UPDATED: Scott Brown: Critical ads show Shaheen is 'vulnerable'
MANCHESTER -- Scott Brown said Monday that pro-Democratic television ads being aired in New Hampshire criticizing him show that Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her colleagues who voted for Obamacare are vulnerable heading into the mid-term elections.
"I will make a decision in due time," the Republican former Massachusetts U.S. Senator, who now lives in Rye, told UnionLeader.com in an email regarding his possible run for the New Hampshire Senate seat held by Shaheen.
"But these attack ads being run by Jeanne Shaheen's liberal allies in D.C. speak to just how vulnerable she and every other Democratic senator who voted for Obamacare really are as they look to November. These third parties are going to have a busy fall propping up incumbents across the country desperate to distract voters from their lockstep support of President Obama and his disastrous agenda, like Obamacare or the stimulus bill."
Brown added, "But ultimately you can run, but you can't hide from voters when you've spent the last six years voting 99 percent of the time with President Obama."
New Hampshire Democratic Party spokesman Harrell Kirstein responded, “Big Oil has invested big in Scott Brown -- hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, and already they have spent nearly a million dollars on attack ads on his behalf. Granite Staters aren’t interested in publicity stunts, so Scott Brown should keep his shirt on and be prepared to answer tough questions if he’s thinking about running here.”
Democrats have also pointed out that the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity has spent far money on ads supporting Brown than all of the Democratic groups attacking him.
Brown's comments to UnionLeader.com came after he told the Washington-based Politico that ads by the Senate Majority PAC, headed by allies of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and other pro-Democratic groups in New Hampshire, are "not discouraging me" from running for the Senate seat held and seem to be "challenging me to get in."
Politico reported that in an interview, the Republican former Massachusetts senator, who now lives in Rye, said he was still seriously weighing whether to run for seat and would "probably" make a decision before the June filing deadline.
Brown told Politico, "They keep running these negative ads and crushing my integrity and distorting my votes and the like -- almost antagonizing me, challenging me to get in.
"Had they left me alone," he continued, "I may feel a bit different. But they didn't."
According to Politico, Brown added, "It's not discouraging me, that's for sure. If their intent was to discourage me, that's definitely not the case."
Shaheen's campaign has also sharply criticized Brown in numerous campaign fund-raising emails.
Brown's comments Monday echoed what he told UnionLeader.com in an interview in October 2013.
He said at the time of Shaheen's criticisms, "I will say that the more she pokes me in the eye, the more fired up I get."