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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is in Maine, not New Hampshire
Last we heard, Scott "Boston" Brown was mulling a bid for U.S. Senate from New Hampshire despite having just sought reelection to the Senate from Massachusetts. According to Brown, New Hampshire is "like a second home" in part because "I was born at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard."

But as David Jarman of Daily Kos Elections noticed, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is not actually in New Hampshire. Despite carrying the Portsmouth name, the shipyard is actually in Kittery, Maine. New Hampshire's state legislature has previously laid claim to the shipyard's territory, but the courts have made it clear: The shipyard is in Maine.

Presumably, Brown would respond to these cartographical facts by puffing up his New Hampshire pride and talking about how he's always felt like a New Hampshirite at heart because his sister lives there, but the real question that this raises is whether Boston Brown is still an appropriate nickname given that he was not born in Massachusetts.

Personally, I'm sticking with Boston Brown for reasons I explain below. But as Brian Valco—who coined Calgary Cruz—suggested, perhaps he should be henceforth dubbed Bangor Brown in light of his newly discovered Maine heritage.

The logic of Bangor Brown is solid, and I absolutely love the way it sounds—but I'm not sold. For me, the trump (no pun intended!) card is that when the Union was formed, Maine was part of Massachusetts. That means by the laws of teabaggery originalism, Scott Brown was born in Massachusetts. Plus, the original tea party was in Boston. So, Boston Brown it is—as far as I'm concerned. But opinions may differ.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 10:23 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.


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