Brown Shrugs Off Warren Calling Him Underdog In NH

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown tells the Herald that he is unfazed by his erstwhile foe U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Granite State prognosticating.

Warren gave Brown poor odds when asked about the rampant speculation that he is gearing up to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

“That’s kind of up to him,” Warren told the Herald yesterday when asked for her thoughts on a potential New Hampshire run by Brown, whom she beat in Massachusetts in 2012.

“I think that Jeanne Shaheen is a terrific senator, and I think she would be a very tough candidate for anyone to beat.”

Brown, in a brief statement to the Herald, said of Warren, “What she says has no bearing on any of my decisions.”

A poll released last week by Public Policy Polling showed Brown behind Shaheen, a one-term senator, by just 3 percentage points, 46 to 43 percent. That represents a shrinking of a 4-point gap between the two prior to the rollout of Obamacare, a program Shaheen has defended.

The week prior, the Senate Majority PAC, a group of Democratic strategists, launched $160,000 worth of attack ads portraying Brown as beholden to Wall Street interests and “shopping for a Senate seat in New Hampshire.”

National GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said Warren’s praise for Shaheen is reflective of a Democratic Party nervous about a number of Senate seats nationwide.

“Basically, it’s an understood memo to all Democrats to speak as glowingly as possible about those who are up in 2014 to make sure they can protect as many seats as possible,” O’Connell said.

Read more from Jack Encarnacao at The Boston Herald

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