Shaheen hits Brown on outside money in first campaign ad
In the first ad buy of her re-election campaign, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is again hitting Scott Brown on his refusal to sign a pledge limiting outside money in their potential match-up. Brown’s resistance to signing the “People’s Pledge” has been a key talking point for Shaheen, and one that’s unlikely to go away if Brown continues to hold his position if he officially enters the race.
“Jeanne Shaheen signed. Tell Scott Brown to sign. It was the right thing to do in Massachusetts, and it’s the right thing to do here. New Hampshire deserves a clean election, too,” an announcer says.
The radio ad will run across New Hampshire and Boston stations that come into southern New Hampshire. Shaheen’s campaign would not comment on the price of the ad, only to say it was a five-figure buy. Brown first proposed the pledge in his 2012 race against Elizabeth Warren. Shaheen’s ad uses an audio clip of Brown speaking about the benefits of the pledge in one of his 2012 campaign ads.
“You’ve probably heard about the super PACs that have been created to influence elections, usually with negative ads. So I did something about it in my own race. I proposed and signed a pledge to stop third-party groups from coming into our state,” he said.
Brown, for his part, has called Shaheen’s focus on the pledge a political game. Shaheen was in California fundraising during the weekend that she asked Brown to sign the pledge. “The horse has left the barn,” he said last week. “I’m not signing it. I have no intention of signing it.”
(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kronayne.)