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NHDP to Scott Brown: Seriously?

Manchester, NH--Scott Brown is trying to pull another fast one on New Hampshire voters, this time by ignoring his past in an attempt to rebrand himself as a credible voice on foreign policy. But the facts are clear: throughout his tenure in the Senate, Brown’s repeated gaffes raised serious questions.
"Scott Brown can't be serious. New Hampshire doesn’t need to be lectured about foreign policy by Scott Brown who claimed to have secret meetings with kings and queens, was duped by fake pictures of Osama Bin Laden’s corpse, and got $1.3 million in stock for signing on with a controversial beauty supply company turned arms manufacturer,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.

Brown: “I’ve Held Meetings with Kings, Queens”

McGrory: Brown “Diminishes The Job He Holds” With Mundane Ads While Claiming That He Holds Secret Meetings And “Private Lunches With Monarchs. Brian McGrory wrote in an opinion column in The Boston Globe: “…On the other hand, he’s telling us he’s the most important man in Washington, his schedule jam packed with double-secret briefings and private lunches with monarchs.” [Boston Globe column, 6/22/12]

McGrory: “But Time And Again, There Are Hints Of Inauthenticity About Brown.”Brian McGrory wrote in an opinion column in The Boston Globe: “But time and again, there are hints of inauthenticity about Brown. He plays the Everyman card while raising buckets of money in New York. He describes his role in the body politic that doesn’t gel with reality. He campaigns as a sitting senator on issues and attributes irrelevant to the job. Voters know what’s real. The question will come into sharper focus in the coming months: Does Scott Brown?” [Boston Globe column, 6/22/12]
NECN: In Second Debate David Gregory “Questioned Brown's Credibility, Noting How Several Months Ago The Republican Mentioned Having Secret Meetings With Kings And Queens.” According to NECN: “While Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren couldn't escape the issue surrounding her claims of Native American ancestry, Sen. Scott Brown was forced to address a previous claim of his own.  David Gregory questioned Brown's credibility, noting how several months ago theRepublican mentioned having secret meetings with kings and queens. While Brown's campaign said he misspoke, Gregory noted how the claim was made several times. Brown said he was not guilty of exaggeration, but he was simply trying to make a point that when talking about economic issues with international leaders, they talk about jobs.” [NECN, 10/1/12]


Brown Was Fooled By Fake Photos Of A Dead Osama Bin Laden

Brown was “Duped” by a Fake Picture of Osama bin Laden. According to WCVBTV, “Hours after saying he saw a picture of Osama bin Laden's corpse and that the photo should not be released publicly, Sen. Scott Brown's office said he did not view the actual death picture and was duped by one of the various fake photos circulating the Internet. ‘I can assure you he is dead,’ Brown said Wednesday in an interview with WCVB-TV after seeing a picture purported to be of bin Laden. Brown said he feared the release of the picture could ‘inflame the sensibilities of others throughout the world and potentially put our men and women in harm's way.’ It turns out, the picture the junior senator saw was a fake.”  [WCBVTV, 5/4/11]
Boston Herald Editorial: Brown made “Quayle-Like Goof” by Admitting He Mistaken Fake bin Laden Pictures as the Real Thing. In a May 6, 2011 editorial, The Boston Herald wrote, “It’s bad enough the Massachusetts senator got caught crowing about seeing an Osama bin Laden death photo — two days after the rest of the country figured out it was fake. The real kicker was his suggestion that he saw it in an intelligence briefing that apparently never took place … This is certainly Brown’s biggest gaffe since entering the Senate, and it comes as several of his potential 2012 rivals are deciding whether or not to risk running against the popular incumbent … First of all, how could Brown have thought the bin Laden photo was real? The one circulating around the Internet was proved to be a fake within hours. Shouldn’t one of his aides have told him? And the suggestion he saw the photo in an intelligence briefing sounds more like a line a guy would use to pick up a girl in a bar. Brown did quickly retract the photo claim, but he offered little explanation or excuse, except to say a lot of other people were duped by the photo. True, but U.S. senators are supposed to be a little bit more informed and cautious than the average Web surfer sitting in his basement. And they are not supposed to reveal things they see in intelligence briefings. Did Brown make up the part about the briefing? Did someone e-mail the photo to him and other senators? Or did he, as some suggest, really see a legitimate photo but backtrack because he wasn’t supposed to reveal it? ‘I can’t imagine what happened,’ Walsh said. ‘Did someone in a responsible position mislead him? These are real questions.’”  [Editorial, The Boston Herald, 5/6/11]
GDSI: A Beauty Supply Company Turned Arms Manufacturer 

GDSI Began 19 Years Ago As A Cosmetics Company. “Scott Brown, former senator of Massachusetts, on Monday defended his decision to accept 1.5 million shares of stock from an obscure Florida company, saying he offers guidance and serves as a sounding board in exchange for his large stake in the firm. […] The company, created 19 years ago to sell cosmetics before switching first to telecommunications and then to firearms, has only a 'virtual office,' no current products, no revenue, no patents, no trademarks, no manufacturing facilities, and no experience developing weapons, according to its most recent corporate filings.” [Boston Globe, 6/2/14]


Griffin "Strongly Supports" Scott Brown


Concord - Berlin Businessman Steve Griffin released the following statement today after his name was dishonestly included on a list of endorsements released by the Shaheen Campaign:


"I am strongly supporting Scott Brown and am extremely disappointed that Senator Jeanne Shaheen would dishonestly include my name on her list of endorsements without asking my permission. Washington has changed Jeanne Shaheen, and her record of voting with President Obama 99% of the time proves that she won't provide the type of independent leadership that she promised she would bring to the Senate. 


"New Hampshire needs to elect Scott Brown to restore America's standing in the world, stop reckless government spending and help small business owners create jobs. I am proud to support Scott's campaign to bring change to Washington and ask that Senator Shaheen immediately remove my name from her list."



Concord - Merrimack County Sherriff Scott Hilliard today called on Senator Jeanne Shaheen to address questions about a new report about her small business record. Yesterday, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Shaheen co-managed a family store that was later found to have sold stolen goods.


"Senator Shaheen's connection to this tarnished business raises serious questions that should be addressed. It is troubling that Senator Shaheen never disclosed this information during her many years in politics as she campaigned on her small business experience.  


"If Senator Shaheen has nothing to hide she should immediately answer questions about her involvement in this business and be open and transparent with her constituents."





2004: SHAHEEN: "I also understand the importance of small business on a very personal level because for the first eight years that my husband and I were married, we were involved in a partnership and a family business. We had a very small business, a seasonal business in York Beach, ME. But it was enough to teach me at a very personal gut level the issues that you deal with as business people. I had to deal with the personnel issues, withmeeting the payroll, with paying the bills, paying the taxes, and all of the bureaucratic regulations that go along." (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Remarks At Women Impacting Public Policy Conference, 9/28/04)  6:31


2008: SHAHEEN: "Now my husband and I started our married life with a small business. I understand what it is like to pay the bills and meet a payroll. And I think we have got to make sure that they enjoy economic opportunity, and so we need to see some action in Washington to help them." (Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Senate Debate, 10/6/08) 14:19


2011: SHAHEEN: "'As a former business owner, I understand that it's business and not government that creates jobs,' Shaheen said during a speech to the New England Council, an alliance of businesses, health and academic institutions. 'But I also know that government has a critical role to play fostering a positive business environment. It has a role to play in making sure that we recover from this recession and that we remain competitive.'" (Greg Kwasnik, "Shaheen Sees U.S. Role In Jobs," The Union Leader, 1/25/11)



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following on the Shaheen Campaign's comments on Senator Shaheen's ties to a family business that sold stolen goods:


"Jeanne Shaheen has touted her small business experience during her political campaigns, but never disclosed that she worked at a family business that was later tied to a burglary ring. She never mentioned that her former business partner was convicted of receiving and selling stolen property and went to jail.


"These new revelations raise serious questions that Senator Shaheen should address at an open and unfettered town hall meeting. New Hampshire expects their elected officials to be transparent and accessible. If Senator Shaheen truly has nothing to hide, she should be willing to personally answer questions from her constituents about this issue at a town hall meeting."




Dem Senator's Small Business Experience Was Co-Running Store that Sold Stolen Goods

Washington Free Beacon

CJ Ciaramella

September 18, 2014


Throughout her political career, including during her current race against former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) has touted her experience as a small business owner. Shaheen's small business "experience" was co-running a store that once sold thousands of dollars-worth of stolen jewelry.


"As the former owner and manager of a small retail business, Senator Shaheen knows what it's like to worry about meeting payroll and inventory costs to keep a business going," the Issues section of her Senate website declares. Her Senate biography also describes her as a "former small business owner."


This week, the Shaheen campaign asked voters to compare Scott Brown's small business record against her own.


"New Hampshire voters know they can trust Jeanne Shaheen because she votes to put New Hampshire first, and the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act is the perfect example of that," Shaheen Campaign Manager Mike Vlacich said. "Scott Brown had the opportunity to vote on the exact same bill to help small businesses across the state, but he sided with Wall Street and big corporate interests and voted no. That's as clear of a contrast as you can get. Jeanne Shaheen votes to put New Hampshire first, and Scott Brown doesn't."


In 1969, Shaheen and her husband, Bill, cofounded and had a stake in "Bill & Bob's-A Sterling Example," a shop with locations in both New Hampshire and Maine that sold used jewelry, silver, and leather items. The business was co-owned by Bill Shaheen's brother-in-law, future state senator Bob Fennelly.


In 1980, police executed a search warrant at the Maine Bill and Bob's location in connection to an investigation of a burglary ring that authorities said had stolen up to $200,000 of property from 27 residences.


Fennelly was indicted for allegedly buying $11,000 of stolen jewelry from the burglars. Fennelly retained a lawyer, Robert Stein, who would later become a partner at Bill Shaheen's law firm.


"It was a known fact that Bill and Bob's would buy any silver and gold without asking many questions," one burglar told police, according to a Sep. 6, 1980 report by the Foster's Daily Democrat newspaper, which extensively covered the trial.


In an affidavit, one of the burglars said he was paid $6,000 for stolen jewelry by Fennelly over a two-day period. The burglars said that on another occasion he told Fennelly that he'd found several pieces of stolen jewelry on the beach by using a metal detector.


During the trial, the prosecution played a tape of an interview with Fennelly. He said "many persons worked in the shops," including "his wife, Margaret, at the York store and his mother-in-law, Josephine Shaheen, and his brother-in-law, Bill Shaheen, on weekends, at the Dover store."


Bill Shaheen testified in court that he sold his stake in the business to his sister Josephine in 1977, after President Jimmy Carter named him U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire. He said he still occasionally worked at the store on weekends, according to the Foster's Daily Democrat.


The Shaheens were never charged or connected to the crimes.


Fennelly was convicted in New Hampshire on two felony counts of receiving stolen property and three identical counts in Maine.


The scandal destroyed Fennelly's political career. The Shaheens were never charged or connected to the crimes. The Maine Bill and Bob's location remains open.


On the campaign trail, in speeches, and in print, Shaheen cited her experience with Bill and Bob's as proof of her small business bona fides.


"I also understand the importance of small business on a very personal level because for the first eight years that my husband and I were married, we were involved in a partnership and a family business," said in 2004. "We had a very small business, a seasonal business in York Beach, Maine. But it was enough to teach me at a very personal gut level the issues that you deal with as business people. I had to deal with the personnel issues, with meeting the payroll, with paying the bills, paying the taxes, and all of the bureaucratic regulations that go along."


The Shaheen campaign did not return a call seeking comment.