Paul Giorgio: For Scott Brown, it’s Strike Three
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The first article that grabbed my attention was from Politico an online website dedicated to politics. In an interview Brown made the following outrageous claim: "They keep running these negative ads and crushing my integrity and distorting my votes and the like – almost antagonizing me, challenging me to get in. Had they left me alone, I may feel a bit different. But they didn't."
A case of delusion
The former two-year Senator from Massachusetts and now resident of New Hampshire must be delusional. He is the one who moved to New Hampshire, he is the one who is making the rounds of the rubber chicken circuit and he is the one who is telling anyone who would listen that he is considering a run for the Senate in New Hampshire.
After all of this, he then feigns shock when the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and other outside groups start running ads attacking him and driving up his negatives.
So now he is saying that he may run because he is being attacked, regardless of the fact that he invited those attacks.
I once said that Scott Brown was nothing more than Sarah Palin in a Barn Jacket. I recant that statement and apologize to Palin, who appears to be Brown’s intellectual superior.
Another story, appeared this past Monday when erstwhile Republican columnist Holly Robichaud, writing in her Boston Herald column said the following:” Enough already. Time’s up! Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown owes an answer to the New Hampshire Republican Party on whether he is going to run against incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.”
New Hampshire politics
The Party in New Hampshire brought this on themselves. They thought they could entice Brown to run, thus making the race against Shaheen a marquee Senate fight. It’s just not going to happen.
Here is my prediction, Brown does not run, because he can’t afford to lose again and loose he would. Brown may not be the sharpest tool in the box but he’s smart enough to know that loosing would hurt his brand and cost him his big money gig with the Fox network.
The third story on the Shaheen/Brown race was a Suffolk University Poll released last week. In that poll, Shaheen was beating Brown by 52 to 39 percent or 13 percentage points. The only other person more unpopular than Brown in New Hampshire is President Barak Obama. The Suffolk Poll asked people to use one word to describe Scott Brown. The words most associated with him were carpetbagger and Massachusetts. Not the best description if you ask me.
Scott Brown’s problems run deep with the voters of New Hampshire. Problems that even he realizes he can’t overcome. He has made a rookie mistake – he has allowed the opposition to define him, before he could tell his story to the voters.
The wrong man for the job
Brown is nothing more than a peacock, who fluffs his feathers and puffs himself up. These are not the qualities that the people of New Hampshire are looking for in a United States Senator. Most Republicans in the Granite State still personify the taciturn old Yankee stereotype.
Because of this puffery, the Democrats are very likely to hold on to the New Hampshire Senate seat and deny the Republicans control of the Senate. In the end, if the Democrats hold the Senate by winning again in New Hampshire, they need to give credit to Brown, whose ego was bigger than his brain.
Paul Giorgio is a longtime Democratic Party Activist who has worked on numerous campaigns. He was a Lead Advance Person for President Clinton & Vice President Gore. He was Deputy Director of Special Events for President Clinton’s first Inauguration. He has been elected a delegate to numerous Democratic National Conventions and recently served as one of President Obama’s representatives on the Platform Committee. In 2013 he was chosen as a Presidential Elector. He is the President of Pagio, Inc., publishers of Pulse Magazine, Vitality Magazine and Worcester Medicine.
Related Slideshow: New England Communities With the Most Political Clout 2013
The Sunlight Foundation, in conjunction with Azavea, released data maps this week showing political contribution dollars to federal elections dating back to 1990 -- by county.
GoLocal takes a look at the counties in New England that had the highest per-capita contributions in the 2012 election cycle -- and talked with experts about what that meant for those areas in New Engand, as well as the candidates.
24. Cheshire County, NH
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $9.88
Total contributions: $759,209
Cheshire is one of the five original counties in New Hampshire and was founded in 1771. The highest point in Cheshire County is located at the top of Mount Monadnock, which was made famous by the poets Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
21. Hampshire County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $10.41
Total contributions: $1,664,077
Hampshire County has a total area of 545 square miles and is located in the middle of Massachusetts. Hampshire County is also the only county to be surrounded in all directions by other Massachusetts counties.
20. Barnstable County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $10.90
Total contributions: $2,348,541
Barnstable County was founded in 1685 and has three national protected areas. Cape Cod National Seashore is the most famous protected area within Barnstable County and brings in a high amount of tourists every year.
19. Berkshire County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $12.49
Total contributions: $1,624,400
Berkshire County is located on the western side of Massachusetts and borders three different neighboring states. Originally the Mahican Native American Tribe inhabited Berkshire County up until the English settlers arrived and bought the land in 1724.
18. Essex County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $13.22
Total contributions: $9,991,201
Essex is located in the northeastern part of Massachusetts and contains towns such as Salem, Lynn, and Andover. Essex was founded in 1643 and because of Essex historical background, the whole county has been designated as the Essex National Heritage Area.
15. Addison County, VT
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $15.49
Total contributions: $569,299
Located on the west side of Vermont, Addison County has a total area of 808 square miles. Addison's largest town is Middlebury, where the Community College of Vermont and Middlebury College are located.
11. Bristol County, RI
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $20.91
Total contributions: $1,027,472
Bristol County has a population of 49,144 and is the third smallest county in the United States. Bristol County was originally apart of Massachusetts, but was transferred to Rhode Island in 1746.
10. Grafton County, NH
Contributions, per capita, 2012 :$20.95
Total contributions: $1,868,739
With a population of 89,181, Grafton County is the second largest county in New Hampshire. Home of New Hampshire’s only national forest, White Mountain National Forest takes up about half of Grafton’s total area
7. Middlesex County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $32.81
Total contributions: $50,432,154
Middlesex County has a population of 1,503,085 and has been ranked as the most populous county in New England. The county government was abolished in 1997, but the county boundaries still exists for court jurisdictions and other administrative purposes.
6. Nantucket County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $33.41
Total contributions: $344,021
Nantucket County consists of a couple of small islands and is a major tourist destination in Massachusetts. Normally Nantucket has a population of 10,298, but during the summer months the population can reach up to 50,000.
4. Dukes County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $36.32
Total contributions: $618,960
Consisting of Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands, Dukes County is one of Massachusetts’ top vacation spots. Originally Dukes County was apart New York, however it was transferred to Massachusetts on October 7, 1691.
3. Suffolk County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $40.73
Total contributions: $30,323,537
Suffolk County has a population of 744,426 and contains Massachusetts’s largest city, Boston. Although Suffolk’s county government was abolished in the late 1900’s, it still remains as a geographic area.
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