As Scott Brown nears Senate bid, a look back at fact checks
By Jonathan Van Fleet
Published on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 5:06 p.m.
Without making it "officially" official, Scott Brown dropped a big clue in the "will-he or won’t-he" guessing game over his potential run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.
At a GOP conference in Nashua, N.H., Brown announced that he was forming a committee to explore running for the seat held by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.
Both Brown and Shaheen are no strangers to the Truth-o-Meter.
Brown recently sold his home in Massachusetts and moved to Rye and touted his New Hampshire roots, claiming he was "Ninth generation from New Hampshire." We rated that claim Half True.
Brown has been checked a total of five times. His introduction to the Truth-o-Meter came in the form of a Pants on Fire rating four years ago. He had claimed that the stimulus bill "didn’t create one new job."
Shaheen, a first-term incumbent, has faced the Truth-o-Meter a total of five times. She was first checked in July, 2010, when she claimed that "for every dollar we put in unemployment, it pays back about $1.60." The statement earned a rating of Half-True.
More recently, she has come under GOP fire for her votes supporting the Affordable Care Act.
Another Republican in the race to unseat Shaheen, ex-State Sen. Jim Rubens, said Shaheen was the "deciding vote to pass Obamacare." That claim received a Mostly-False.
Recent polls show Shaheen leading Brown in a head-to-head matchup, but Brown looks to be the most serious GOP contender Shaheen would have to face in her quest for reelection.
GOP political observers say Brown getting in the race could make the race one of the top 10 Senate contests in the nation.
Rubens, former Sen. Bob Smith, conservative activist Karen Testerman and Manchester’s Andy Martin have already announced they will seek the GOP nomination.
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