US Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has endorsed Scott Brown’s bid to unseat her Democratic colleague, Jeanne Shaheen. Ayotte has introduced him at rallies. And now, the Republican is singing Brown’s praises to a wider universe of voters in a new TV spot from the Brown campaign.
“You know, I’m the mother of a 9-year-old and a 6-year-old, and I want a better future,” Ayotte says in the low-key 30-second ad.
“I support Scott Brown because he’s for fiscal responsibility, accountable government, and finally a health care plan that works for all of us. He will give everything he’s got for New Hampshire,” she says in the spot.
Ayotte, following common practice among Senate colleagues, doesn’t attack Shaheen in the ad, instead focusing on talking about the country’s large debt and “Obamacare.”
A Brown spokeswoman said the air will start airing today on WMUR, WBIN, and cable TV stations in New Hampshire.
Brown faces a GOP primary on Sept. 9, including candidates who have staked out positions to the former Massachusetts senator’s right. The new ad could help boost him among conservative voters with whom Ayotte is popular.
Ayotte, a former state attorney general, won her first US Senate race in 2010, riding that year’s tea party wave to a massive victory over then New Hampshire congressman Paul Hodes.
Shaheen, a former governor and state senator, won her first term in the Senate in 2008. The race for her reelection is considered among those that could determine whether Republicans take control of the Senate.
The GOP has to pick up a net of six seats in this year’s midterm elections to gain control of the chamber.