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Endorsement For Senate: Scott Brown

October 29, 2012

During this campaign season, voters have been subjected to a seemingly never-ending stream of numbers: polls, electoral college projections, unemployment rates, tax plans, spending cuts, favorability ratings, and the list goes on.

In the race for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, there are really only two numbers that voters should keep in mind when going to the ballot box: 53 and 21.

The first number is the percent of the time, since January 2011, that Scott Brown has voted with Democrats in the U.S. Senate, according to an exhaustive analysis by Bloomberg Government. The analysis found that Brown was the second-most bipartisan member of the Senate. It is one of several vote analyses conducted by independent groups that consistently find Brown among the most moderate members of Congress.

The latter is the number of current and former Democratic political office holders who have enthusiastically endorsed Senator Brown for re-election this year. The impressive list includes current state legislators, former mayors, and a bunch of former senators and representatives from various regions of the state. That complements an equally awe-inspiring list of prominent Democrats, most of whom backed his opponent Martha Coakley in the 2010 special election, who have contributed to and raised money for Brown’s campaign this year.

At a time of intense gridlock and partisanship in Washington, those two numbers offer by far the most compelling reason for re-electing Senator Brown on November 6.

Brown’s opponent, Elizabeth Warren, has an extraordinary resume and a fascinating life story. Her respectable work establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is helping consumers as the nation limps out of the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Warren and her supporters have sought to portray Brown as a right-wing zealot who will be the crucial vote in the Senate to impose a radical obstructionist agenda.

But as much as Warren seeks to make this election a referendum on Brown, he has done nothing over the past three years in office to make him unworthy of re-election. Numbers tell the story. He has been the compromising moderate that Massachusetts citizens should expect their senator to be.

More importantly, Warren has not been endorsed by any Republicans, can not name a single issue on which she supports Republicans, and has unabashedly vowed to support the Democratic Party’s policies if elected. Bipartisanship is not a word that comes to mind when thinking of her advocacy and work during the past several years.

For many people in one of the most liberal states in the nation like Massachusetts, her platform might sound appealing. But for the state’s independents, who make up over half of the electorate, Warren’s message should be a big turnoff.

If Congress is locked in partisan gridlock, Warren has provided little evidence to suggest she will improve the conditions. In contrast, Brown’s willingness to break with his party to support critical issues that benefit his constituents is precisely what Washington needs more of. There is no reason to expect that in another term Brown would ever turn his back on compromise and moderation. He owes nothing to Republican Party leadership and in fact knows he has more to gain by having leaders of both parties fear his independence.

Brown’s voting record speaks of a senator who is not only bipartisan but also strongly supports issues Massachusetts citizens care about. There is something for everyone, from both political parties, in his record.

On economic policies, one of Brown’s first votes in the U.S. Senate was to support the Democrats’ HIRE Act, and he also supported a payroll tax cut. He has voted more than 50 times in favor of bills intended to boost job creation, including 24 times when he broke with the majority of Republicans. Brown supports President Obama’s plan to create more green energy jobs, and has even co-sponsored a bill to extend the Production Tax Credit for wind energy that even Mitt Romney opposes. Brown was also one of only three Republican senators to vote for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

When it comes to women’s issues, Warren’s repeated attacks are false on their face. Brown supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and would have been one of the few Republicans in Congress to support it if he had been in the Senate at the time of its passage. He is pro-choice and supports Roe v. Wade. He broke with his party to support abolishing a law that female members of the military who are victims of rape must pay for their abortions at military facilities, and again broke with his party to support the Violence against Women Act.

From wind energy to fair pay for women, these are all issues that Warren supports as well. That makes it all the more sad that Warren has run her campaign on tearing down Brown’s record.

On fiscal policies and on tackling the staggering national debt, Brown wants to balance the federal budget, just as almost every state is required to do. He fundamentally believes that the federal government’s biggest problem is its spending, and believes that raising taxes to generate a minimal amount of revenue is only going to propel the government’s spending addiction. If that position makes him an uncompromising partisan in the eyes of Democrats, it is no more uncompromising than Warren’s unwillingness to consider entitlement reform as part of a deficit reduction plan.

This election offers a stark contrast between a senator who has a proven record of moderation in a capital that has become famous these past two years for intense conflict and extremism, and a candidate who has run her campaign on firing up her own party’s base to carry her to victory on President Obama’s coattails. Warren has worked hard to paint Brown as someone he is not. The fact is that Brown will put Massachusetts first, ahead of party ideology.

We need Senator Brown now, more than ever, in Washington.

See you at the polls on November 6.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. John Sullivan permalink
    October 29, 2012 1:57 PM

    I have been for him, but recently, on a personal note, he has shown me that he does not deserve my support, i will not be voting for either him or the other phoney, the blonde indian.. from john sullivan

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