Oct 21, 2014 5:00 AM
Paul Steinhauser - First on NH1: New Democratic ad criticizes Brown on outsourcing
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD - Call it a multi-pronged attack on Scott Brown over outsourcing.
NH1 has learned that the leading pro-Democratic outside group in the battle for the Senate will start running a TV commercial in New Hampshire starting Tuesday that portrays the Granite State's GOP Senate nominee as a backer of companies that outsource jobs overseas.
"In the Senate Brown voted for huge tax breaks for companies that moved American jobs overseas. After losing his Senate seat Brown pocked over $250,000 from a company that outsources U.S. jobs to China and Mexico, and even personally endorsed their outsourcing policy. Scott Brown, delivering for Beijing and himself," says the narrator in a new spot from the Senate Majority PAC.
Brown, a former senator from Massachusetts, late last year moved to New Hampshire, where he spent parts of his childhood and long owned a vacation home. In April he launched a Republican challenge against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a former Granite State governor.
This is the second month in a row that the group has gone up with a TV ad attacking Brown over outsourcing. And it comes one day after the Shaheen campaign launched a new commercial that also criticizes Brown over outsourcing. And last week the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Senate Democrats' campaign arm, also went up with a new spot in the Granite State that highlights the outsourcing criticism.
The Senate Majority PAC says it will spend nearly $400,000 to run their new ad for a week on TV in New Hampshire.
Responding last month to the charges of outsourcing, Brown said that Shaheen was the only candidate in the Granite State race to engage in outsourcing.
"We had a food stamp program, that actually outsourced jobs to India," Brown said on the campaign trail, referring to a 2001 contract then-Gov. Shaheen approved. Brown added that Shaheen was in charge "and she did nothing about it."
The Shaheen campaign pushed back, saying that Shaheen's administration did attempt to stop the outsourcing.
Energy prices in the spotlight
The new Senate Majority PAC ad comes as the Brown campaign went up with a web video that highlights media reports of rising electricity prices in New Hampshire and criticizes Shaheen for failing to lower energy prices for Granite State families.
The video 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 Shaheen campaign also responded to the Brown spot with a new ad - first reported by NH1 on Monday - that charges that Brown "gave the big oil companies billions in special breaks."