Senate Democrats, facing mounting worries they could lose their majority, are trying to get ahead of a possible Scott Brown bid for a New Hampshire seat, targeting the former senator from Massachusetts with a new television ad.
Paid for by the Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, the 30-second spot charges Brown with voting for Wall Street’s interests during his time in the Senate from 2010 to 2012. A PAC spokesman said the ad would air for 10 days, focused mainly in the Manchester, N.H., market, on the strength of an ad buy slightly more than $150,000.
Brown struck back on Wednesday, sending out a fundraising email on behalf of the New Hampshire Republican Party, accusing Washington special interests with “rushing to Senator Shaheen’s defense and trying to prop her up by attacking me and distorting my record.”
In his email, Brown gave no direct indication of his interest in the race.
In the super PAC ad, as Brown is portrayed against a paper currency backdrop, a narrator says Brown is “shopping for a Senate seat in New Hampshire.”
“That’s good for Wall Street and great for Scott Brown, but it doesn’t make sense for New Hampshire,” the narrator intones.
Playing up Brown’s Bay State background, the spot features a Senate clerk’s voice repeatedly calling “the senator from Massachusetts.”
Brown last year sold his Wrentham home and has moved to New Hampshire and has continued publicly flirting with the prospect of challenging Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen. People close to Brown are divided on whether or not he will launch a campaign.
Brown’s return fire echoed an earlier statement from New Hampshire GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn, calling Shaheen “bought and paid for by politicians like [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid who are funding her dishonest campaign.”
In his fundraising email, Brown said that voters would “get a chance to hold her accountable and replace her with a fiscally responsible candidate. But Republicans will need to launch a vigorous campaign against the millions of dollars in special interest money that Shaheen’s Washington allies are willing to spend to protect her.”
Senate Majority PAC last year spent nearly $1.4 million in ads attacking Republican Gabriel Gomez in his Senate race against Democrat Edward J. Markey.
Brown is also scheduled to help a Massachusetts candidate raise money next week. John Chapman, a former Romney administration official, is challenging Representative William Keating. Brown is the “special guest” at a Jan. 16 fundraiser in Hyannis, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by the Globe.Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at Jim.OSullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.