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Saturday
Oct182014

NHDP - Statement on Racist Video from Former GOP State Rep 

Manchester -- New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement denouncing an offensive and racist video posted on YouTube by a Scott Brown supporter and former Republican State Representative Greg Salts:

“Scott Brown’s campaign has become synonymous with bigoted and offensive rhetoric.  Make no mistake: this is a pattern for Brown's supporters. It's the third time that one of Brown’s campaign supporters has stooped to making racist, sexist or misogynistic comments.  Brown is so desperate to get back to Washington to protect Big Oil, Wall Street and other corporate interests that no disgusting attack is beneath him.”

The video can be found here.  Last weekend, Scott Brown sipped beers as his supporters shouted "F**k Jeanne Shaheen!" and other offensive language that the New Hampshire Democratic Party will not repeat here.  This summer, an individual Scott Brown touted in a press release as a supporter of his campaign sent a racist and misogynistic letter to the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

Friday
Oct172014

NHDP - Foley Family Speaks Out Against Despicable Ad

In Case You Missed It: Foley Family Speaks Out Against Despicable Ad, Scott Brown Silent on Returning $10,000 From PAC’s Leadership

NECN: Because of the ad, the State Democratic Party is now calling on Scott Brown to return $10,000 of campaign funds it claims Brown received from John Bolton, a Secure America Now board member. The Brown campaign did not respond to our specific request for comment on that issue.


Manchester, NH--This afternoon the parents of slain New Hampshire journalist Jim Foley are decrying the “deplorable” ad from a right-wing group that uses Foley’s image for political fodder. In response to the family’s comments, the New Hampshire Democratic Party is renewing its call for Scott Brown to return the $10,000 he received from John Bolton, a former Ambassador who is responsible for the ad.

“As the Foley family said this afternoon, this ad is offensive to people across New Hampshire. James Foley should not be used for political fodder,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “Scott Brown’s silence speaks volumes. It’s long past time for him to return his $10,000 donation from John Bolton who is responsible for this disgusting ad.”

To watch NECN’s coverage, click here: http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Parents-of-Slain-NH-Journalist-Call-Ad-Deplorable-279483132.html

NECN: Parents of Slain NH Journalist Call Ad "Deplorable"
By Katherine Underwood
Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 • Updated at 5:16 PM EDT

Parents of a slain New Hampshire journalist are speaking out in an emotional interview with NECN, after the image of their son moments before he is beheaded, shows up in a conservative ad campaign.

James Foley's mother and father, Diane and John, are demanding that the ad be pulled from New Hampshire.

Diane Foley remembers her son as a courageous and compassionate man who helped give a voice to people suffering in Syria.

"He was just the best of America," she said.

The image of her son in an orange jumpsuit just seconds before ISIS militants executed him, is something she tries to forget. But a new campaign ad from a conservative group, called Secure America Now, is forcing the Foley family to relive that horrific moment.

"I think it is deplorable and there should be an apology," said John Foley.

Secure America Now uses the image in a 15 second internet ad attacking Senator Jeanne Shaheen and other democratic incumbents in critical senate races across the nation.

"It makes me very sad that people would use the brutality of our son's death for their own political purposes," Mrs. Foley said.

The President of Secure America Now, Allen Roth, says the group did not contact the Foley family before making the ad public.

In a phone interview with NECN Thursday, Roth said, "The image has appeared around the world millions of times. We meant no harm, we just took an image that is in public domain and we used it."



"To see this brought back and put in our faces has been really appalling and I hope the ad goes away very soon," said Rochester Mayor T.J. Jean.

Roth says the group doesn't plan to issue any apologies, saying the ad is simply not controversial.

"I am saying there is an attempt to create a controversy here and that attempt is purely political," Roth told NECN.

Foley's parents say this has nothing to do with politics, this is about being human.

"I would just like them to have the sensitivity and compassion to withdraw that image from their campaign," Mrs. Foley said.

Secure America Now emphasizes that the Foley execution video and the image have been used in other campaigns across the country several different times.

After talking with NECN, Roth said the group would consider pulling the ad from New Hampshire out of respect for Foley and his family.

Because of the ad, the State Democratic Party is now calling on Scott Brown to return $10,000 of campaign funds it claims Brown received from John Bolton, a Secure America Now board member.The Brown campaign did not respond to our specific request for comment on that issue.

However, Roth made it clear that SAN board members are not involved in creating ads, nor to they see them before they go public. Roth says Bolton had nothing to do with this.

Thursday
Oct162014

NHDP - Politico: Dems turn up heat on Brown 

Politico: Dems turn up heat on Brown

By James Hohmann
10/15/14 10:39 AM EDT

The New Hampshire Democratic Party say Scott Brown is “crying poor.”

As autumn comes to New England — and Brown prepares to campaign with Mitt Romney Wednesday — Democrats are seizing on a radio interview that the Senate candidate gave on Tuesday in which he suggested that he’s struggling with the decision to turn up the heat because of rising energy costs.

Personal financial disclosures show Brown and his wife are millionaires.

On WNTK-FM, Brown attacked Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for supporting cap-and-trade and opposing the Keystone Pipeline.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “Gail and I are wrestling right now about when we’re turning on the heat. I’m in my house right now, and it’s a good 58 degrees. So it’s probably time to do it, but that costs money.”

New Hampshire Democratic Party spokeswoman Julie McClain shot back, pointing to what she said was Brown’s lucrative career since leaving the Massachusetts Senate seat he held for nearly three years at the start of last year.

“Scott Brown can pay his heating bill with all the money he’s made cashing in on his public service — $270,000 from an outsourcing company, a contract with Fox News, a job with a lobbying firm and a million-dollar deal for a book nobody read,” McClain said. “Scott Brown spent the last two years cashing in on his three years in Washington, and now he’s crying poor in New Hampshire.”

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To read the full article, click here

To listen to Brown's radio ad, click here

Thursday
Oct162014

NHDP - Mass and NH Labor Leaders Speak Out On Brown’s Outsourcing Record 

As Outsourcing Champion Mitt Romney Campaigns With Scott Brown, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Labor Leaders Speak Out on Brown’s Outsourcing Record
 

Manchester, NH – Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman and New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark Mackenzie spoke out against Scott Brown’s outsourcing record today as he campaigned alongside outsourcing champion Mitt Romney. Like Romney, Scott Brown has a record of profiting off companies that ship American jobs overseas. In the Senate, Brown voted to protect tax breaks for companies that shipped jobs overseas.
 
“New Hampshire shouldn’t make the same mistake Massachusetts made, because Scott Brown’s record when he went to Washington proves that he’s not for working families. He’s a guy that works to protect his corporate special interest backers, at the cost of the middle class,” said Steven Tolman, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. “Now we know that since losing in Massachusetts, Brown has been making hundreds of thousands of dollars off of a company that made outsourcing part of its business plan. That company, Kadant Inc., even outsourced jobs in Massachusetts, the same state he once served. Scott Brown was wrong for Massachusetts and he’s wrong for New Hampshire.”
 
“Outsourcing is the type of business practice that lines the pockets of people like Scott Brown and Mitt Romney, but is devastating for communities in a state like New Hampshire,” said Mark Mackenzie, President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO. “When jobs are shipped overseas, families suffer, unemployment rates increase, and entire communities are decimated. The fact that Scott Brown personally profited from this practice is shameful. We can't trust him and most definitely can't afford to send his agenda back to the Senate.”


As a Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown voted to protect special tax breaks for companies that offshore American jobs. After leaving the Senate, he made more than a quarter million dollars by serving on the Board of Directors of Kadant, Inc., a company that outsourced American jobs to increase its bottom line. Just two days before he announced his most recent campaign in New Hampshire, Brown signed legal documents endorsing the company’s business strategy, which included establishing cheaper manufacturing facilities in China and Mexico. 
Thursday
Oct162014

NHDP: Brown Must Immediately Return Campaign Donations From Those Responsible for Ad Featuring James Foley  

Brown Received $10,000 From John Bolton, Who Serves on Advisory Board for Right Wing Group Secure America Now
 

Manchester, NH—The New Hampshire Democratic Party is calling on Scott Brown to do the right thing and return the $10,000 donation from John Bolton, one of those responsible for a disgusting ad that features an image of slain New Hampshire native James Foley.
 
“This despicable ad is offensive to people of New Hampshire. James Foley should not be coldly used for political fodder,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “Scott Brown’s silence speaks volumes. He should immediately and forcefully denounce this ad and return his $10,000 donation from John Bolton—one of those responsible for this ad. Jim Foley’s murder should in no way be used as a political football.”
 
Scott Brown received $10,000 from John Bolton through his PAC. Bolton is on the advisory board of Secure America Now, the right-wing group running the ad.