WASHINGTON — Todd Ricketts SuperPac is jumping into the 2014 New Hampshire Senate race, with the Wilmette businessman and Chicago Cubs board member Ending Spending unleashing an ad blasting Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and encouraging former GOP Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown to make a Granite State bid.
Ricketts is the CEO of Ending Spending, one of the nation’s largest conservative political action committees and its allied nonprofit advocacy arm.
The spot pivots off of President Barack Obama’s now discredited claim that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” And it may well be the first of many ads in the 2014 contests to jam Democrats who echoed Obama’s false assertion.
The New Hampshire ad features video of Shaheen saying “You can keep your insurance if you like it. It will increase choices for families. It will promote competition.”
It ends, next November, “if you like your senator, you can keep her. If not, you know what to do.”
Ending Spending is also pushing a draft to convince Brown, who has a vacation home in New Hampashire, to jump in the 2014 GOP New Hampshire contest. Brown lost a re-election bid to Sen. Elizabeth Warren D-Mass.
Shaheen, quick to try to make a positive over a negative, shot out a fund-raising appeal writing, “the right-wing Super PACs are desperate to take back the Senate – and they know that to do that they must win in New Hampshire.”