Romney to Endorse Brown in Race to Unseat Shaheen
Jumping into Senate showdown at a site familiar to the onetime presidential hopeful. (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)
June 27, 2014 - 12:01 am
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will endorse Scott Brown in his campaign to unseat Sen. Jeanne Shaeen (D-N.H.).
The announcement came in the form of an email from Scott Brown to his supporters on Tuesday. In the statement, Brown said that the former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate will join him during his “Independence Day Kick-Off” campaign stop in Stratham, N.H., on July 2. The event will be held at Doug and Stella Scamman’s Bittersweet Farm. Doug Scamman is a former 13-term state representative who retired in 2010.
The farm has some significance for Romney – it’s the site where he announced his bid for the presidency in 2012.
In the email, Brown said he was proud to have received Romney’s endorsement, saying further that he was “right about so many things.”
“Together, we will rally with Republicans and those who want to make a difference in this election,” Brown wrote.
In 2012, Romney won the Republican presidential primary in the state, setting up his run at the White House. Brown endorsed Romney in that year’s presidential race.
It was the second major endorsement this week for the former Massachusetts senator. On Monday, New Hampshire State Senate President Chuck Morse (R) announced that he would back Brown in the race.
“I am confident that Scott has what it takes to unify the Republican Party and win back this Senate seat in November,” Morse said in a press release. “Shaheen is out of touch with our state, as proven through her partisan voting record and loyalty to President Obama.”
The “unity” message by Republicans in New Hampshire is quickly becoming a buzzword in the race. Last week, New Hampshire Republican Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn urged the other candidates, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith, to sign a “unity pledge,” asking that they promise to support the winner of the September Republican primary.
During a forum with the three candidates earlier this week, Smith said he suspects collusion between the GOP committee and Brown’s camp in the planning and distribution of the letter. He has maintained that signing the pledge would be “premature.”
Smith’s campaign manager, Jack Kimball, said in a statement he was “disappointed” by Romney’s endorsement of Brown but that the campaign “does not concern itself with these types of endorsements.” He said the support by conservative voters is shifting the momentum to Smith.
“He is the only candidate for the U.S. Senate that supports 100 percent of the GOP platform,” Kimball wrote. “[H]e is also the only candidate in this race that has a 98 percent voting record for conservative values while he served in Congress and the U.S. Senate.”