Brown campaign out with new ad on immigration
Scott Brown’s campaign will begin airing its second immigration ad this week, once again linking the problems at the border directly to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
“Want to know why there is lawlessness on the border? Ask Senator Shaheen,” Brown says into the camera. “She voted against border security twice and for amnesty.”
Immigration has been a talking point of the Brown campaign for several weeks. Brown’s first immigration ad, released July 28, also focused on border security. He was the first U.S. Senate candidate to air an ad on immigration in response to the border crisis. He also aired an accompanying radio ad.
Shaheen did vote against two amendments that would have required the completion of fences along the United States border with Mexico. Brown was not in the Senate for either of those votes. Regarding amnesty, Brown’s ad refers to Shaheen’s support for the DREAM Act, which would have allowed minors who came here illegally to stay here. Brown voted against that.
But Brown’s ad does not mention that Shaheen voted for a “border surge” amendment included in the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the U.S. Senate last summer. That large bill required a number of security measures to go into effect before other provisions of the law, such as a path to citizenship, could begin. Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte also voted for the comprehensive bill.
“The fact is that Jeanne Shaheen voted to strengthen border security with comprehensive immigration reform, just like Kelly Ayotte,” Shaheen campaign spokesman Harrell Kirstein said recently in response to attacks on Shaheen’s immigration record.
(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kronayne.)