Pundits may be calling the idea of former Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown running for office in New Hampshire "stupid," but Democrats are using the talk to raise money for their incumbent in the Granite State, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
"Last night, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown said he is 'not going to rule out' running against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire –- and is planning multiple trips to the state in the coming weeks," said a fundraising appeal sent out Friday afternoon by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). "You read that right: A billionaire-backed Republican from Massachusetts who voted against equal pay and critical job-creation bills wants to take on Jeanne Shaheen -– a tremendous champion for our progressive values."
Gillibrand has made it a big part of her business to back other women in higher office, creating her own Off The Sidelines group that is like a mini EMILY's List.
And Brown, so recently bested in a contest against another woman -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) -- is apparently irresistible bait for Democratic political cash.
"Brown raised $37 million in 2012 and spent it on partisan negative attacks against Elizabeth Warren. If he enters this race, Jeanne will immediately become the top target of Karl Rove and the Tea Party Super PACs," Gillibrand wrote.
Gillibrand's pitch is part of a "Granitebomb" that aims to raise $100,000 by Monday.