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Dave Solomon has been a reporter or editor for New England news organizations since 1977. He has served as executive editor of both the Portsmouth Herald and the Nashua Telegraph. He joined the reporting staff of the New Hampshire Union Leader in 2012.

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FRIDAY, MAY 3: "DESPERADO." The New Hampshire Democratic Party is turning the old Eagles classic, "Desperado," into background music for a new web ad targeting -- you guessed it -- Scott Brown.

The ad's release comes as Brown is scheduled to make his third visit to the state since mid-April tonight as the keynote speaker at the Cheshire County Lincoln Day Dinner at the Keene Country Club at 7 p.m.

Brown, who has a vacation home and Rye and relatives who live in the state, has still not ruled out establishing residency here and running against Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen as she bids for reelection next year.

The new web ad, which can be found on the party's web site, NHDP.org, has the classic Eagles tune "Desperado" playing as it keys on a Brown video clip in which he says he's "disappointed I'm not there" in Washington.

The nearly two-minute ad then charges that Brown is so "desperate to get back to Washington" to "side with 'Big Oil'" and the like that he's willing to "turn his back on Massachusetts" and is "claiming he's from New Hampshire."

It goes on with a variety of criticisms on tax, equal pay and jobs issues.

The ad also points out that in the Public Policy Polling survey released last week 54 percent of Granite Staters said Brown should not run for the U.S. Senate in the state and he trailed Shaheen in a matchup 52 to 41 percent.

NHDP spokesman Harrell Kirstein emailed, "The people who know Scott Brown's record of standing up for Wall Street instead of Main Street best rejected him last fall, and New Hampshire wouldn't be any different. Brown co-sponsored the Blunt Amendment, which allowed employers to deny women preventive care options under the company plan, voted against equal pay for equal work, and supported Paul Ryan's budget that turns Medicare to a voucher program and would cost seniors $6,400 a year to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest. Those aren't New Hampshire values."

(For earlier Granite Status reports, click on "Granite Status" above.)


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