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February 12, 2016

Scott Brown Expected to Add Campaign Staff Next Week

Brown has formed an exploratory committee to run for Senate in New Hampshire. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott P. Brown has been touring New Hampshire relentlessly since announcing earlier this month he is moving toward a challenge to Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen — and his operation is now beginning to take shape.

A Republican source close to Brown said he will likely begin announcing full-time staff for his exploratory committee next week, with Andy Leach remaining senior adviser. A team of allies has helped Brown get a campaign off the ground, including Eric Fehrnstrom, a former Brown and Mitt Romney adviser who toured with Brown over the weekend.

Less than two weeks since entering the race, Brown is still ingratiating himself with the state he’s lived in since December. He’s fighting to prove his Granite State bonafides with an electorate largely aware of his representation of the Bay State in the Senate.

“Do I have the best credentials? Probably not. ‘Cause, you know, whatever. But I have long and strong ties to this state,” Brown told AP reporter Steve Peoples.

Shaheen, who hired spokesman Harrell Kirstein last week from the state Democratic Party, launched her first ad of the cycle Monday morning — a statewide radio ad slamming Brown for declining to join the incumbent in an effort to keep outside groups from advertising on the race. As the incumbent began that push last week, Crossroads GPS launched its first TV ad of the 2014 cycle against her.

Brown signed an identical outside-spending pledge with now-Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., during their 2012 race, which featured the most candidate spending of any Senate race that cycle.

The promise of an expensive campaign led to fundraising appeals last week on Shaheen’s behalf by fellow senators Warren and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Beyond the new radio ad, the Shaheen campaign has pushed to keep the outside-spending pledge on the front burner, including in an op-ed from the senator and memo from campaign manager Mike Vlacich. Shaheen also pushed the issue during at least one of her stops in the state last week during the Senate recess.

The sudden commotion reflects the New England state’s new position within the midterm election cycle’s competitive playing field. While Shaheen remains favored (Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates the race Democratic Favored,) Brown’s candidacy alone expanded the number of Democratic seats in play, as the GOP aims for a net gain of at least six seats to win the majority.

  • Teflarious Buggettsiahn

    After he lost to Warren, He wouldn’t run in MA to seek the Kerry seat because he didn’t want to be the junior Senator to a woman. So, he picks up and opens shop in RI. Sorry buddy, you had a chance.

  • JulianG3

    Your premise is faulty. If Scott Brown were to win in NH he would be the Junior Senator to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

  • Teflarious Buggettsiahn

    To a Democrat woman. Re read the post.

  • joebuilder

    Looking forward to the campaign office to open and get my bumper sticker. Mass’ loss will be NH’s and the country’s gain. On less entrenched liberal in office would allow this country to move forward.

  • Roberto M

    I think you meant opening shop in NH, not RI. In any case, the real reason he sat out for Kerry’s old seat was because Congressman Stephen Lynch entered the Democratic primary against Ed Markey and Brown couldn’t be sure which Dem would win that primary. Markey would’ve been an easier target to topple, but Lynch’s voters would have been the type that Brown would need in a general. Unsure of whom he would face in the general, he chose to sit out rather than risk another loss had Lynch won the primary. It didn’t turn out that way but that was a chance he chose not to take. New Hampshire’s political climate is much more to his liking and they like RINO’s like Brown up there. I am not saying he will win, probably won’t, but running against Shaheen in New Hampshire will be a much smoother endeavor than the race he ran against the fake Indian in Massachusetts.

  • Matt D.

    The 20th century was rife with examples of people voting themselves toward enslavement and thus giving up liberty via democratic processes.

  • Teflarious Buggettsiahn

    His own party won’t have him.

  • joebuilder

    You completely wrong, only the 5-10% TP element have a problem with him.

  • Teflarious Buggettsiahn

    Nope, you are. The old guard GOP intensely dislikes him. He was not in their good graces the first time around.

  • joebuilder

    Well, let’s get this straight. I’m, talking about NH and for NH this is the first time around. I don’t really care about old guard GOP out of state.

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