Former US Senator Scott Brown from Massachusetts is making another run for the Senate, but this time in New Hampshire. He is challenging the Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Many didn’t give Brown much of a chance of stealing Shaheen’s senate seat. On April 22, 2013, polls showed that Shaheen held a 49.5% to 36.3% lead over Brown. By January 1, 2014 she still held a 47.5% to 39.8% lead and on July 10, 2014 her lead was 52.7% to 45% over Brown.
However, since then, Shaheen’s lead has been diminishing almost on a daily basis. By September 1, 2014, margin between the Democratic incumbent and her Republican challenger was only 49.9% to 44.3%. As of October 28, 2014, the margin had drawn even closer at 47.5% to 45.4%, with only 1 week to go before the election.
Brown’s campaign has been gaining ground in the Granite State but still needed a last minute shot in the arm to help his chances of unseating Shaheen and he may have just got that boost from a most unlikely source, Democrat Bob Preston.
Preston is well known in New Hampshire as he was the Democratic leader in the state senate for a number years. In a move that has undoubtedly been a shock to Shaheen and joy for Brown, Preston has openly endorsed Brown for the US Senate seat currently held by Shaheen. In an open letter, Preston wrote:
“This coming election on November 4th is critical and an opportunity to change the direction of this country. Lack of leadership and decision making in Washington makes us look like a rudderless ship on domestic and international waters. It is time to change.
Once looked up as the strongest and most respected democracy in the world, we are now scoffed at by some world leaders.
Domestically, scandals occur in the Veterans Administration. Corruption has been uncovered in the IRS. No action has been taken to address the immigration problem. U.S. citizens forced into a health program against their wished that cost them more money as the administration walks us toward socialized medicine.
With all due respect to Senator Shaheen, she has not been able to address these problems and has gone along to get along with President Obama increasing the budget deficit until each American family is now in debt nationally in excess of $150,000.
Mrs. Shaheen served the state of New Hampshire well as state senator and governor, and I commend her for that. However, her blind allegiance to the Obama administration has resulted in the problems our nation faces today.
As a veteran, a former state senator, a businessman, and family man proud of New Hampshire and our country, I am looking for a change in leadership in Washington.
For those reasons, I urge voters to support Scott Brown for U.S. Senator on November 4th.
I believe his public service, his many years in the military, and a family person himself qualify him to be our next U.S. Senator. I sincerely believe his common sense and independence in Washington will be better for New Hampshire and our nation. I believe his leadership and decision-making will change the course of this country for the better.
I encourage citizens to get out and vote on November 4th and cast your vote for Scott Brown.”
These are scathing words for a member of his own party, but words that needed to be said. The question now is whether or not Preston’s shocking endorsement of Brown is enough to close that 2% gap and help him walk away with another Senate seat for the GOP next week? Hopefully the voters of New Hampshire will heed Preston’s words and realize the mess that the Democratic controlled Senate’s blind allegiance to Obama has made of our country.
In 2010 Brown shocked the nation and the Democrats by winning the Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy. Brown’s victory stirred up Massachusetts Democrats like a swarm of angry hornets, leading them to regain the seat in 2012. Now Brown is running for the Senate in New Hampshire and once again, this long shot may just upset the Democrat’s apple cart with yet another victory.