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Dan Tuohy has covered politics in the Granite State since 1993 and has reported from the Statehouse. A New Hampshire native, Tuohy is a past president of the New Hampshire Press Association.
February 05. 2014 5:29PM

John DiStaso's Granite Status: Dems say Scott Brown 'has gone from carpetbagger to snake oil salesman'

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5: SCOTT'S EMAILS. Democrats today pounced on Republican former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown for renting his ScottBrown.com email list to a firm that used it to promote a doctor who has long espoused controversial theories at odds with scientific evidence.

Brown had been renting his email list to Newsmax Health, an affiliate of conservative news website Newsmax.

He said he severed ties with Newsmax following a Wednesday morning email was sent to his list that included a video titled "5 Signs You'll Get Alzheimer's," which promotes the claims of "renowned neurosurgeon and nutritionist Dr. Russell Blaylock."

In the video, Blaylock issues a warning not to drink fluoidated water or use toothpaste as a way of avoiding Alzheimer's Disease and warns against the use of pesticides and herbicides to avoid "brain inflammation."

"Dear Patriot," Brown wrote in the email, "I thought you might be interested in the offer below from our sponsor Newsmax Health. Thank you, Senator Scott Brown."

Brown said Wednesday he did not approve the email.

Brown's email list on Tuesday received a message from him discussing Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly's interview with President Barack Obama that was sponsored by The Franklin Prosperity Report. The email contained an ad promising to show readers a "Weird Trick" that "adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks!" It also included a sponsor's note claiming: "Special: Seniors Scoop Up Unclaimed $20,500 Checks."

Brown, who recently moved full-time to what had been a vacation home in Rye and is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, said Wednesday afternoon in an email to media outlets, including the Granite Status, that he had just severed his relationship with the vendor.

But state Democratic Party spokesman Harrell Kirstein said Brown "should be ashamed of himself. He has gone from carpetbagger to snake oil salesman, and New Hampshire residents are his latest mark as he cashes in on radical conspiracy theories and scams -- making money by sending emails from known hucksters and frauds."

Other Republicans have reportedly used rented their lists to Newsmax only to have unorthodox emails sent carrying their names as well.

According to the Huffington Post, the same message from Newsmax Health went out over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's email list earlier this month.

Brown emailed reporters Wednesday, "Like many other past and present elected officials, you are aware that we often rent out our lists. I have done so with the guidance of counsel and am very selective about who we rent to.

"With regard to this vendor, I have been exploring entering into an occasional rental agreement with the vendor that this morning, sent out the email in question.

"While the issue of Alzheimer's is personal to me, and is an issue I have been working on for years, I did not approve or authorize the sending of this particular email. Due to this and other issues, I am terminating my relationship with this vendor effective immediately.

"Not much more to add," he wrote. " Was not aware of it until this AM and dealt with it.

"I know that the Dems are doing their usual, but due to their troubles throughout the country with the mess they have created, they have to try to change the subject somehow. No big deal."
(See a new Granite Status report below.)


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5: 'WILD IRISH' JINDAL. Louisiana Gov. and potential 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal will be a featured guest at one of the state's biggest St. Patrick's Day events.

Jindal will attend the "Wild Irish Breakfast" for the PLUS Company, Inc. at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua on March 14, said Jill Neunaber, executive director of his advocacy organization, America Next.

Also featured will be Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

It's one of several "must-attend" St. Patrick's events and has in the past featured national leaders, some of whom have gone on to run for President.

In 2011, for instance, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was featured as he was on the verge of a presidential campaign.

Neunaber said Jindal later on March 14 will keynote the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, also in Nashua at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and hosted by the state Republican Party. The conference is billed as an effort aimed at "expanding the Republican Party's base" and winning in Democrat and competitive areas."


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



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