Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) wants former-Sen. Scott Brown to sign the so-called “People’s Pledge,” which would limit the influence of third party spending groups in the 2014 campaign.
“I have signed and attached two copies of an agreement with the exact same terms for the New Hampshire 2014 Senate race,” Shaheen said in a letter to Brown, according to The Hill. “I hope you will join me in once again committing to the same People’s Pledge you signed in Massachusetts and limiting the influence of outside groups in New Hampshire this year.”
But skeptical political observers could be forgiven for thinking Shaheen’s challenge is a trap.
After all, this is the same politician who uttered the “Lie of the Year” when she said, “Now, under the current legislation, everyone will have the freedom to keep their health care plan if they like it.”
She also promised that Granite Staters will get to keep their doctors. “The health care plan we are working on in Congress will let people keep their doctor and their insurance plan if they like it, expand coverage options for people that need it, and stabilize costs for families, businesses and our economy,” she said.
But now she says patients will be able to keep their doctors, but only if they’re willing to “pay more”:
And let’s not forget, as governor Shaheen famously reversed her position on the Tax Pledge and ended up pushing for a state sales tax.
It’s not altogether clear what Sen. Shaheen’s signature on a pledge, any kind of pledge, would mean. In fact it seems very likely that she would do the exact opposite of whatever she is pledging.