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Tuesday
Oct212014

NHDP - Debunking Brown's Energy Rhetoric, Explains Why NH Can’t Afford Scott Brown 

Following the Release of Brown's Latest Energy Attack Ad, Massachusetts Leaders Set The Record Straight
 

Manchester, NH--Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts Rob Dolan, New Hampshire energy expert and former Public Utilities Commissioner Cliff Below,and co-founder of Revolution Energy in Dover, NH Michael Behrmann held a press conference to discuss Scott Brown’s energy agenda that would cost New Hampshire jobs and increase prices for consumers, all while continuing to reward Big Oil with billions in tax breaks.  
 
“What Scott Brown is not telling you is that when he was serving Massachusetts in the Senate, he made his number one priority protecting the record-breaking profits of oil companies, even if it meant that the middle class would have to pay more,” said Congresswoman Katherine Clark, who represents Massachusetts' 5th congressional district. “Brown consistently supported the big oil companies, protecting billions of dollars in special tax breaks. Why? Because they were donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign.  I’ve watched what Scott Brown has been saying in New Hampshire, because it affects me. And I’ve watched from Massachusetts as he preaches an energy agenda that sounds good, but I am here to warn you it would be bad for New Hampshire families.”
 
“Scott Brown has always made the big guys more of a priority than families in cities like the city I present,” saidMelrose, MA Mayor Rob Dolan. “When he was in the Senate, his objective was clear: keep working to protect the country’s biggest banks and largest oil companies—and people like those in my city paid the price. Scott Brown’s plan would hit New Hampshire families where it hurts, by increasing costs and cutting jobs. This is typical—he’s always put the interests of campaign donors above his constituents. Scott Brown was wrong for the people of Melrose and Massachusetts, and he’s wrong for the people of New Hampshire.”
 
“Scott Brown’s energy ‘plan’ shows he doesn’t understand New Hampshire,” said former New Hampshire Public Utilities Commissioner Clifton Below. “Scott Brown’s energy policy would be a windfall for oil and gas companies who would see even bigger profit margins at the expense of New Hampshire families and businesses. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand why —Brown has taken nearly half a million dollars in campaign cash from the oil and gas industry. Scott Brown, for many reasons, is not the right candidate for New Hampshire working families. One big one is that his energy plans and votes would mean higher energy costs and fewer jobs for New Hampshire.”
 
“Looking at Scott Brown’s record, he has repeatedly prioritized the oil and gas industry. But if Senators keep putting oil interests first, we will never move forward towards energy independence,” said Revolution Energy co-founder Michael Behrmann. “New Hampshire does not need more advocated for exporting our energy and our energy dollars—quite the opposite. As someone working every day to improve New Hampshire’s energy outlook, I can tell you that Scott Brown is the wrong choice. Senator Shaheen has demonstrated her commitment to this issue and to making New Hampshire a more sustainable and independent state.”
 
As a Senator from Massachusetts, Brown protected more than $20 billion in special tax payer subsidies for Big Oil companies, while voting to once cut the Low-Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps tens of thousands of low-income New Hampshire families afford the cost of home heating during the winter.  
 
Since announcing his campaign for the Senate in New Hampshire, Brown has also repeatedly advocated for an increase in natural gas exports, which independent analyses show would drive up energy costs for New Hampshire families.
Tuesday
Oct212014

NRSC - Shaheen Defers to Obama on Ebola 

Shaheen Silent as Obama Picks Partisan,
DC Lobbyist as Ebola Czar 

The Obama Administration’s response to the Ebola virus has been roundly criticized as inept and incompetent. In fact, a former top advisor to Harry Reid told the Washington Post that the Administration's handling of Ebola feeds the "narrative that Democrats don't know how to govern and government is too large."

President Obama's response to the Ebola epidemic is to appoint partisan lobbyist Ron Klain as the Administration’s point man. As National Review explains "Ron Klain is a sharp-elbowed Democratic political operative with no medical expertise. Tapping him as 'Ebola czar' may not be the president’s best move when, as it is, no one can believe a word the Obama administration says. And that’s not just because Mr. Klain is yet another lobbyist recruited despite Mr. Obama’s vow that his administration would shun lobbyists."

Unfortunately, Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) not only refuses to hold the Obama Administration accountable for the slow response to Ebola entering our borders, but it appears that she has taken her marching orders from the White House on a serious matter of public health. Instead, Shaheen's Washington allies have resorted to spreading false and debunked claims, blaming others for the Administration's failures. President Obama's choice of Ron Klain as Ebola Czar is indefensible, yet Jeanne Shaheen once again refuses to hold the White House accountable.

"It is absurd that President Obama believes that a partisan lobbyist with zero medical experience should lead the national response to the Ebola epidemic, but Jeanne Shaheen is nowhere to be found," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Jeanne Shaheen apparently believes that a partisan Washington lobbyist like Ron Klain is an appropriate choice for this position, which speaks to her lack of judgment and her refusal to stand up to President Obama’s poor decisions - even on matters of public health and safety."

BACKGROUND:

A Top Official At The National Institutes of Health Debunked Democrats False Claims That Budget Cuts Were To Blame For Lack Of Ebola Vaccine. "A top official at the National Institutes of Health disagreed on Sunday with the notion that an Ebola vaccine likely would have been discovered by now had it not been for federal budget cuts." (NIH Official: Budget Cuts Can't Be Blamed For Lack Of Ebola Vaccine, The Huffington Post10/20/2014)

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Called Attacks Blaming Republicans For Cutting Ebola Research Funding “Absurd” And Gave It Four Pinocchios. “On many levels, this line of attack is absurd. Obama’s Republican predecessor oversaw big increases in public-health sector spending, and both Democrats and Republicans in recent years have broadly supported efforts to rein in federal spending. Sequestration resulted from a bipartisan agreement. In some years, Congress has allocated more money for NIH and CDC than the Obama administration requested. Meanwhile, contrary to the suggestion of the DCCC ad, there never was a specific vote on funding to prevent Ebola.” (Glenn Kessler, “The Absurd Claim That Only Republicans Are To Blame For Cuts To Ebola Research,” The Washington Post, 10/15/14)

Tuesday
Oct212014

HMP RELEASES NEW ADS IN NH-01, NH-02

Washington, D.C. – House Majority PAC today announced the release of the following television ads: 

District: NH-01

Title: “Calendar”

Video: http://www.thehousemajoritypac.com/our-work/new-hampshire/frank-guinta-calendar

Media market(s): Boston cable

Start date: 10/21/2014

Amount*: $102,375

 

“Frank Guinta has made it clear through his voting record that he is not interested in allowing women to control their own health care decisions,” said Matt Thornton, Communications Director for House Majority PAC. “If he gets to Congress, we can expect more of the same.” 

District: NH-02

Title: “Shocked”

Video: http://www.thehousemajoritypac.com/our-work/new-hampshire/marilinda-garcia-shocked

Media market(s): Boston cable and Manchester broadcast

Start date: 10/21/2014

Amount*: $272,475 

“The Koch brothers have found their ideal candidate in New Hampshire with Marilinda Garcia,” said Matt Thornton, Communications Director for House Majority PAC. “She would put the needs of her wealthy backers over those of New Hampshire.”  

*Amounts are given in weekly increments and do not denote the total amount to be spent to air an ad for its full run.

Tuesday
Oct212014

NHGOP STATEMENT ON TONIGHT'S 2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DEBATE 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman released the following statement on Marilinda Garcia's victory in tonight's NH1 News debate:

 

"Marilinda Garcia was the clear winner of tonight's debate. Unlike Congresswoman Annie Kuster, who dubbed herself Barack Obama's "biggest supporter" in Congress, Marilinda Garcia has proven that she is ready to be an independent voice for New Hampshire in Washington. Congresswoman Kuster has been hiding from her constituents by refusing to hold town halls because she fully embraces Barack Obama and his failed agenda, and voters in the second district will replace her with Marilinda Garcia in November."

Tuesday
Oct212014

NHDP Statement on Tonight's 2nd Congressional Debate 

Manchester, NH – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement after tonight's New Hampshire 2nd Congressional debate:

"In tonight's debate, Tea Party extremist Marilinda Garcia doubled down on her Koch Brothers agenda that would devastate New Hampshire middle-class families. Garcia dodged questions about her far-right record, including opposing the Violence Against Women Act, eliminating the Department of Education and federal student loans, and banning abortion in all cases even to save the life of the mother."

"Garcia has proven time and time again that her out-of-touch Tea Party views are too extreme for Granite Staters, which is why voters will continue to stand with Congresswoman Annie Kuster who is working across the aisle to fight for the best interests of New Hampshire.”