As he works to introduce himself to New Hampshire voters, Republican Scott Brown is releasing an emotional new television ad featuring his sister talking about the abuse they endured together as children.
“I’m LeeAnn Riley,” Brown’s sister says in the ad, shared first with The Daily Caller on Wednesday. “I live in Portsmouth. And Scott Brown is my older brother.”
Continuing, Riley describes their childhood: “We moved a lot. Our mom was married and divorced many times. There was physical abuse in the home. But Scott was there to protect myself and my mom.”
The ad ends with Riley saying of her brother: “When people ask me what kind of man he is, I tell them he’ll be there for you like he has been for me.”
Brown, the former Massachusetts senator, is challenging New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for her seat this year.
The 30-second “LeeAnn” spot starts running Thursday on WMUR, WBIN and NH cable, according to the Brown campaign.
Brown wrote about the hardship of his childhood in his 2011 memoir, “Against All Odds.”
“I look back on my life now, though, and I can honestly say that there isn’t one thing I would change: not the arrest, not the violence, not the hunger, not the beatings and the brute struggles, not even cleaning up someone else’s vomit in the stairwell of my dorm at Tufts for $10 in quick cash from the resident adviser because I had no money for extra food,” Brown wrote in that book.
“I wouldn’t change my decision to pose for Cosmopolitan magazine, which helped to pay my way through law school, forced me to grow up even more quickly, ultimately led me to meet my wife, and also slowly led my father back toward me.”