Shaheen up with first negative TV ad against Brown
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen put out her first attack ad against Republican Scott Brown yesterday. The 30-second clip hits Brown for his ties to oil companies, a topic Shaheen’s campaign and Democrats have been hammering since before Brown entered the race.
“The big oil companies are the most profitable on the planet, but Scott Brown voted to give them $20 billion in taxpayer subsidies,” a male narrator’s voice says.
That statistic is referring to Brown’s 2011 vote against a bill that would have closed $21 billion in tax loopholes for major oil companies. He took that vote while representing Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate. The ad also features four New Hampshire residents speaking directly into the camera saying that they do not think Brown has New Hampshire’s best interests at heart.
While this is Shaheen’s first negative ad, it is not the first negative ad in the race. In July, Brown released television and radio ads criticizing Shaheen’s stance on immigration. Brown’s campaign called Shaheen’s ad an attempt to distract from her record on jobs, immigration and foreign policy.
“On each of those issues, Jeanne Shaheen has blindly followed the Obama agenda, which has weakened us at home and abroad. Scott Brown wants a strong America, with a strong economy and a foreign policy that once again leads the world,” Brown campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Guyton said.
Brown will face Jim Rubens and Bob Smith in the Republican primary, but neither of them have aired any television ads, positive or negative. The primary is Sept. 9.
Shaheen’s ad coincides with a new campaign from the New Hampshire Democratic Party called “Big Oil billionaires for Brown.” Through campaign initiatives and paid media, the party says it will highlight Brown’s ties to oil companies and Wall Street, two interest groups the party says Brown will support over New Hampshire families.
“New Hampshire Democrats are making sure Scott Brown gets what he deserves – a hearty endorsement by a group that he has fought for year after year – Big Oil billionaires,” party spokeswoman Julie McClain said in a statement.
NextGen Climate, environmental billionaire Tom Steyer’s super PAC, began airing an ad last week about Brown’s ties to “big oil,” and the League of Conservation voters launched an ad with a similar message earlier this year.
(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kronayne.)