Scott Brown's latest step stirs the pot
Scott Brown, during the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua on Friday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
"There are a couple of issues I need to get straight with him," he said. "The Second Amendment is a big thing."
Brown, the former Massachusetts senator turned Granite Stater, launched his exploratory committee Friday. He was scheduled to visit six New Hampshire towns Saturday. In that listening tour, dubbed "Main Streets & Living Rooms," he planned to field questions from would-be supporters, like Chevalier.
Yet, Republicans looking to challenge Shaheen think she is vulnerable, said Steve Duprey, a Republican national committeeman for New Hampshire.
The GOP contest is very much about Shaheen because of her support of the Affordable Care Act and President Obama, according to Duprey. He said Brown's interest is great for the race.
And Dante Scala, a professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, said Brown's entry into the race would make Shaheen more vulnerable to losing her seat in the Senate.
It has already contributed to big ad buys targeting Shaheen and Brown. American Crossroads is planning a $650,000 buy targeting Shaheen this week.
Shaheen on Saturday sent Brown a letter asking him to sign the "People's Pledge," similar to what he and Elizabeth Warren pledged in their Massachusetts race in 2012, to limit spending influence by outside groups, including corporations and Super PACS.
Mike Vlacich, Shaheen's campaign manager, said Republican interest groups have already spent $1.5 million on attack ads in the state this election cycle.
Scala said sees a couple of interesting story lines coming out of this Republican primary. Fundraising prowess and the impact of the grassroots are two things to watch, he said.
"There's nothing that unifies a party like the prospect of winning a major race," he said. "For all the hoopla about Scott Brown, this election is ultimately about Jeanne Shaheen."
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