John DiStaso's Granite Status: Scott Brown selling Mass home, raising more speculation he may run for NH’s US Senate seat
And that, in turn, has again fueled speculation that he may run for the U.S. Senate in the Granite State against Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Brown’s plans are sure to be Topic A tonight when he appears at a fund-raiser for the Hampstead Republican Committee at the Granite Rose.
Brown has so far said only that the decision by him and his wife decision to put their 3,000-square-foot home on the market for $559,000 is personal. Brown works for the Nixon Peabody law firm in Boston and it is actually a shorter drive there from Rye than from Wrenthem.
Yet, making his seventh appearance for a Granite State Republican event in six months, Brown has done nothing to squelch the idea that he is considering running against Shaheen.
Shaheen has written several emails in recent months asking supporters for donations focusing on Brown’s potential plans.
Last Friday morning, she wrote that his Hampstead appearance is his “latest hint at running against me.”
That email was picked up by the chief of staff for Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Warren, of course, defeated Brown in the 2012 election.
The Warren chief of staff, Mindy Myers, last Friday afternoon forwarded Shaheen’s email out to Warren’s political email list.
Myers topped email with her own message, saying, “Believe it or not, our old friend Scott Brown is considering a move north to New Hampshire to run against Senator Shaheen in 2014.
“With your help, we beat Scott Brown and elected Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts. Let’s show Scott Brown: If he decides to run against Jeanne Shaheen, we’ll be there once again to stop him.
“Please make a donation to Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign before her September fundraising deadline,” Myers wrote. The quarterly deadline is midnight tonight.
Today, the Massachusetts Republican Party filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee on the Myers email.
The MassGOP noted that the Myers email went out at 1:35 p.m. on Friday, when the Senate was in session. The party said “there is reason to believe” Myers issued the partisan email while working in her capacity as chief of staff and did so “on government property using taxpayer resources.”
In New Hampshire, state Republican Chair Jennifer Horn tried to blame Shaheen for the Myers email.
“At a time when our government is on the verge of a shutdown, it is disgraceful that Senator Jeanne Shaheen would use a taxpayer-funded employee working for a Massachusetts liberal like Elizabeth Warren to raise money for her campaign,” Horn wrote.
“Senator Shaheen’s fundraising activities raise serious ethical questions and remind voters that she is focused on raising campaign cash instead of serving the people of New Hampshire.”
Brown, meanwhile, responded to a query by the Washington-based Politico.com commenting on his own plans with a message critical of Shaheen.
“I have been traveling to all parts of the country helping good people get elected,” Politico said he wrote from his iPhone Sunday afternoon. “Sen shaheen should spend her taxpayer paid time focusing on working to avoid a govt shutdown and not obsessing about my help of candidates who oppose Obamacare and of which she was the deciding vote, thus hurting businesses and individuals in NH and throughout the country.”
(Earlier Granite Status reports follow.)
Slater will return to New York and may end up working on a political campaign.
Slater said, "At this time I have decided that I would like to pursue other opportunities for the upcoming election cycle."
NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn said Slater has been "outstanding" and said that his decision to leave early in the cycle will ensure that she will hire someone early enough to have a smooth transition and not disrupt party activities.
Horn said she has begun a search for successor and expects to name one in a few weeks. Slater said he will stay on the job for several weeks.
Slater began as NHGOP executive director on April 1.
"I am proud of the progress that our party made in building a strong, grassroots network over the past several months and I am confident that New Hampshire Republicans will make tremendous gains in the mid-term elections," Slater said.
(Earlier Granite Status reports follow.)
He said in an interview that he has set up the "very creatively" named John Bolton Political Action Committee and the John Bolton SuperPAC to raise and contribute funds to U.S. House and Senate candidates in both primaries and the general election who believe national defense should be high priority and have "sound views" on foreign policy.
Republicans then and still today allow Obama a free pass "for his lack of leadership on foreign policy." In Mitt Romney, he said, "It was clear we weren't going to have a candidate who made national security a priority."
Now, though, he says, "It would not be candid to say that having thought about (running) in 2012, that that possibility isn't out there" for 2016.
He is "worried about the growth of neo-isolationism within the Republican Party. It's been a long time since we've seen that. It's important to have an opposing view.
On current issues, Bolton dismissed Iran's new overtures and conciliatory tone as "pure propaganda."
He said the Syrian situation was a failure for the Obama administration. In the new UN Security Council resolution to secure and eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, "The Russians have essentially gotten everything they wanted."
"Ultimately, I don't think the government will shut down," Bolton said.
College Republicans say they have been trying to "modernize" the party in recent months, "particularly with regard to younger voters, who overwhelmingly favor LGBT rights and protections."
He will keynote a fundraiser for the Hampstead Republican Committee at the Granite Rose at 7 p.m.