Oct 20, 2014 8:00 AM
First on NH1: New Shaheen ad on energy rebuts new Brown spot
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD - A cold front blew through New Hampshire this weekend, just as energy prices were trying to take center stage in the Granite State's crucial U.S. Senate battle.
NH1 has learned that the campaign of Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen will unveil a new television commercial Monday that charges that her Republican challenger Scott Brown "gave the big oil companies billions in special breaks."
The 30-second spot's release comes as Brown went up with a TV ad that alleges that Shaheen "voted to pave the way for a new tax on energy."
Shaheen's new commercial is part of a larger energy push that her campaign says it's launching this week.
"Is Scott Brown really for New Hampshire now?" asks the narrator in the Shaheen ad.
"Brown gave the big oil companies billions in special breaks, but there are no big oil companies here in New Hampshire and we got higher energy prices. Brown saved Wall Street $19 billion, but voted against our Main Street small businesses. And Brown gave millions to companies that outsource jobs. We need jobs for people here. Scott Brown changed his address but he's still working for the big guys, not us," adds the narrator.
The "changed his address" line is another attempt by the Shaheen campaign to portray Brown as a carpetbagger. Brown served in the Massachusetts legislature and then represented the Bay State for three years in the U.S. Senate before moving north late last year to New Hampshire, where he spent part of his childhood, and where he long owned a vacation home. In April Brown formally launched a challenge against Shaheen, who's a former Granite State governor.
The ad also continues the Shaheen campaign theme of labeling Brown as pro-big oil and pro-Wall Street, and it includes the "outsourcing" charge that a recent TV spot by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee highlighted.
The Shaheen campaign says the ad will run statewide on WBIN, WMUR, and cable.
"The only thing worse than Senator Shaheen's record of voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time is her record voting against America's small businesses 100 percent of the time," said Brown Commutations Director Elizabeth Guyton, in response to the new Shaheen ad.
Brown spot on new energy tax
The commercial comes as the Brown campaign began airing a 15-second spot that zeroes in a 2013 vote by Shaheen that it says would have "created a fund into which revenues raised from a new tax on carbon would be deposited and spent."
"For New Hampshire making ends meet is getting harder to do. And Jeanne Shaheen? She voted to pave the way for a new tax on energy. Jeanne Shaheen, standing with Obama not New Hampshire," says the narrator in the spot.
The Shaheen campaign fired back, calling the new Brown spot "dishonest"
"Independent fact checkers have already discredited Scott Brown's attack, and this is just further proof that Scott Brown is only out for himself, not New Hampshire," said Shaheen campaign communications director Harrell Kirstein.
The back and forth over energy comes after a couple of weeks in which Shaheen had been criticizing Brown over women's issues such as abortion and female reproductive rights, and Brown was criticizing President Obama over the federal government's efforts to stem the advance of the Ebola virus in the U.S., and linking Shaheen to the unpopular President.
The new ads also come as Shaheen and Brown will face off this week in their first two televised debates, including an NH1/CNN showdown on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The latest NH1 Poll by New England College indicated Brown at 48% and Shaheen at 47% among likely Granite State voters. The most recent WMUR/Granite State Poll by the University of New Hampshire indicated Shaheen with a 47%-41% advantage over Brown.
The Shaheen-Brown showdown is one of a dozen Senate contests nationwide that could determine whether the Democrats retain control of the chamber following the Midterm elections. Democrats currently control the Senate 55-45 (43 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs next month. And half of the seats they are defending are in red or purple states like New Hampshire.