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U.S. Sen. Ayotte, ex-governors back Brown’s Senate bid

  • Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown speaks after getting the endorsement from former New Hampshire governors, Steve Merrill, far left, and Craig Benson, far right, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, not seen, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Nashua, N.H. Brown is trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown speaks after getting the endorsement from former New Hampshire governors, Steve Merrill, far left, and Craig Benson, far right, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, not seen, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Nashua, N.H. Brown is trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • Former New Hampshire Governors Steve Merrill, far left, and Craig Benson, far right, listens as U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. endorses Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown, standing with his wife Gail, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Nashua, N.H. Brown faces former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, former state Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman, in the GOP primary. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Former New Hampshire Governors Steve Merrill, far left, and Craig Benson, far right, listens as U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. endorses Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown, standing with his wife Gail, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Nashua, N.H. Brown faces former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, former state Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman, in the GOP primary. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • Former New Hampshire Governors Steve Merrill, far left, and Craig Benson, far right, listens as U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. endorses Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown, standing with his wife Gail, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Nashua, N.H. Brown faces former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, former state Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman, in the GOP primary. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Former New Hampshire Governors Steve Merrill, far left, and Craig Benson, far right, listens as U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. endorses Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown, standing with his wife Gail, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Nashua, N.H. Brown faces former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, former state Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman, in the GOP primary. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte laughs after U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown comments on her endorsement  Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Nashua, N.H. Ayotte endorsed Brown as the campaign tries to unseat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte laughs after U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown comments on her endorsement Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Nashua, N.H. Ayotte endorsed Brown as the campaign tries to unseat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown speaks after getting the endorsement from former New Hampshire governors, Steve Merrill, far left, and Craig Benson, far right, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, not seen, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Nashua, N.H. Brown is trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • Former New Hampshire Governors Steve Merrill, far left, and Craig Benson, far right, listens as U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. endorses Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown, standing with his wife Gail, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Nashua, N.H. Brown faces former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, former state Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman, in the GOP primary. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • Former New Hampshire Governors Steve Merrill, far left, and Craig Benson, far right, listens as U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. endorses Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown, standing with his wife Gail, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Nashua, N.H. Brown faces former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, former state Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman, in the GOP primary. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  • U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte laughs after U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown comments on her endorsement  Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Nashua, N.H. Ayotte endorsed Brown as the campaign tries to unseat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Republican Scott Brown accepted the endorsement of Sen. Kelly Ayotte yesterday, saying that as New Hampshire’s other U.S. senator he could be her “battle buddy” and “wingman” in Washington, D.C.

Ayotte, the lone Republican among New Hampshire’s four-person congressional delegation, joined former governors Steve Merrill and Craig Benson at a Nashua diner to endorse Brown, a former U.S. senator for Massachusetts now seeking a chance to unseat Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in his new home state.

Brown said his election would help Ayotte further fight for the state’s residents and values.

“She cannot be down there struggling and fighting three-against-one every single day,” he said. “I would be honored if I have the opportunity to go down there and be her right-hand person, her wingman, to be able to go down there and battle – to be her battle buddy – and go down there and battle for not only our state, but the men and women who are trying so hard to create jobs, our men and women who are fighting to get decent health care, to get decent veterans care,” he said. “You deserve better.”

Brown won a special election in Massachusetts in 2010 and lost his seat two years later. He moved to New Hampshire in December.

Ayotte described working with Brown in the Senate and said she needs him as a teammate to repeal President Obama’s health care overhaul law and help small businesses.

“Please send me a teammate in Scott Brown that can fight against what we’re seeing in Washington. . . . Get the federal government out of the way of our businesses, let our businesses create jobs,” said Ayotte, who earlier in the day joined Shaheen at the opening of a job-training and business center in Raymond that was built with federal and private funds.

Brown faces former U.S. senator Bob Smith, former state senator Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman in the GOP primary.

Smith said yesterday that Brown should accept his challenge for a series of debates instead of “hiding behind endorsements.” But one of Smith’s former campaign volunteers said he’s backing Brown because of Smith’s long absence from the state. Smith recently moved back to New Hampshire after a decade in Florida.

“At least Massachusetts and New Hampshire are more like cousins,” said Bob Duffy, 59, of Nashua. “They have a lot more in common than Florida and New Hampshire.”

New Hampshire Democratic Party spokeswoman Julie McClain said it was fitting that Brown was endorsed by Benson, “another Republican who voters threw out of office after just two years.”

Benson’s loss to Democrat John Lynch in 2004 was the first time since 1926 that a freshman governor was denied a second term.

Legacy Comments5

NObamas election by the LIDVs shows that democrats are so clueless they will elect the absolute lease qualified. The "YES SIR" voting record of Shaheen should immediately disqualify her from further public office. Shaheen's history of destroying health care in NH and then in DC should lead any sane voter to say we have had enough of this career politician. Brown has a proven bipartisan voting record - Shaheen does not.

Global Warming also got a boost from Benson's endorsement of Brown, by causing Bob Smith to exhale a giant sigh of relief.

This is a surprise. When they stood behind him when he said he was running, I didn't think they would go so far as to endorse him. So did he say he was going to be Ayotte's wingnut?

Craig Benson endorsed him? That should really help him out of the race.

Of carpetbaggers and oligarchs. Oh, what a tale they will weave.

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