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Pro-Rubens PAC attacks Scott Brown's record in New Hampshire Senate primary


CONCORD, New Hampshire — A political action committee backing Republican Jim Rubens' U.S. Senate campaign in New Hampshire has created a website attacking one of his primary opponents, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.

The New Hampshire PAC to Save America on Tuesday posted Consultant Mike Dennehy says it will show how Brown is vulnerable on the same issues he's used to criticize Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. For example, it highlights a Congressional Quarterly analysis concluding that Brown voted with President Barack Obama 78 percent of the time in 2012.

"The bottom line is, who's the real Scott Brown? Scott Brown should either stand up and defend his record or explain why he has changed on so many positions that are of critical importance to Republican voters," Dennehy said.

The website includes an illustrated image of Brown in the style of the "HOPE" poster that became a fixture in Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Toward the bottom is a photo of Rubens, a former state senator, with the words: "How about a little authenticity?"

Dennehy said the website won't be the group's only anti-Brown effort, but there are no immediate plans for television ads. He declined to discuss details, including how much money the PAC will spend on direct mail or other media.

Brown's campaign declined to comment.

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith also is seeking the GOP nomination. Responding to the PAC website, his campaign manager said Tuesday that Rubens is not resonating with the GOP base and should drop out.

"Mr. Dennehy knows that Sen. Smith is the only Constitutional Conservative in the race and that our campaign is on fire," Jack Kimball said.

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