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Brown Campaign Calls Anti-Shaheen Ad Featuring Slain NH Journalist ‘Inappropriate’

A spokesperson for the Scott Brown campaign told Boston.com that the use of an image of slain journalist James Foley in an attack ad on New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen was “inappropriate.’’

The 16-second ad, which calls for the senator to “stop ignoring our border crisis,’’ depicts Foley moments before the N.H. native was beheaded by ISIS militants in August.

“While radical Islamists threaten to attack America and millions cross our border undetected, President Obama and Senator Shaheen have done nothing,’’ the video then states. “Call now and tell Senator Shaheen to stop ignoring our border crisis.’’

The “Secure the Border’’ ads have been created to target three other senators and one congressman, all Democrats, by the PAC Secure America Now.


Shaheen said in a statement: “This is a disgraceful ad that dishonors the memory of a respected journalist and New Hampshire native. It hurts all who loved and knew Jim, and the people behind this ad owe the Foley family an apology.’’

The Shaheen campaign also noted that the Foley family has objected to the use of James’ image in advertisements in the past. Images of the journalist were recently removed from anti-Islamic ads displayed on the sides of buses in New York City.

Secure America Now did not immediately respond to request for comment.


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