more families in our state,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “This was an important compromise made between both parties in the New Hampshire Legislature and Governor Hassan to ensure that tens of thousands of families will no longer have to choose between getting the care they need and going bankrupt. New Hampshire families deserve representatives that put their concerns before the third party special interests spending millions of dollars to get their candidates elected so they can represent Big Oil and Wall Street.”
Republican Senate President Chuck Morse praised the bipartisan Medicaid Expansion compromise as “a New Hampshire solution.”  The New Hampshire Business and Industry Association announced support for expansion, citing that “health care providers aren’t reimbursed for treating uninsured patients, which ultimately impacts the amount cost-shifted onto other payers, such as businesses and their employees.”  The state senate passed expansion with broad bipartisan support including the more than half of the Republican caucus. And Republicans Fergus Cullen and Rep. Herb Richardson have publicly stated that they have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, the latter even interrupting Brown’s speech in his home to tell him that the ACA has been a “financial lifesaver.”

NHDP - ICYMI: Havenstein is Either “Ineligible to Run” or “Committed Tax Fraud” 

Did ex-BAE chief, pondering gubernatorial run, live in Maryland or in New Hampshire?

Staff Writer

CONCORD – Walter Havenstein, a potential candidate for governor, either is ineligible to run for the office or committed tax fraud in Maryland, where he claimed residence to receive two tax breaks in that state, a Democratic Party spokesman said.

Havenstein, an Alton Republican, obtained the tax preferences from 2008-11 on a condominium in Bethesda, Md.

The state constitution requires candidates for governor, state senate and Executive Council to live in the state for seven years before they run for the office.

Havenstein said that in addition to registering a car in Maryland, he briefly had a driver’s license in that state.

New Hampshire doesn’t allow someone to hold a valid driver’s license in this state while having an active license in another state.

“Either he was a resident of Maryland when he obtained a tax break, which makes him ineligible to run for governor of New Hampshire, or he was a resident of New Hampshire, which means he fraudulently obtained a tax break in Maryland and a Maryland driver’s license.” Democratic Party communications director Julie McCain said.

McClain said Havenstein had to acknowledge his $1 million condominium in Bethesda was his principal residence in order to get $5,384 off his property tax bills from 2008-11.

Since 2007, Maryland law has required those getting a homestead exemption on their property taxes to sign a form acknowledging that the principal residence means it was his home “for the legal purposes of voting, obtaining a driver’s license and filing income tax returns.’’

Havenstein said he couldn’t recall ever signing that form, but did provide a less explicit form he filed to receive a $50,000 tax exemption off the state’s property transfer tax he had to pay when he bought the home.

Havenstein, a former chief executive at BAE Systems, has said he followed laws in both states and that his domicile has always been in New Hampshire, where he voted even during the years he lived and worked in Maryland.

Havenstein didn’t register to vote in Maryland.

“At no time did I intend or in fact give up my domicile here in New Hampshire,’’ Havenstein said. “I think my eligibility is based on my domicile here, and it’s clear for the last 14 years it has been unbroken.’’

Havenstein and his adviser, Jamie Barrett, said lawyers have assured that his voting practices and the fact he regularly came home to New Hampshire on weekends made him an eligible candidate should he decide to run for governor.

Kevin Landrigan can reached at Also, follow Landrigan on Twitter (@Klandrigan).


NHDP - NEW VIDEOS: NH Still Wants Scott Brown To Sign His Own People's Pledge

At Plymouth State, Students Collect Nearly a Hundred Signatures in 24 Hours for Petition Asking Brown to Commit to People’s Pledge
Last Week at Frisbie, Brown Also Handed Pledge for His Signature 
Concord, NH — New Hampshire voters want Scott Brown to sign the exact same pledge he signed in Massachusetts to keep third party spending out of his last Senate race, that's the message that Brown is receiving loud and clear as he tours New Hampshire. In fact, two new videos released today from the New Hampshire Democratic Party show Brown being personally asked to sign his own pledge by New Hampshire voters, first at Frisbie Hospital last week, and then again at Plymouth State University this past Saturday. In both instances, Brown showed that he doesn't think that what was good enough for Massachusetts is good enough for New Hampshire. 

While visiting Frisbie last week, Brown rushed by a woman asking him why he has so far refused to sign the pledge. Then, on Saturday, in response to being pressured by local students at Plymouth State University on the pledge, Brown repeatedly told the crowd, which included former New Hampshire State Senator Deborah Reynolds, that he would do nothing to prevent the wave of outside spending that is sure to flood New Hampshire’s airwaves.  Brown instead brushed aside a student who presented him with a petition, signed by 90 students in less than 24 hours, calling on him to join Senator Shaheen in signing the People’s Pledge that he came up with in Massachusetts.  
“It's disappointing that Scott Brown appears to have no regard for concerned students or the people of New Hampshire,” said Plymouth State University student and New Hampshire native, Brandon Lemay of Manchester. “Nearly one hundred students signed a petition in twenty-four hours because we are sick of third party groups coming in and running misleading negative ads. Scott Brown used to think voters should hear directly from their candidates. Apparently what was a good idea in Massachusetts is a bad idea now that Scott Brown has crossed the border into our state." 
“Scott Brown was on to something when he came up with the People’s Pledge in 2012. He himself said that the pledge worked—it kept third party spending out of the race, allowing voters to hear directly from their candidates. Now the people of New Hampshire want that same opportunity. He absolutely needs to sign the pledge,” said former New Hampshire State Senator Deborah Reynolds. “The People’s Pledge is just the latest example of Jeanne Shaheen’s commitment to the people of New Hampshire. In the Lakes Region, Senator Shaheen has supported our higher education system, worked to reform the student loan system, and secured funding for our community colleges.  She has demonstrated her commitment to a better future for families across the state for over a decade. Scott Brown can’t just show up, refuse to sign the People’s Pledge, and expect to earn the trust of voters here.”
While Brown continues to turn his back on the citizens of this state, his campaign did have time to release a memo whining about the scrutiny of his record and ignoring the fact that the Massachusetts politician has spent the last year attacking New Hampshire’s Senator, Jeanne Shaheen.  All the while, his Big Oil, Wall Street, and Washington special interest allies have spent more than a million and a half dollars on attack ads misleading voters about Jeanne Shaheen’s work for the people of New Hampshire – outspending other groups by more than a three-to-one margin.
“It's tough to take Scott Brown's complaints about negative attacks seriously considering he just spent a year attacking Jeanne Shaheen on FOX News," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "If he's really concerned about ‘a wave of negative attacks from outside groups,' he should sign the same exact People’s Pledge he proposed in his Massachusetts race and put a stop to them right now.  Brown bragged about the pledge he proposed just last month, and has said he signed it because Massachusetts ‘deserved better,’ but apparently, according to Brown, New Hampshire isn't worthy of the same respect."

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