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Tuesday
Sep092014

NHDP - ICYMI: Scott Brown just got the worst introduction ever 

WaPoScott Brown just got the worst introduction ever

By Aaron Blake September 8 at 10:07 PM

Former senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is running for Senate in New Hampshire. And, yes, occasionally his state-switching comes up -- usually from his political enemies. But, on Monday, one of Brown's supporters -- Chris Sununu,  a member of the New Hampshire executive council and son of former governor John Sununu (R) -- raised it. And he did it in about the most awkward way possible.

To watch video click 
here

This is a brief transcript from the video shot by a state Democratic Party tracker (emphasis ours since Sununu jumps around a lot):

Someone came up and said, "Hey, you know, I'd love to meet Scott." ... He said, "I always thought Scott was kind of a phony from Massachusetts." And I said, you gotta sit down with him, because -- he sat down, they had their little conversation, he walked away. You know what he said? He goes, "That guy was -- he's not a -- he's a phony from New Hampshire that just happened to live in Massachusetts for a little while. He's more New Hampshire than most people we have in New Hampshire."

Now that's something you can put on a bumper sticker.

Monday
Sep082014

Rubens For US Senate - Jim Rubens Campaign Schedule for Monday

Below is Jim Rubens' campaign schedule for Monday, September 8, 2014:

 

6:00am- Jim participates in sign wave

               Corner of Commercial and Granite Streets, Manchester

 

7:10am- Interview with Ben Sarro, WNTK Radio

               New London - 997.FM www.wntk.com

               Phone-in

 

8:40am- Interview with Peter St. James, WTPL Radio

               Concord - 107.7FM www.wtplfm.com

               Phone-in

 

10:00am- Jim visits Polaris Charter School

                 100 Coolidge Ave, Manchester

 

11:30am- Jim visits William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center

                 151 Douglas St., Manchester

 

3:15pm- Jim visits Red Arrow Diner

               61 Lowell St., Manchester

 

5:30pm- Jim appears live on WMUR-TV for "final pitch"

               100 S. Commercial St., Manchester

Monday
Sep082014

Rubens For US Senate - Brown Campaign Worried as Rubens Surges 

In an August 6th press release, the Jim Rubens campaign exposed the connection between Wall Street campaign contributions and how Senators Shaheen and Brown voted to fatten up Wall Street banks. This was done while putting the U.S. economy at further risk of collapse and hurting small businesses in New Hampshire.

 

Brown, in particular, was rewarded handsomely, receiving over $3 million in campaign contributions from Wall Street, the most of any senator in the nation.

 

Brown's campaign has largely avoided addressing this, feeling that New Hampshire voters simply didn't care whether Brown is more interested in catering to the special interests that are pouring money into his campaign than the people of our state.

 

However, over the weekend, a Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll came out, showing that 73% of New Hampshire Republican voters listed "a candidate committed to fighting crony capitalism" as a strong or very strong reason for voting for him or her.  That same poll showed that Rubens has cut Brown's lead in half.

 

This prompted a letter from Colin Reed, Scott Brown's campaign manager, threatening legal action against Larry Lessig for calling Brown a lobbyist. Larry Lessig's Mayday PAC is supporting Jim Rubens' campaign to oust career politicians who trade campaign money for votes.

 

As the law requires, we can't get involved with the discussion of whether or not Scott Brown working for a "Law and Lobbying Firm" after leaving the Senate qualifies technically as a lobbyist.

 

However, this much is clear: Scott Brown's too cozy relationship with special interests is a problem for voters.  This hostile reaction from Brown's campaign show he's clearly worried about Tuesday's primary election.  Reed himself admitted to the race tightening inhis memo on Thursday, comparing this race to the 2010 Senate race that was decided by less than 2%.

 

Jim Rubens has pledged not to become a lobbyist after leaving office and raised this as an issue since the beginning of his campaign.  Voters who are fed up with crony capitalism and senators more worried about special interests than the people they represent, will have a chance on Tuesday to have their voice heard.

Sunday
Sep072014

Rubens For US Senate - This Election is Breaking Our Way  

The latest poll states that 60% of voters are "still trying to decide" and "not leaning toward any candidate".  Despite the near universal name recognition, Washington's candidate isn't selling.  This is a late breaking election and breaking in our direction.

Our radio and digital advertising is heavy and getting our message out to voters.  As was reported by the National Journal, there is a new TV ad up this weekend featuring Senator Gordon Humphrey.

This week Jim participated in WMUR's Granite State Debates.  At the debate, Jim laid out clear positions on the issues and bold solutions to the problems facing our country.  Scott Brown provided more of the same, trying to be on all sides of issues and sidestepping the tough questions.  He struggled to find positions on issues ranging from gun control to immigration reform.  We are still scratching our heads on what he meant by saying "my door is always open" to an assault weapons bar.

You can watch question-by-question videos of the debate on WMUR's website.  Be sure to watch the clip where the candidates are asked which Democrat in the state they respect the most.  You won't believe Scott Brown's answer (hint: It's Jeanne Shaheen, Obama rubber-stamp).

There was an overwhelming response to Rubens' debate performance.  A post-debate poll showed that most people believed Jim Rubens was the strongest.  In fact, more people thought he won the debate than the other two candidates combined.  To see the full results click here (and while you are there please vote for Jim as voting is still open).

As a reaction to Rubens' clear positions and bold solutions, many voters are coming to the conclusion that he is the best candidate to represent New Hampshire.  For example, this week after talking to Jim Rubens at an event in Hollis, Republican activist Dottie Price of Nashua took down her Scott Brown sign and put up a Jim Rubens sign.  This is just one of many doing the same, thank you for your support Dottie!

 

 

 

We need your help this weekend.  If you are available to spare a few hours making phone calls or knocking on doors, please e-mail rich@jimrubens.com or fill out the form here.  We also still have some opening for poll standers on election day.  Will you hold a sign for Jim for a couple of hours?

On election night, please join us at the Holiday Inn in Concord for a Victory Party.  The party will start at 7.  Together we will enjoy food, drink, and watch the election results.

Saturday
Sep062014

Rubens For US Senate - Seven Votes Brown Should Want to Take Back 

In last night's Granite State Debate on WMUR-TV, Josh McElveen asked each of the candidates what votes they regretted and would take back.

 

Scott Brown responded by saying "I don't believe there are any".  To help Scott Brown with that question, here are seven votes Scott Brown should want to have back:

 

- Voted for government-mandated healthcare while in the Massachusetts legislature that was the precursor to Obamacare.

- Voted for in-state tuition for those here illegally.

- Supported a federal "assault weapons" ban.  Brown voted for a permanent ban in the Massachusetts legislature.  With respect to such a ban on the federal level, Brown said, "My door is always open".

- Voted with Shaheen for the Cybersecurity Act which includes a provision allowing internet companies to pass private information over to government agencies.

- Voted with Shaheen to extend the Patriot's Act authorization of wiretaps on innocent Americans.

- Only Republican to vote to increase debt ceiling in 2012, calling for more spending with printed money and kicking the debt bomb can down the road.

- Voted with Shaheen for Dodd-Frank hurting NH businesses, but it helped Wall Street banks which gave $3 million to Brown, most of any senator in the country.