New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown released a new ad Wednesday in which his sister talks about growing up with childhood abuse in their home.
In the 30-second spot, LeeAnn Riley, Mr. Brown's sister, says that they moved a lot as kids and their mother was married and divorced several times.
"There was physical abuse in the home, but Scott was there to protect myself and my mom," Ms. Riley says. "Nobody should have to grow up like that, but it made Scott who he is today."
Mr. Brown won the 2010 special election in Massachusetts to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, but lost the seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 election.
Since then, Mr. Brown has moved to New Hampshire and declared his bid for the GOP nomination for Senate. The winner will take on Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, in the November election.
In the new television ad, Ms. Riley says that the hard lessons of Mr. Brown's childhood made him "determined to do the right thing."
"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," she says.
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