Already trailing Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in every major poll, Scott Brown’s bid to return to the US Senate via New Hampshire has run into trouble due to some shady business associations.
The Boston Globe reported:
Republican Scott Brown abruptly resigned Wednesday from an obscure Florida company and gave up stock initially valued at $1.3 million after facing a barrage of questions about his role as a “senior adviser,” a controversy that had dogged his US Senate campaign in New Hampshire.
Brown’s resignation from the advisory board of Global Digital Solutions Inc. was announced about two hours after a news media event in the state’s capital designed to highlight his official entry into the race. He was repeatedly challenged by reporters in Concord seeking answers about what he had done to earn the stock grant, and whether he had scrutinized the company before lending it his name.
Video of reporters asking Brown about Global Digital Solutions:
Brown has not filed a financial disclosure form, and never adequately answered what he did to earn the $1.3 million in stock. Global Digital Solutions is a company with red flags all over it. They were a beauty supply company in New Jersey, who became a wireless data firm in California. The company produces no products and has no revenue or physical office space.
At best, Brown used poor judgment. At worst, he knowingly got involved with a business that looks like a fly by night operation. Either way, the association raised numerous questions about his character and decision making that aren’t going to go away anytime soon.
It isn’t a coincidence that Scott Brown postponed filing his financial disclosure forms until one month before the New Hampshire Republican primary. As time goes by, it is becoming apparent that Scott Brown’s 2010 Massachusetts Senate special election win was more about the terrible campaign that was run by Democrat Martha Coakley than the strength of Scott Brown.
Republicans thought Brown could flip the New Hampshire seat and be a part of giving them control of the Senate, but it appears that Brown’s stumbling campaign may lead to another defeat for the GOP.