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Merrimack Valley

January 17, 2010

Politics without borders: NH residents work on Bay State campaign

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But the move could backfire: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokeswoman Deirdre Murphy questioned the legality of the ads in a statement last week, saying it is illegal for a Senate candidate to form a "527" issues advocacy group and run ads for other candidates. A spokesman for the group did not respond to a request for comment.

Jeff Hatch, chairman of the Salem Republican Committee, said Friday he and a group of Republican activists were going to North Andover yesterday to make phone calls for the Brown campaign. He said he was supporting Brown as a fellow Republican, and for his views on health care and national security.

Hatch said New Hampshire Republicans were already feeling energetic after winning several recent special elections and the mayoral race in Manchester.

"If Scott Brown wins the Senate race in Massachusetts, that's going to be the shot that was heard around the world," he said.

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