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John DiStaso's Granite Status: Scott Brown fund-raising email claims Shaheen, Dems 'scared'

By John DiStaso, Senior Political Reporter
January 09. 2014 6:20PM

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8: BROWN PENS NHGOP FUND-RAISING EMAIL. He's not even a candidate (yet), but Republican former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown on Wednesday penned a scathing email blasting Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her "liberal special interest allies in Washington."

Interestingly, the email was written under the state Republican Party logo and sent to supporters and the media through the party email system.

The Brown email seeks donations for the party.

Brown has recently relocated from Wrentham, Mass. to what had been his vacation home in Rye and has been involved for months in a highly-publicized flirtation with a U.S. Senate run in the Granite State against Shaheen.

GOP candidates already in the race include former state Sen. Jim Rubens, former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith and conservative activist Karen Testerman.

While we understand the email angered some conservatives who believe the state party wants to anoint moderate Brown to the Senate nomination, NHGOP officials said any of the Senate candidates are also welcome to raise money for the party through similar emails.

Key Republicans are now expecting Brown to become a candidate by the end of the month, although he continues to remain coy about his plans.

His email came in response to a television ad that began airing in New Hampshire Wednesday, a more than 10-day buy costing $150,000, sponsored by the Senate Majority PAC, a political action committee headed by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The ad claims Brown is "shopping for a Senate seat in New Hampshire."

"That's good for Wall Street and great for Scott Brown, but it doesn't make sense for New Hampshire," the narrator says.

It also stresses Brown was "the senator from Massachusetts."

Brown fired back in the NHGOP-sent email, with the subject line: "Scared."

"Jeanne Shaheen and her liberal special interest allies in Washington are scared," Brown writes.

"They're scared because they know that New Hampshire voters are fed up with her failed leadership and they're ready to replace her in 2014.

He calls Shaheen a "loyal foot soldier for her party leadership and an automatic vote for the failed Obama agenda."

He blasted her support for the Affordable Care Act and said her backers "don't want voters to focus on Shaheen's abysmal record and her broken promises."

Without stating his own intentions, he called for a "vigorous" Republican campaign "against the millions of dollars in special interest money that Shaheen's Washington allies are willing to spend to protect her."

State Democratic Party spokesman Harrell Kirstein responded that "Scott Brown's Wall Street and Texas Oil buddies have been pouring negative attack ads into New Hampshire to get him back in the U.S. Senate voting their interests, not New Hampshire's.

"The people of New Hampshire aren't going to buy his crocodile tears, not after hundreds of thousands of dollars of these attacks from Wall Street and Big Oil," Kirstein said.

The latest anti-Brown ad and Brown email came as the Granite Status first reported on Tuesday that the Shaheen campaign is conducting detailed polling testing her strengths and potential weaknesses, and also gauging opinions on Brown and Rubens.

(See earlier Granite Status reports elsewhere on this page or by clicking on "Granite Status" above.)


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