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Senate candidate Brown to get Romney endorsement


Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be in New Hampshire on July 2 to endorse former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown in his campaign to represent New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate.

Romney is scheduled to speak at 1:30 p.m. at the Bittersweet Farm in Stratham, owned by long-time Republican activists Doug and Stella Scamman.

Doug Scamman served 13 terms as a state representative, including three terms as speaker of the House. Stella Scamman served three terms in the House and is active with the Seacoast Republican Women.

“Together, we will rally with Republicans and those who want to make a difference in this election,” said Brown. Brown is in a three-way primary against former state Sen. Jim Rubens and former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith for the right to face incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in the midterm election in November.

Romney’s endorsement of Brown triggered a response by Rubens that he later had to apologize for.

“This is another attempt by the establishment to squelch the primary debate which is now showing the sharp differences between Brown and me,” Rubens said in a statement released on Tuesday morning. “This endorsement is payback for Scott Brown voting in favor of Romneycare, which was the model for Obamacare.”

Later in the day, Rubens issued an apology.

“I apologize to Gov. Romney for implying that he endorsed Scott Brown because Brown voted for Romneycare as a Massachusetts state senator,” he said. “My choice of words was poor. Inadvertent or not, this is beneath me. I believe that Gov. Romney’s endorsement is genuine, and not motivated by any sort of quid pro quo.”

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