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NHDP Statement on NECN’s NH Senate Debate 

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement on tonight’s NECN New Hampshire Senate debate:

“The debate tonight allowed New Hampshire voters to see exactly who is working for them, and who is working for Wall Street’s biggest banks and our country’s most profitable oil companies. While Jeanne Shaheen highlighted her record of fighting for middles class families and small businesses in New Hampshire, Scott Brown merely parroted talking points, hurled attacks that have been proven false by independent fact checkers, and proved he knows little about the values of his newly-adopted state. Only one candidate in this race is for New Hampshire, and that is Jeanne Shaheen.”

NRSC - How do you know when Jeanne Shaheen is panicked?

Good evening – 

How do you know when Jeanne Shaheen is panicked? When she’s forced to directly lie about her own record to Granite Staters.  

During the debate tonight, Scott Brown discussed the importance of nuclear power – mentioning that Senator Shaheen opposed it. An exasperated Shaheen threw her arms in the air and was adamant that she didn’t oppose nuclear power.

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It was an odd response, considering her opposition to Seabrook in the mid-1980’s. Don’t take our word for it, take Jeanne Shaheen’s. In 1986, she told UPI that nuclear power “is not a safe way to generate power.” (“Nuclear Power Campaign Issue In New Hampshire,” United Press International, 10/11/86). Here’s Jeanne Shaheen on video in 1987 arguing against nuclear power:     

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In addition to lying, Senator Shaheen seemed completely unprepared on several topics, most notably on Ebola.  Shaheen has been under fire for flip-flopping on a travel ban, but tonight revealed just how unprepared she is on the issue, curiously calling Ebola is a “new” disease. Yet the first documented cases of Ebola occurred in 1976, when the original “Rocky” was a top box office filmOOPS… 

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Jeanne Shaheen’s debate performance tonight revealed a Senator on the verge of losing her seat, failing to be the strong, independent voice she has promised to be. As Politico reported today, Scott Brown has all the momentum in this race. 




Concord - Endangered North Carolina Senator Kay Hagen (D-NC) today flip-flopped her position on a travel ban on Ebola "hot zone" countries, announcing her support for it only two days after she opposed it.  Senator Jeanne Shaheen continues to stand with President Obama and oppose a commonsense travel ban.


"Senator Shaheen continues to stand with President Obama and oppose a travel ban from countries afflicted by the Ebola virus. Her blind allegiance to the President's failed policies is shameful and proves that she is unwilling to provide independent leadership for New Hampshire," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "It's time for Jeanne Shaheen and President Obama to impose Ebola travel restrictions to keep Americans safe from disease."

Senator Kelly Ayotte, Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown and even liberal Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter support travel restrictions on Ebola affected countries. 


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.


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.”

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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.

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