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NHDP - Brown’s Campaign Struggles Continue With Another Week of Damaging, Embarrassing Headlines 

Manchester, NH—Scott Brown's campaign continued struggling with another week of damaging headlines and embarrassing gaffes that ended with his own campaign co-chair turning on him.  Brown hid in​ the bathroom to avoid simple questions about contraception coverage, was present when the cops were called on the reporter, had a​ co-​chair of  ​W​omen for Brown say he was out of touch with New Hampshire women, forgot which state he was running in - again, and slighted Kelly Ayotte's record on veterans issues and immigration the day after she officiated his daughter's wedding.

“It is hard to see what else Scott Brown could have done to show that he is out of touch with the people of New Hampshire this week,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “It is clear that Scott Brown is in this race for Scott Brown and the Big Oil special interests that fund his campaign.  Brown and his allies see the people of New Hampshire as a mere obstacle to getting him back in the Senate.”
Brown Hides In Bathroom, Calls Police to Avoid Questions on Hobby Lobby

The Guardian: Scott Brown: fallout from Hobby Lobby decision puts Senate bid in tight spot
I found Brown at a table at a restaurant called Priscilla's, introduced myself as a Guardian reporter and enquired if I could ask him some questions. Brown smiled nervously and replied: "What do you want to ask me about?"
"Hobby Lobby? That would be a start," I said.
“I’m all set," he replied. "We’re enjoying ourselves right now.”
“But you’re standing for Senate. It is routine for journalists to ask you questions and usually the candidates answer.”
“Not without notifying my office."
Brown stood up, walked to the back of the diner, and took shelter in the bathroom. A campaign aide, Jeremy, looked bewildered. He lingered beside me for a few moments, before politely excusing himself – “Nice to meet you” – and joining his boss in the bathroom.


He was not going to answer my questions about Hobby Lobby. "I’m not making any more news," he explained. "You’re being unprofessional and you’re being rude."
A large man with chest hair poking out of his shirt put it more bluntly. “You have to go,” he said. “We can either do this the right way, or we can do this the wrong way.”
“What is the wrong way?” I asked. “I don’t want you to find out," he said.
I left the campaign event in the company of the tavern's owner. He and I were talking on the porch, several minutes later, when a police car pulled up.
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:


Further reading:

Huffington Post: Police Summoned After Reporter Crashes Scott Brown Campaign Event
The Daily Beast: Scott Brown Flees Hobby Lobby Questions
MSNBC:  Brown ‘took shelter in the bathroom’ to avoid contraception questions (Video)
MSNBC: Brown ‘took shelter in the bathroom’ to avoid contraception questions
Jim OBrien ‏@jim_obrienNH 
My party needs to expect more from a candidate for US Senate. . If it wasn't so serious, it would be funny.
Chris Cillizza @TheFix 
Scott Brown, call your office. And come out of the bathroom. 
Paul Lewis @PaulLewis 
My bizarre experience on the campaign trail with Scott Brown, the elusive Senate candidate in New Hampshire: 
Taegan Goddard @politicalwire 
Pro tip: When you're hiding in the bathroom, you're losing …

Brown Campaign Co-Chair Says He's Wrong on Hobby Lobby Decisions

Julie Brown, a senior Republican figure in the state who the candidate chose as the co-chair of his Women for Brown leadership team, believes he is wrong about religious exemptions to contraceptive coverage.

"A woman chooses what she decides to do with her body – it is between the woman, her doctor and her God," she told me.
Her view was shared by “many, many” women in the state, she said, adding that she planned to discuss the contraception issue with Brown in the coming days.
I asked if she thought he needed to change his policy. "I think he should, yes," she replied.
Kathleen Ronayne @kronayne 
A co-chair of 'Women for Brown' tells @PaulLewis Scott Brown should change his stance on Hobby Lobby … #nhsen

Brown Again Forgetting New Hampshire Did Scott Brown Just Forget What State He’s Running In Again?
Scott Brown should probably just take Massachusetts out of his vocabulary entirely. In an interview on Boston Herald Radio, Brown, the former Massachusetts senator turned New Hampshire candidate, seemed to mention his disagreements with the “Massachusetts delegation.”
About a minute and a half into the video, Brown gets to talking about his immigration policies. “That’s a big difference between [N.H.] Senator Shaheen and me and many other people – the Massachusetts delegation and Senator Shaheen in particular and the President,” he said. Only one issue: Brown is running for the Senate in New Hampshire after moving there last year.
Further reading:
The Hill: Did Brown misspeak on state?
Politics USA: Scott Brown Forgets Which State He Is Running For Senate In During Radio Interview
Los Angeles Times: Another 'oops' moment for Scott Brown in New Hampshire Senate race?
Washington Post: Brown, repeat to yourself three times ‘New Hampshire, New Hampshire, New Hampshire’
The Week: Scott Brown refers to the 'Massachusetts delegation' while running for Senate in New Hampshire


Embarrassing: Brown Bashes Kelly Ayotte’s Positions, the Day After She Officiates His Daughter’s Wedding

Despite presenting a cozy public image, Republicans Scott Brown and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) are once again at odds over key issues... Ayotte endorsed Brown, but by attacking Shaheen's positions on immigration and veterans' affairs he is effectively disparaging Ayotte's record as well. That's because Ayotte's positions on these issues resemble Shaheen's.

Brown Campaign Continues to Struggle Scott Brown’s Senate Bid Is Going About As Well As His Last One
Scott Brown’s Senate bid in New Hampshire is going about as well as his last Senate bid in Massachusetts. That is to say, he’s likely to remain known as a former senator.

Further Reading:

MSNBC: Dead Heat in Iowa Senate Race; Democrat Leads in New Hampshire Battle
National Journal : The 2014 Against the Grain Awards - Grading the best and worst of the campaigns at the election cycle's halfway point.
The Washington Post: Poll: Braley tied with Ernst in Iowa, Shaheen leads Brown in New Hampshire

Mark Murray @mmurraypolitics
Jeanne Shaheen is popular in NH (52%-39% fav/unfav), while Scott Brown is less so (40%-39% fav/unfav)…
Steve Kornacki @SteveKornacki 
It's very possible that Scott Brown will learn 2 things at the same time on 11/4: (1) He lost; and (2) Coakley won.

NHDP - Failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Slide Continues 

Tea Party and GOP Establishment Jumping Ship on Havenstein’s Flailing Campaign

Manchester, NH – While yet another poll showed Governor Hassan in a strong position with a 54 percent approval rating among New Hampshire voters (NBC/Marist), failed CEO Walt Havenstein's campaign continues to take on water as his recent slide continues. 
"While the Tea Party base has been in open revolt for weeks, it now looks like the GOP establishment may be giving up on Walt Havenstein too, with reports that Governor Christie and the RGA are the latest to jump ship on Havenstein’s sinking campaign," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. "Now that even the GOP is souring on his bumbling campaign and record of mismanagement and failed leadership as CEO of SAIC, Havenstein will now have to fully unleash his anti-middle class Koch Brothers agenda if he wants any hope of surviving his neck-and-neck primary." 
Developments this week

Last Sunday, the consensus among panelists on WMUR’s CloseUp agreed that the GOP gubernatorial primary is a dead heat.

This week, Havenstein's opponents also went on the attack over a video that recently surfaced from a lecture on leadership where Havenstein quoted extensively from President Obama's first inaugural address. 
And at a press conference on Wednesday, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) did not include New Hampshire in their list of the most competitive gubernatorial races this year. Leading WMUR to conclude, "It appears that [RGA Chairman Governor Chris Christie] basically has given up" on Havenstein (only a month after endorsing him).

Perhaps the RGA saw the same data FiveThirtyEight reported showing Havenstein's in deep trouble. 

NHDP - ICYMI – WMUR: Is Christie giving up on GOP chances to win NH governor's race?

Key point: “A month ago New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited New Hampshire for the first time in years … trying to help Republicans defeat Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. But now it appears that he basically has given up … both Republican candidates are losing to Hassan by 26 points.”

Full analysis below:

Is Christie giving up on GOP chances to win NH governor's race?

MANCHESTER, N.H. —A month ago New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited New Hampshire for the first time in years. He came with a purpose. Not only was Christie, in his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, trying to help Republicans defeat Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, but he even endorsed a candidate in a competitive Republican primary, campaigned with him and raised money for him.

But now it appears that he basically has given up.

At a press conference Wednesday, the executive director of Christie's RGA singled out the top nine most competitive races for governor this year. There are 36 races for governor this year over all. According to POLITICO, the RGA mentioned Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, Maine, Arkansas, Connecticut and Illinois. The director also went on to say that early successful spending for Republican incumbents in South Carolina, Iowa and New Mexico means the group will spend part of their $100 million also in Colorado, Massachusetts and Hawaii.

That's right, Hawaii and Massachusetts are more on the radar for the Republican Governor's Association than swing state New Hampshire.

But the RGA might be on to something. The most recent poll in Massachusetts shows the Republican candidate 5 points behind and in Hawaii the Republican candidate is leading the Democratic incumbent by 6 points. In New Hampshire, both Republican candidates are losing to Hassan by 26 points.

But RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho cautions not to read too much in the remarks that didn't mention New Hampshire.

"I wouldn't draw any conclusions that we are taking the race less seriously," Gitcho said. "We believe that Maggie Hassan is vulnerable because she's been a weak governor who has taken the state backwards. We are very much paying attention to New Hampshire." 

Christie will be back in New Hampshire later this month to raise money for the state Republican Party. You can be sure that he will be asked about this.


NHDP - Scott Brown in the News 


NHDP: Clear Contrast for NH Veterans 

Shaheen Has Long Record Helping 
New Hampshire Vets

Brown Offers Empty Rhetoric to New Hampshire

Manchester, NH—For New Hampshire veterans, the choice was clear today as Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s long record of helping New Hampshire veterans contrasted with the empty rhetoric of Scott Brown’s latest television commercial.
Senator Shaheen today released a list of more than 100 veterans endorsing her re-election, citing her long record of accomplishments, including:
  • Working now for passage of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, which includes language that Senator Shaheen fought for, which would allow veterans in New Hampshire to receive healthcare services from certain non-VA medical facilities if they live more than twenty miles from a full service VA provider;
  • Successfully fighting to get a veterans clinic open in Keene, cutting through 30 years of red tape and delays;
  • Successfully advocating, with Senator Kelly Ayotte, for two new veterans clinics in Berlin and Colebrook;
  • Securing millions for the New Hampshire National Guard’s Deployment Cycle Support Program (DCSP) that supports deploying servicemembers and their families during deployment and reintegration;
  • Introducing legislation to hire additional local VA staff to work to eliminate the backlog and to fund legal clinics that would help veterans escape the backlog;
  • Recently introducing the Veterans Hiring Act that would provide a payroll tax cut for business that hire veterans. In 2011, Senator Shaheen cosponsored the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and supported providing businesses with tax credits to encourage them to hire veterans
"The contrast couldn't be clearer: while Scott Brown launches partisan attacks, Jeanne Shaheen gets results," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.  "New Hampshire veterans deserve better than Scott Brown's empty rhetoric. They deserve leadership like Jeanne Shaheen's that has made a real difference for our veterans."