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Thursday
Jul172014

NHDP - ICYMI: Brown pegs Shaheen 'in the Massachusetts delegation' 

By Alexandra Jaffe

Scott Brown (R) proclaims his heart’s in New Hampshire, but his head seems to be stuck back in Massachusetts. The former Massachusetts senator, who moved to New Hampshire late last year and soon after launched a bid for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s (D) seat, again appeared to forget where he was in a radio interview on Tuesday.

Speaking on Boston Herald radio, Brown knocked Shaheen on immigration reform and the crisis at the border, declaring he’s “not for amnesty and never have been, I have not supported the Dream Act, she has.” 

“And that’s a big difference between Senator Shaheen and me and many other people in the Massachusetts delegation, and Senator Shaheen, in particular, the president,” he says just prior.

Brown continues the interview, oblivious to the mistake. But it’s not the first time he’s made it. 

In December, before launching his senate bid, Brown told a New Hampshire GOP group that Granite State Republicans had said they were “thankful” he was there raising awareness of “the issues that are affecting not only people here in Massachusetts — I mean New Hampshire.” 

That gaffe sparked ridicule from Democrats, who have hammered him as a political opportunist and carpetbagger since he moved to the state.

And his newest flub again opened the door to such criticism, with New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain calling it “an insult to New Hampshire families.

“Brown used to brag about growing up in Massachusetts, raising his family in Massachusetts and said he would die in Massachusetts. Now he's moved to New Hampshire and says he cares about us, but really he's just using us to get himself a Senate seat,” she added. “How can New Hampshire families possibly trust a candidate who doesn’t see the difference between Massachusetts and New Hampshire?”

While Republicans trumpeted Brown’s entry into the race, polling has shown Shaheen maintaining a solid single-digit lead over him.

Thursday
Jul172014

NHDP - As Scott Brown Hides in Bathroom To Avoid Questions, Campaign Co-Chair Tells Reporter Brown Needs A U-Turn on Hobby Lobby

Brown Campaign Calls Cops on Reporter To Avoid Answering Questions
 

Manchester, NH — Scott Brown is now hiding in the bathroom and calling the police to avoid answering questions about his support for the Supreme Court decision allowing employers to deny women health insurance coverage for contraception. Brown also is ducking questions about his support for an even more extreme law that would allow employers to deny women in New Hampshire coverage for basic preventative health care services like mammograms.
 
While Scott Brown took to hiding to avoid having to justify his stance on access to contraceptive care, the co-chair of Women for Scott Brown was making known that she believes Brown is wrong. Julie Brown told a reporter that Scott Brown has the wrong position on contraception coverage, and is at odds with "many, many" New Hampshire women.  


 

First, rather than answering questions about his record opposing women's access to health care, Brown runs and hides in the bathroom of a diner:

 
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.
 

 

Then, when Lewis tries again to ask Brown about his record on women's health care, the cops show up: 

 
I was explaining to [Brown’s staffer] that Senate candidates don’t get to dictate when and where journalists ask them questions, when Brown re-emerged. Gruffly, he told me I had intruded in a private event. 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.
 
 

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The Guardian: Scott Brown: fallout from Hobby Lobby decision puts Senate bid in tight spot
 
GOP candidate Scott Brown has been labeled 'anti-women' by his Democratic rival, a label particularly toxic in New Hampshire
 
By Paul Lewis in West Ossipee, New Hampshire
 
Scott Brown has been touring New Hampshire since April, when he announced he would be running for the state's Senate seat. Hitting the campaign trail in his trademark pick-up truck, Brown has portrayed himself as an accessible candidate, introducing himself to voters at supermarkets, car shows, lobster shacks and a Harley Davidson-themed cookout.
 
A former Republican senator from neighbouring Massachusetts, Brown plans to win the election in his adopted state one handshake at a time. “Join Scott,” his website implores visitors. “Get on the trail.”
 
That was precisely what I did last Friday, when my unexpected arrival at Brown’s statewide tour revealed a different side to his campaign. Just a few miles from a town named Freedom, no less, I was expelled from two consecutive Brown campaign events, banned from asking him questions and, when I declined to abide by those terms, questioned by an officer of the law.
 
It turned out that Brown did not want to talk about about Hobby Lobby, the recent supreme court decision critics argue will deny some women contraceptive care in their insurance plans.
 
Brown, 54, is a former military colonel, lawyer and topless model turned Republican politician, who came to prominence when he unexpectedly won the Massachusetts Senate seat in 2009.
 
After losing that seat three years later, Brown flirted, briefly, with running for president, before switching his allegiance to New Hampshire and, in an attempt to dispense with his reputation as a carpetbagger, taking to the road to meet voters.
 
It is unclear if the strategy is working. A recent poll suggested the gap between Brown and his Democratic opponent – incumbent senator Jeanne Shaheen – has more than doubled since he announced his candidacy and began touring the state three months ago.
 
The anti-woman label: especially toxic in New Hampshire
 
He now trails Shaheen by 12 points – and also lags behind her in the fundraising contest. Further, Brown still has to win the GOP primary, which in New Hampshire is not held until September 9. Even though he is widely expected to win the Republican nomination, the primary is proving a distraction.
 
Meanwhile, the Shaheen campaign, in a repeat of the playbook that saw Brown defeated in Massachusetts by Elizabeth Warren, has been relentlessly painting Brown as anti-women.
 
It is a line of attack echoed across the US as midterm campaigns heat up, and Democrats seek to activate a key demographic constituency. It is not just women whom Democrats have come to rely on, but single women in particular.
 
And, like minority voters, while unmarried women tend to lean Democratic, they’re also disinclined to vote in midterm elections.
 
Democrats have been accusing Republicans of waging a “war on women” since 2010, citing their opposition, for example, to enforcement of equal pay, or restrictions on access to abortions.
 
The anti-woman label is especially toxic in New Hampshire, which has an impressive record of electing women. Four years ago, New Hampshire became the first state in US history to have a statelegislature comprised mostly of women. It currently has the first ever all-woman congressional delegation – and a female governor.
 
The Brown campaign, with some justification, believe the anti-women accusation is an unfair slur on his name. Unusually for a Republican, Brown is pro-choice, mostly supports access to birth control, and recently denounced a supreme court decision that critics say allows anti-abortion activists to intimidate women when they visit clinics.
 
But Brown has an Achilles heel, left exposed by a second, more high-profile supreme court decision: the judgment in favour of the Christian, family-run business Hobby Lobby.
 
A majority of justices ruled that companies like Hobby Lobby can, on religious grounds, deny their employees insurance coverage for some types of birth control.
 
The ruling was a setback for Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, but was far less consequential than a piece of legislation – the so-called Blunt Amendment – which Brown championed as a senator in 2012.
 
That legislation would have gone further than the supreme court ruling in allowing employers to use religious exemptions to opt out of providing coverage for a wide range of health services – even, critics say, preventive care and mammograms.
 
In the Massachusetts race, Warren used Brown's support for the controversial amendment as evidence of his hostility to women. She won the election decisively, and exit polls showed Brown lost the women's vote by 18 points. He recently told Ellen Kolb, a pro-life blogger, that his support for the Blunt Amendment "cost me the election" in Massachusetts.
 
The Hobby Lobby verdict has reignited the issue, and the Brown campaign's reaction has been stumbling. It took several hours to respond to the judgment earlier this month, eventually releasing a vague, two-line statement that shed no real light on his position.
 
Asked about the issue on a local radio station days later, Brown appeared to back the Hobby Lobby ruling when he said he supported religious freedom "even though that may be out of touch with social opinion". But it was still unclear where he stood. "The court made their decision and we’ll see what happens thereafter,” he said.
 
'You’re getting in the face of people that don’t care to talk to you'
 
I decided to find Brown – whose wife, Gail, is a former TV journalist – on the campaign trail, and ask him to clarify his stance. That, it turned out, was easier said than done.
 
While an inquiring member of the public will be told about Brown's forthcoming campaign stops, the schedule is kept secret from anyone who, like me, self-identifies as a journalist. Fortunately, I received a tip-off that Brown would be appearing later in the day at a diner 100 miles north, in the foothills of the White Mountains.
 
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.
 
I decided to wait in the parking lot for Team Brown to emerge into the sunlight. Four minutes later, a white SUV swung round and parked next to the steps of the diner. Brown came out with a phone pressed to his ear. "Get in! Get in!" said a campaign worker holding open the car door. Another man asked me to leave. “You’re getting in the face of people that don’t care to talk to you,” he said.
 
That, I explained, is what journalists must sometimes do. We’re used to politicians giving us evasive answers. But we don’t expect them to run away from questions – unless, that is, they’re in crisis mode.
 
The truth is the fallout from the Hobby Lobby ruling puts Brown in a tight spot.
 
Shaheen, who in 1999, as New Hampshire governor, signed a law requiring insurance companies to offer contraception coverage, has been quick to exploit her opponent's discomfort, and last week put her name to legislation that would undo the Hobby Lobby judgment.
 
"This is not just an issue about who makes those decisions," she told me. "It is also an economic issue, because when women are not able to get insurance coverage for contraceptives, they're paying more."
 
With Brown's primary more than six weeks away, he cannot afford to alienate pro-life Republican voters by altering his stance. At the same time, he is facing pressure from the upper ranks of his own campaign to do just that.
 
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.
 
"I will discuss it with him,” she added. “I give anybody credit who changes their mind."
 
'I’m not making any more news'
 
With Brown's own ambassador to women urging a U-turn on such a critical issue, I thought I should try, once again, to press the candidate on where, precisely, he currently stands.
 
His next campaign stop, I was told, would take place three hours later, on the second floor of the Hobbs Tavern and Brewery, in West Ossipee. I was at the tavern, mingling with about a dozen locals, when the candidate arrived. Brown walked up the stairs, spotted me in the audience, frowned, turned around and walked back downstairs.
 
Jeremy, looking even more anxious than he did at Priscilla's, took me to a corner and told me that while I could witness Brown's electioneering, under no circumstances was I permitted to ask questions.
 
I was explaining to Jeremy that Senate candidates don’t get to dictate when and where journalists ask them questions, when Brown re-emerged. Gruffly, he told me I had intruded in a private event. 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.
 
I don't know if Officer Valley, from the Ossipee Police Department, had ever before been called to deal with an errant reporter. I do know he walked up to the porch with an amused look on his face. “How you doing?” he said, shaking everyone's hand. “What’s up?”
 
None of the parties disputed the facts of the case. I was the journalist. My job was to ask questions. The man holed up inside the tavern was Scott Brown, a would-be senator who didn’t want to answer. I was eventually asked to leave. I left.
 
Officer Valley mulled over the situation before delivering his summary judgment. “There’s no crime,” he said. “No issue here at all.”
 
Three days later, in response to continued questions about Brown’s position on Hobby Lobby, his press secretary, Elizabeth Guyton, emailed a response.
 
It was the same statement as the one the campaign released the day after the Hobby Lobby decision. It avoids any reference to the supreme court ruling.
 
“Scott Brown supports women's healthcare and access to contraception, but by injecting government into every aspect of our lives, Obamacare threatens all our freedoms,” Guyton said. “The best solution is to repeal it."
 

Wednesday
Jul162014

Rubens For US Senate - Campaign Releases First Statewide Radio Ad 

Beginning tomorrow 7/16, the Jim Rubens for U.S. Senate campaign begins airing its first statewide radio campaign.  The thirty second spot is being targeted to conservative  audiences from Salem to Littleton and from the Seacoast to the Lake Sunapee Region.

 

"This ad is aimed squarely at primary voters who are engaged in the issues and makes clear that Jim is not part of the Washington establishment," says Brian Tilton, Communications Director for the Jim Rubens for U.S. Senate campaign.

 

Following is the transcript of the ad voiced by Rubens:

 

"Are you sick and tired of career politicians who do anything to stay in power?  I'm Jim Rubens, candidate for U.S. Senate and I approve this message.

 

"I've lived here in New Hampshire 40 years, served in our state senate, and delivered bold solutions- voting privacy and charter schools.

 

"I'll take on the crony capitalists, big unions and Washington insiders who are busy raiding the national treasury at our expense. The Washington establishment is about to get a big wake-up call.  Climb aboard, visit Jim Rubens dot com."  

Spot can be heard at the following link on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M_l6NfAmlM

Tuesday
Jul152014

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." 
Saturday
Jul122014

Brown For US Senate - CAMPAIGN RAISES $2.34 MILLION IN SECOND QUARTER 

Continues Gaining Momentum with Approximately $1.5 Million Cash On Hand

MANCHESTER The Brown campaign announced today that it raised $2.34 million during the second quarter, and enters July with approximately $1.5 million cash on hand.
 
The total amount raised is all the more impressive because Brown was not a formally declared candidate for the entire reporting period.

"The strong support that Scott Brown has received indicates that our message is resonating and our momentum is growing,” said Colin Reed, campaign manager for the Brown campaign.  “The people of New Hampshire are ready for a change for the better and are looking for a senator who represents their values and priorities. In the fall, our campaign will have the resources we need and a united Republican Party behind us to defeat Jeanne Shaheen and ensure she is a one-term senator.”