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Brown to air new ad in which sister tells of childhood struggles

LeeAnn Riley

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LeeAnn Riley spoke in an ad for Scott Brown.

Scott Brown unveiled a new campaign television advertisement this afternoon narrated by his sister LeeAnn Riley that outlines the struggles they faced as kids.

“We moved a lot. Our mom was married and divorced many times. There was physical abuse in the home, but Scott was there to protect myself and my mom,” Riley says in the 30-second spot, which includes pictures of them as kids.

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Riley vouches for Brown’s character, saying he is determined to do the right thing.

“When people ask me what kind of man he is, I tell them, ‘He’ll be there for you, like he has been for me’,” Riley says as the ad ends.

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The new ad follows an earlier biographical spot, which emphasized the former Massachusetts senator’s New Hampshire roots.

The new ad is set to begin airing Thursday on WMUR-TV, WBIN-TV and New Hampshire cable television, according to Brown’s campaign manager, Colin Reed.

Brown, a Republican who hopes to unseat Democratic US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, is competing with former state senator Jim Rubens and former US senator Bob Smith for the Granite State GOP nomination.

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Shaheen, for her part, has focused her television spots on tangible benefits she says has brought to New Hampshire residents.

The primary election in the race is Sept. 9 and the general election is Nov. 4.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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