ICYMI: Scott Brown’s “Tortured Answer” Tries to Cover Up Opposition to Minimum Wage Increase

Brown Claims He Hasn’t Read the Four Page Bill Despite Opposing it on Fox News 
 
Phony Excuses Won’t Work in New Hampshire

Concord, NH -  New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain released the following statement on Scott Brown refusing to tell the truth to New Hampshire families about his opposition to increasing the minimum wage: 
"It’s a shame that Scott Brown opposes an increase in the minimum wage, but lacks the courage to tell New Hampshire families the truth about his position.  Phony excuses about not reading a four page bill won’t work.  Brown can’t hide the facts: he is once again standing with the Big Oil Koch Brothers and Wall Street special interests, not New Hampshire and the 110,000 people here who deserve a raise." 

In case you missed it, here’s what New Hampshire papers are reporting about Brown’s response to simple questions about increasing the minimum wage. 
Valley News: A “Tortured Answer”
 
Back in Lebanon, Brown gave a tortured answer when asked if he supports the increase of the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
 
“I have not read that particular bill, I didn’t follow the arguments on it,” Brown said. “But I have been supportive in the past, but we need to make sure everyone is at the table and it’s something that we can have a conversation about a periodic adjustment.”
 
When asked to clarify if he supports current calls to raise the minimum wage, Brown said, “I just made my position be very clear on that issue.”
 
Concord Monitor: ”I haven’t read” the Four Page Bill
 
While U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor this week in favor of increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, three of her possible Republican opponents said they would have sided with 41 senators in blocking the bill. Her fourth opponent, former U.S. senator Scott Brown, did not take a clear position. “I haven’t read the bill,” Brown said yesterday.
 
 
By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Monitor staff
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 
(Published in print: Thursday, May 1, 2014)
 
While U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor this week in favor of increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, three of her possible Republican opponents said they would have sided with 41 senators in blocking the bill. Her fourth opponent, former U.S. senator Scott Brown, did not take a clear position.
 
“I haven’t read the bill,” Brown said yesterday. “I certainly would be willing to be part of the conversation, as I have been before.”
 
Raising the minimum wage is likely to be a major election-year talking point for Democrats, and yesterday’s vote was largely symbolic. The U.S. Senate bill would have raised the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, but it didn’t cross the 60-vote threshold for passage on a vote of 54-42. U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, voted against the bill. In New Hampshire, legislation to raise the minimum wage to $9 by 2016 is expected to die in the Republican-led Senate. Republican candidates Bob Smith, Jim Rubens and Karen Testerman all said this week that they would have voted against the legislation, in part because they said it will cost jobs.
 
On the Senate floor, Shaheen said the bill would have resulted in a raise for 110,000 New Hampshire residents and lifted 10,000 people out of poverty. As governor in 1997, Shaheen signed legislation that raised the minimum wage for tipped workers and brought the state wage from $4.25 to $5.15, mandated by a raise in the federal minimum wage.
 
“Making sure workers in New Hampshire get a fair wage for an honest day’s work is something I have focused on since I was governor,” Shaheen said on the Senate floor. “We must act to raise the minimum wage to ensure that hardworking Americans have a fair shot at success.”
 
Legislation to raise the minimum wage did not come to the U.S. Senate floor while Brown served Massachusetts from 2010 to 2012. But as a state senator in Massachusetts in 2006, he voted for legislation to raise the state minimum wage to $8 by 2008 and voted to override then-Gov. Mitt Romney’s veto.
 
Brown referenced his previous support for raising the minimum wage when asked about the U.S. Senate legislation, but did not endorse or say he was against raising the wage now. He said it’s important to include job creators in discussions of raising the wage.
 
“I’ve supported a minimum wage increase before. It’s something that I think needs to be periodically reviewed, but it’s really important to make sure that everyone’s at the table, especially people who are hiring and growing,” he said. “When you throw in the extra costs of Obamacare, high costs of energy, these are all things that are dragging on businesses right now.”
 
In a statement on her vote against the bill, Ayotte referenced Congressional Budget Office estimates that show raising the minimum wage could cost 500,000 jobs.
 
“With many Granite Staters still struggling to find work, we should make it easier, not harder, for employers to create jobs and hire workers,” she said. “Washington needs to help create a better climate for job creation and restore the 40-hour work week, which has been undermined by Obamacare.”

On First Statewide Television Appearance, Brown Renews Allegiance to Big Oil and Wall Street

 
NHDP: Looks Like the Only Thing Brown is Consistent On Is His Loyalty to Out-of-State Special Interests

 
Concord, NH—Today, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown appeared on WMUR’s CloseUp in an apparent attempt to rewrite history. In fact, over the course of just fifteen minutes, Brown doubled down on his allegiance to Big Oil (7:20), misled voters on his record, and endorsed the health care law he wants to repeal.
 
“This morning, Brown proved that he is the phony that we know him to be by saying one thing when he has done another. Not to mention that he doubled down on his support for Big Oil and his questionable fundraising speaking trips for Wall Street—this is what we got from Scott Brown today in a matter of fifteen minutes,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “For someone whose Senate run is based on repealing the ACA, Scott Brown also failed to articulate an alternative on health care, but did somehow manage to endorse every key tenet of the law. Figure that out.Description: https://ci3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/8CBWEZYl_gju-O0mEKjDNw0Eh_qIbYUu1oZBKfZqOypmLO1gU9NfBBUnKK5HrwoN-VKG8iQn_PvQpZDlbxq0IwVL9dQOy_HcGJ0=s0-d-e1-ft#https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif
 
“It’s a shame that on Brown’s first statewide television appearance, he couldn’t give New Hampshire voters a single straight answer—except for that Brown would still go to bat for Big Oil, giving them millions in tax breaks while he, undoubtedly, rakes in campaign cash in return. Scott Brown has a real mess to clean up after today, because Granite State families got a chance to see his true colors.”
 
Highlights from Brown’s Appearance on WMUR’s CloseUp:
 
  • Brown denies running for President, despite reports and trips to Iowa saying otherwise (3:05).

  • Brown says women should make their own health care decisions, yet he co-sponsored the Blunt Amendment to take choices away from women and put them in the hands of their bosses (4:43).

  • Brown can’t articulate an alternative to the Affordable Care Act in any coherent fashion. But he did manage to endorse every key tenet of the law that he is set on repealing (10:38 and 11:57).

  • Brown says he won’t sign the People’s Pledge because money has already been spent in this race, but $3 million was spent in Massachusetts already when Brown came up with the People’s Pledge (12:35).

MORE Big Oil Money Pours Into New Hampshire For Scott Brown (R-Oil)

The latest attack ad assault by Americans for Prosperity, the Koch Brothers’ shady Big Oil Super PAC, brings to $2 million the total spent by Big Oil, Wall Street, and Republican special interest groups trying to buy New Hampshire’s Senate seat for Scott Brown. The Big Oil Koch Brothers alone have now spent more than $1 million in support of Brown and it’s no wonder why - Brown has a long history of voting for millions in tax breaks for Big Oil.  Now the Kochs are spending big money to get Brown back to Washington. 

Snake Oil Scott Brown Sells out NH

Scott Brown has gone from carpetbagger to snake oil salesman – and New Hampshire residents are his latest mark.

  • Scott Brown is cashing in on far-right conspiracy theories and scams – making money by sending emails promoting known hucksters and frauds.
  • In a recent email, Brown peddled the propaganda of Dr. Russell Blaylock, a well-known anti-vaccine crusader, who claims "vaccines hurt you."
  • Brown is cashing in on a medical fraud who compared the Affordable Care Act to Nazi "thinking."

Voters in Massachusetts already rejected Scott Brown’s racket, and you can be sure Granite Staters aren’t buying what he’s selling, either.

SCOTT BROWN LOVES SCOTT BROWN

Scott Brown loves talking about how great he is, but every time someone shines some light on his reckless, anti-women, pro-Big Oil and pro-Wall Street record he can’t stop whining.

  • Scott Brown voted against paycheck fairness, but thinks he can lecture New Hampshire women about the fight for equal pay.
  • Scott Brown is not for New Hampshire but thinks he can question Granite Staters ties to our state.

Scott Brown doesn’t care about New Hampshire. Scott Brown only cares about Scott Brown.

SCOTT BROWN IS ONLY FOR SCOTT BROWN

Scott Brown loves boasting about himself so much he makes up stories about phony private luncheons with kings and queens, compares himself to ‘powerful, handsome, rich people’ and was even named to the Washington insiders “A-List.”

Scott Brown is NOT for New Hampshire.

WALL STREET FOR SCOTT BROWN

Wall Street LOVES Scott Brown. They showed their appreciation by donating millions to his campaigns and making him one of the top recipients of Wall Street cash in the U.S. Senate.

Wall Street spent big to keep Scott Brown in the U.S. Senate, voting to protect their interests.

Scott Brown is for Wall Street, NOT New Hampshire.

BIG OIL FOR SCOTT BROWN

Big Oil has invested big in Scott Brown – hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, and in the last month alone, nearly $700,000 of attack ads against Jeanne Shaheen.

It’s no mystery why they love Scott Brown, as he has voted for billions in special tax breaks to protect the very largest oil corporations.

Why are the Koch Brothers dumping oil money into New Hampshire? The answer is simple: because they want Scott Brown back in the Senate, voting for big oil and energy companies.

Scott Brown is for Big Oil, NOT New Hampshire.

SCOTT BROWN FOR SCOTT BROWN

The people who knew Brown best, the voters in his home state of Massachusetts, weren’t fooled by his phony average guy promises.

Who is the real Scott Brown? We may never know. What we do know is that Scott Brown can’t be trusted to put New Hampshire first.

SCOTT BROWN FOR WALL STREET

Just months after entering the Senate, Scott Brown went to work for Wall Street, watering down much-needed reforms and getting Wall Street billions in special breaks.

Scott Brown was called one of “Wall Street’s favorites” in Congress for good reason: He fought to protect Wall Street’s interests, not Massachusetts’.

You read that right: Thanks to Scott Brown, Wall Street scored billions in special breaks.  

While in the Senate, Brown consistently worked to weaken critical financial reforms, saving Wall Street $19 billion that would have gone towards implementing a much-needed industry overhaul.

Scott Brown is for Wall Street, NOT New Hampshire.

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