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September 08, 2008

The tax attack against Shaheen

Republicans are going back to their tried-and-tested playbook in New Hampshire, attacking Democratic Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen for supporting higher taxes as governor.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is up with a substantial ad buy, portraying Shaheen as a tax-and-spend liberal. The ad is airing on broadcast television in the Boston media market and on New Hampshire's lone broadcast affiliate.

“As governor, Shaheen signed the first statewide property tax. Then she proposed a sales tax – a big tax increase for low and middle-income families,” a narrator said in the ad. “Piling it high and deep. In Washington, she’d fit right in.”

The attack is a familiar one for Shaheen, who was relentlessly attacked over her support of a statewide sales tax in her 2002 campaign against now-Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.).

The Shaheen campaign issued a rebuttal, arguing that New Hampshire’s tax burden was the lowest in the country when she was governor and she helped create 66,000 new jobs during her tenure.