Brown: Warren 'would have no pull' if elected on Nov. 6
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#1 Oct 24, 2012
Brown: Warren 'would have no pull' if elected on Nov. 6
By Chris Camire, ccamire@sentinelandenterprise. com and Sarah Favot [email protected] erprise.com
Posted: 10/23/2012 06:35:31 AM EDT
SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / BOB WHITAKER Sen. Scott Brown speaks at the Billerica Senior Center. LOWELL -- U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has distanced himself from national Republicans, but on Monday he said his party affiliation benefits Massachusetts by giving him access to powerful GOP leaders in the House of Representatives.
Brown, a Republican from Wrentham, argued his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren will have no pull with House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, if she is elected on Nov. 6.
"Who are you going to have in the delegation to call Boehner and say,'Oh, by the way, that intersection we're trying to work on here in Lowell, can you make sure that that's in the authorization bill?'" said Brown. "It's not going to be Professor Warren. They're going to say,'Yeah right, thank you.'"
Brown laid out his argument during a morning meeting with editors and reporters of the Sentinel & Enterprise in Lowell.
Asked to cite examples in which he has reached out to Boehner to advocate for Massachusetts, Brown listed his opposition to defunding Planned Parenthood and his support of extending the payroll tax cut.
Last December, Brown was the first Republican to call for extending the 2 percent payroll tax cut for a full year without paying for it. Boehner ultimately abandoned his demand that the extension be paid for with $100 billion in cuts.
Brown described his dealings with Boehner's office as "chief of staff" to "chief of staff." He added: "I'm not out golfing with him, that's for sure."
A spokeswoman for Warren warned
a Brown victory could give control of the U.S. Senate to Republicans, allowing conservatives to set the agenda in both the House and Senate for at least the next two years.
"A Republican Congress will continue to try to hold the president's agenda hostage and lavish favors on billionaires, big oil and Wall Street," wrote Alethea Harney in an email. "Brown's support of the Republican agenda hurts middle-class families across Massachusetts."
Brown spent much of the interview touting his bipartisan and moderate votes. He heaped praise on fellow Massachusetts U.S. Sen. John Kerry, a Democrat, saying the two often discuss policy issues during long bike rides and while working out in the gym.
Kerry has endorsed Warren, but he has shied away from criticizing Brown's political record, a move Brown said he "appreciated." If President Barack Obama is re-elected, Brown said Kerry would make "a good choice" for secretary of state.
With recent polls showing Obama with a 15-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in Massachusetts, Brown said he must convince Obama supporters to vote for him in order to win re-election. Brown said some Democrats have told him they would like to support his candidacy, but that they can't bring themselves to cross party lines.
"I just tell them to vote for the president and leaves ours blank," said Brown. "A lot of times they say,'Yeah, we will.' It's frustrating, but on the other hand, we have a lot of Democrats who say,'Yeah, I'm a Democrat my whole life. I've never voted for a Republican, but you've got my vote.'"
Brown said his support is strongest in the Cape and islands, Norfolk County, the Merrimack Valley, Springfield, Worcester, Fall River and New Bedford. He also said he hopes to win Worcester and either defeat or tie Warren in the North End, South Boston, West Boston and East Boston.
#2 Oct 24, 2012
While in Lowell on Monday, Brown received two endorsements from the city's police unions -- the Lowell Police Patrolmen's Association and the executive board of the Lowell Police Superior Officer's Association.
The 165-member patrolmen's union gave unanimous support to Brown, President Dennis Moriarty said. The superior officer's union's nine-member executive board voted to support Brown, President Tom Fleming said.
Fleming said the full membership did not have a chance to meet to vote as an entire union. Both union presidents cited Brown's bi-partisan votes as the reason for giving their endorsements.
"It's unbelievable. It's an honor," said Brown. "I won Lowell last time and with their help I'm going to win by a larger margin this time."
Later in the day, Brown was scheduled to campaign in Billerica with Republican state Rep. Marc Lombardo, who represents the 22nd Middlesex District.
Brown also received the endorsement of Laurie Myers, president of Community VOICES, a leading state victims' advocacy organization based in Chelmsford. Myers said that while Brown was a state senator, he offered his office as a place for "victims" to calm down after testifying at the Statehouse.
"It really bothers me that there's somebody out there saying,'You know what? You need to pick me because I'm the person that will advocate for these laws on behalf of women,' when Scott has been doing that for most of his career," said Myers.
Follow Chris Camire and Sarah Favot on Twitter @camirereports,@sarahfavot.
Copyright 2012 Sentinel & Enterprise. All rights reserved.
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#3 Oct 24, 2012
Well Brown, HAVE YOU GONE TO BOENER and requested ANYTHING for LOWELL MASS??? NO, NO and NO,you continue your double talk BS.
For one Boener is the MOST inept leader of Congress in US history.
Instead of rolling up his sleeves during our nations worst recession/depression in its history Boener and his cohorts/Brown vaction and DO NOTHING butwork on their tans!!!!!
Boener has the LOWEST APPROVAL RATING IN HISTORY!
#4 Oct 24, 2012
Mrs.Myers what is next to come out of Browns mouth?
Is he going to state that the reason he posed NAKED in playgirl is because he was raped as a child?
Brown is the Obstructionist Republicans pivot man as they pick and choose bills that they cannot successfully obstruct from passing for Brown to support in Democratic Massachusetts.
Open your eyes!
Brown does nothing but exploit! Going to a world war two veterans house to thank him on video?? Come on, this is as crafty as Ray Flynn grabbing a fire exstinguisher in downtown Boston to save the day!!!
Scott Brown is all about photo ops which he began modeling in playgirl. Last time it was his pickup truck and worn jeans, come on!!!
Facts are facts!!! Scott Brown voted with the REPUBLICANS IN OBSTRUCTING the Presidents efforts to rebuild Americas strength!
And YES, Scott Brown voted alongside the Corporate Communist foot soldiers/Republican obstructionist.
Elizabeth Warren will lead the Congress in working hard for the interests of all hard working Americans.
#5 Oct 24, 2012
Well it seems that Boehner himself may not even be in charge Brown!!!! The sentinel left this fact out of their promotion of Brown!!
"Boehner's Low Approval Rating Could Hurt Republicans In 2012
First Posted: 08/10/11 06:31 PM ET Updated: 10/10/11 06:12 AM ET
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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) approval numbers have dropped significantly since taking on his leadership position at the beginning of 2011, according to a poll released Wednesday.
In the survey conducted by Public Policy Polling for DailyKos.com and the Service Employees International Union, 28 percent of respondents approved of Boehner, while 52 percent disapproved.
These numbers are sharply lower than his approval ratings from earlier this year, according to PPP's polls. According to PPP, Boehner began 2011 with 35 percent of voters approving of him and 28 percent disapproving.
The 2010 midterm elections saw Republican candidates from across the country running against then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democratic-controlled Congress. Republicans were rewarded with a net gain of 65 seats, which relegated Pelosi to Minority Leader.
Now House Speaker John Boehner has numbers that are on par with Pelosi's, according to PPP, which could help Democrats as they attempt to shift the balance of power in the House of Representatives again. In their survey, PPP found that 31 percent approved of Pelosi and 55 percent disapproved.
A recent CNN poll found a similar slide in the speaker's approval ratings. In that survey, 33 percent of voters approved of Boehner, and 40 percent disapproved, down from 43 percent approval and 33 percent disapproval in July. The same poll had Nancy Pelosi with a 31 percent approval rating and 51 percent disapproval.
The PPP poll also found the Democratic Party with a 7 point lead on the generic congressional ballot, 47 percent to Republicans' 40 percent. PPP has asked this generic ballot question 11 times going back to March of this year and the Democratic Party has come out on top in every survey.
The CNN poll found that only 41 percent of voters believe their representative deserves reelection, with 49 percent saying they do not deserve reelection.
This could all indicate another "anti-incumbent" wave similar to what happened in 2010. While the Democratic Party, still in control of the Senate and the White House, would suffer at the polls, it is likely the Republican Party would as well.
Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, says the survey's findings suggest that the Democrats have a chance at retaking the House next year.
"It's early -- but it looks very plausible that we could be back to Speaker Pelosi 17 months from now."
#6 Oct 24, 2012
I like you and what you have to say. Some people like that naugty editor should learn from you. The keys to saving this nation are more unbiased people like you, puppet shows and magical bunny rabbits who live in black top hats.
#7 Oct 24, 2012
Ya,okay georgie! So is it just that you dont like a black guy as president?
#8 Oct 25, 2012
Why would you say that? I'm not like that. Would it bother you if your wife used to have sex with black men before she married you?
#9 Oct 25, 2012
Ya know, I believe that most of the people who don't want to see Obama re-elected feel that way because he did such an awful job during his first term and that shows he likely won't be able to do anything more if he were to get another four years.
Sure, there are some ignorant people we call racist that dislike him because he is black, bu he is only half black. Remember, he is also half white!
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