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Which town is Brown’s town?

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Scott Brown’s New Hampshire Senate campaign sent a news release Wednesday questioning why Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) wasn’t appearing with President Obama while he was “in town.”

But Obama was in Worcester, Mass., about 50 miles from the New Hampshire border.  The president will then be raising money in Boston for Senate Democrats.

Brown’s hometown is Wakefield, Mass. And for one term, he served the state as its U.S. senator. He moved to neighboring New Hampshire to run for office this year against Shaheen. When your aim is to endear yourself to a new constituency, suggesting that your old and new states are one and the same (it’s all New England, we guess) may not be politically wise.

When asked what constitutes as “in town,” as the headline of the news release states, Brown campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Guyton noted that the statement itself clarified that Obama was “in New England.” Guyton reiterated that Shaheen “wasn’t there, even though the money raised at the event will be used to prop up her race.”

The Senate is in session this week and had votes scheduled Wednesday on a health-care bill for veterans and student loans. Shaheen also attended the state delegation’s 5th annual New Hampshire reception on Capitol Hill in the evening.


This isn’t the first time we’ve had a little fun with Brown’s state swapping. In March, we reported Brown’s fundraising for Massachusetts pols. And in April, we reported that with all the address changing, Brown’s campaign forgot to pick a party when it filed his original exploratory committee form with the Federal Election Commission.

In other Brown news, the Boston Globe reported that a New Hampshire-based former poet laureate and children’s book writer penned a poem in the Concord Monitor summing up the Democrats’ attacks on Brown in one three-line poem:

Get out of town,

You featherheaded carpetbagging Wall St. clown,

Scott Brown!

Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.

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