Did Scott Brown Just Forget What State He’s Running In Again?

New Hampshire US Senate candidate Scott Brown spoke about the “Massachusetts delegation” in a radio interview.
New Hampshire US Senate candidate Scott Brown spoke about the “Massachusetts delegation” in a radio interview.
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Scott Brown should probably just take Massachusetts out of his vocabulary entirely. In an interview on Boston Herald Radio, Brown, the former Massachusetts senator turned New Hampshire candidate, seemed to mention his disagreements with the “Massachusetts delegation.”

About a minute and a half into the video, Brown gets to talking about his immigration policies. “That’s a big difference between [N.H.] Senator Shaheen and me and many other people – the Massachusetts delegation and Senator Shaheen in particular and the President,” he said. Only one issue: Brown is running for the Senate in New Hampshire after moving there last year.

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It’s not exactly clear in the audio whether Brown says “you Massachusetts delegation,” as Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot insists. That would make this all a big misunderstanding.

Still, several outlets pounced at the mention of Massachusetts, including The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.

In December, Brown referenced Massachusetts instead of New Hampshire, and awkwardly tried to stop himself midsentence. “What I’ve heard from the Republicans up here is they’re thankful that I’ve been around for a year, helping them raise money, helping them raise awareness as to the issues that are affecting not only people here in Massachusett—uh, in New Hampshire, but also Massachusetts, obviously,” Brown said.

Brown’s decision to move from Massachusetts to New Hampshire has been a favored criticism of Democratic opponents. An anti-Brown political ad last month simply featured pro-Massachusetts soundbites from Brown.

An NBC News/Marist poll on Wednesday found him down eight percentage points to his opponent, incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.