, Kingston, NH

Letters to the Editor

April 3, 2014

Brown Should Take the Pledge

Brown Should Take the Pledge

After the recent town elections were over and the results were counted, we learned that Hampstead, Danville, Kingston, Atkinson, Salem, and nearly forty other NH towns passed resolutions urging Congress to craft a constitutional amendment regarding campaign finance reform. In the wake of this vote we are also learning that some candidates are willing to ignore the will of constituents and remain wedded to the corrupting influence of corporate controlled super PACs and their financial largesse.

During the 2012 cycle, many of us were thrilled to see Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren urge these outside interests to leave it to the candidates to contest the race directly instead of through wealthy surrogates. Now Brown appears to be running for a Senate seat from NH and as recently as a few weeks ago was once again touting “the people’s pledge”.

But now he has changed his mind, citing the big “head start” his opponent, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, has been able to gain in fundraising. On the surface, his claim that Shaheen wants to unfairly lock in her existing advantage seems like a legitimate complaint, but it really isn’t. Brown had the opportunity to declare his candidacy much earlier, yet he demurred, presumably because he would have shut off the substantial flow of income he derives from speaking engagements and his employment by Fox News.

All the while he was collecting those fat paychecks, friendly Super PACs, like the Koch-fueled Americans for Prosperity, were spending massive sums on TV ads to discredit Brown’s future opponent. Candidly, Brown’s whining reminds me of the dinner table of my childhood and my little brother complaining (with his mouth full) that someone else got a bigger serving of dessert.

Senator Shaheen has already said she would take the pledge. Now it is up to all of us to demand that Scott Brown pay heed to our vote on campaign spending and do his part to clean up the corrupt spending that is destroying our elections.

Andrew Weir


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