A series of emails shared exclusively with Breitbart News by sources within the Scott Brown campaign and the curious timing of a coming Nashua Telegraph story may cause some to wonder if Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) isn’t outsourcing her campaign’s opposition research function to the Nashua Telegraph newspaper.
On the very same day most everyone is acknowledging the big story out of New Hampshire is that Scott Brown has turned what was a double-digit gap with Jeanne Shaheen into a virtual dead heat, Managing editor for content at The Telegraph and Editor of PolitiFact NH Jonathan Van Fleet opted to share this not yet bit of news via his Twitter feed.
Editing one last @Klandrigan story for @NashuaTelegraph Sunday paper about @SenScottBrown profiting from company that moves jobs to China.
— Jonathan Van Fleet (@Telegraph_JonVF) August 22, 2014
It seems worth noting that most publications are reluctant to tip off their competition to the stories they’re about to break. Furthermore, this one seems tailor made to say, not so fast, on the very day the headlines have Brown pulling even with Shaheen.
Additionally, the journalist in question, Kevin Landrigan, is no longer even employed by the Telegraph. According to news reports, he was laid off on the 12th of August. So, why is this apparent non-story that wasn’t published two weeks ago suddenly going to be one of the Nashua Telegraph’s Sunday’s finest?
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The emails obtained by Breitbart News would appear to indicate the journalist in question had little to no interest in hearing about Jeanne Shaheen’s hypocrisy as regards outsourcing, nor is it clear he was interested in the Brown campaign’s response to his questions.
From: Kevin Landrigan
Date: Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM
Subject: Re: Shaheen record on outsourcing
To: Colin Reed Kevin Landrigan
got this thanks
already been through her record in senate and all I’ve seen is doctrinaire ie support for partisan, senate dem moves to close offshore tax loopholes etc. if you’ve seen anything different that slipped through my sieve, i’m all ears.
What Kevin Landrigan ‘got’ was this detail on Jeanne Shaheen’s own outsourcing problems, as well as a detailed response regarding the Brown-linked company, Kadant. How much, if any, of these exchanges makes it into the Telegraph’s non-story remains to be seen. Neither Kevin Landrigan, nor editor Jonathan Van Fleet responded to Breitbart News’ request for comment on the curious timing of both Van Fleet’s Tweet and presumed publication of now ex-Telegraph reporter Kevin Landrigan’s story.
SHAHEEN AND OUTSOURCING
While Shaheen Was Governor, A Portion Of New Hampshire’s Food Stamp Program Was Outsourced To India
In The “Late 1990’s” New Hampshire And Six Other States Entered Into A Contract With Citibank To Administer Their Food Stamp Programs. “In the late 1990’s seven Northeastern states brokered a deal designed to modernize their outdated and expensive food stamp systems. But the agreement ended up with some of the work being shipped to India. … The six New England states and New York signed a contract with Citibank that let the company administer a new food stamp program in which beneficiaries buy food with a debit card.” (Tim McCahill, “States Respond To Outsourced Jobs,” The Associated Press, 3/24/04)
Shaheen Became Governor In 1997. (Congressional Quarterly, Accessed 3/31/14)
In 2004, It Was Disclosed Some Of The Work Had Been Subcontracted To A Firm In India. “Citibank subcontracted some of the telephone work to a Wisconsin company, which later contracted with an Indian firm. Officials in some of the states said they were aware that work was being performed outside the country, but others said they were not.” (Tim McCahill, “States Respond To Outsourced Jobs,” The Associated Press, 3/24/04)
A New Hampshire Official Confirmed The State Had Known Since 2001. “Scott Kosowicz, who oversees the debit card program for New Hampshire, said the state has known Citibank was outsourcing the jobs since December 2001. He said the state monitors the calls monthly to ensure participants in the program are getting the help they need.” (Tim McCahill, “States Respond To Outsourced Jobs,” The Associated Press, 3/24/04)
Shaheen Was Governor In 2001. (Congressional Quarterly, Accessed 3/31/14)
Below is another exchange between Landrigan and the Brown campaign involving a detailed response from Kadant. For now, it remains unclear how much of this will make it into the Telegraph’s story given the lack of a response to a request for comment. It’s best read as a series of questions and responses in an exchange between journalist Landrigan and Kadant Executive Vice President and CFO Thomas M. O’Brien.