Sununu: Scott Brown Not a Carpetbagger, He Was ‘Born Virtually’ in New Hampshire


Scott Brown (R-Various), the former senator from Massachusetts now trying to unseat the current senator from New Hampshire, has found a new ally in his bid to escape the carpetbagger label: ex-New Hampshire Governor and former Romney surrogate John Sununu (R), who told Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody that Brown was “born virtually” in the Granite State, and that incumbent Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was the “third Senator from Massachusetts.”

Quoting Moody directly, as he nails it:

“We just gotta remind people that he’s coming back to his roots,” former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu told me after the Portsmouth rally…To him, it is Shaheen, not Brown, who’s the real outsider.

“She votes with Elizabeth Warren. She votes with [Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed] Markey. She is the third senator from Massachusetts,” Sununu told supporters at the Portsmouth rally before introducing Brown. “Scott’s happiest days as a young man were in New Hampshire. …So it’s going to be great to have a senator that was born virtually in the state of New Hampshire. Jean Shaheen, by the way, was born in Missouri!”

Did you catch how Sununu cleverly described Brown as “virtually born” in New Hampshire? He was actually born in Maine, which for Brown’s campaign is close enough for government work and has the great advantage of being closer than Missouri and not being Massachusetts. It is also rather audacious to paint Shaheen as a “senator from Massachusetts,” since Brown quite literally was, and very much wanted to remain, a senator from Massachusetts.

[h/t Yahoo! News]

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