Scott Brown takes break from daughter's wedding to raise cash

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With just over 70 days left until the election, New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown’s campaign will pause for no man — or wedding.

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Brown is taking time out of his daughter Ayla’s wedding celebrations in Tennessee later this month to raise money for his challenge to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), according to an invitation obtained by The Hill.

Ayla Brown, per her personal wedding site at TheKnot.com, will marry fiancee Keith Weiser at their home just outside of Nashville, Tenn. on Aug. 30.

On the eve of his daughter’s wedding, Brown has a luncheon fundraiser scheduled at a downtown Nashville restaurant, where donations range from $5,200 to $1,000 for individual attendees.

Though the event was billed with Tennessee GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker as co-chairmen, the two won’t be in attendance due to scheduling conflicts, according to the invite.

Brown’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the fundraiser.

The former Massachusetts senator is skilled at mixing the personal and the political: Brown’s campaign shared details of his other daughter’s wedding last month with reporters, and at the time he tweeted a picture of himself and his wife on their own wedding day with congratulations to Arianna Brown.

Brown has not shied away from sharing details of his personal life with the public as he works to introduce himself to New Hampshire voters and build some of the goodwill that helped him make his failed bid for reelection in Massachusetts competitive.

Polls have shown he’s facing a popularity problem as he heads into the final stretch of his primary fight.

Still, if he’s nominated he’s considered a formidable challenger for Shaheen, in part due to his prolific fundraising abilities — and his willingness to take time out from personal plans to raise money may be one reason why he raised a strong $2.3 million last quarter.

The out-of-state fundraiser is, however, sure to provide Democrats fodder for attacks. The New Hampshire Democratic Party recently slammed Brown for a planned trip to California in October, one month before Election Day, to give what’s likely a paid speech.

New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain said that trip was evidence he “has figured out how to use his Senate bid to personally profit, and he's most definitely not putting New Hampshire first.”

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