Mr. Brown ranks as the third most moderate Republican member of the Senate
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#1 Nov 1, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Brown and Warren factions argue over ‘moderate’ claim
Elizabeth Warren speaks at the University of Massachusetts.(Photos/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
By Joel Senick SPECIAL TO THE TELEGRAM & GAZETTE
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Sen. Scott Brown has his wife, Gail Huff, nearby.
WASHINGTON — As he has pursued re-election this year in one of the most predominantly Democratic states in the nation, Republican Scott Brown’s voting record over his three years on Capitol Hill — and the extent to which he has or has not lined up with his party’s leadership — has been a focal point.
Both Mr. Brown and his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, have zeroed in on the issue in debates and on the campaign trail, with Ms. Warren attacking the incumbent for key votes in which he has sided with his Republican colleagues. Mr. Brown insists that he is an independent, truly moderate voice in Washington.
The issue is complicated by numerous scores and analyses that have tracked Mr. Brown’s voting record, and which each candidate has highlighted on a selective basis to buttress his or her respective arguments.
Mr. Brown has routinely pointed to a 2011 Congressional Quarterly voting analysis that found him the second most bipartisan member of the Senate.
Alleigh Marre, Brown’s campaign spokeswoman, said Mr. Brown votes in the interests of his constituents, regardless of partisan politics.
Critics have cited other statistics to contend that Mr. Brown has voted to kill progressive legislative initiatives by regularly backing the Senate GOP leadership on procedural votes.
“Scott Brown picks what he wants and Elizabeth Warren picks what she wants,” said Richard E. Cohen, a veteran journalist who has covered Congress since 1973 for publications such as National Journal and Congressional Quarterly.“It challenges voters to figure out what they make of it.”
Mr. Brown has to balance the interests of a liberal-leaning electorate back home and the increasingly conservative national party of which he is a member, according to those who study politics. If Mr. Brown wants to be an influential voice within his party, he must vote with GOP leadership on key issues, which are primarily economic, said William Crotty, a professor of political science at Northeastern University.
#3 Nov 1, 2012
...and the comments?
Conservative independent wrote:
Just to remind everyone of Warren's Marxist ideology that we are all inherently obligated to the government:
Posted on Thursday November 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM | ReplyReport abuseAgree (2)(3)
Joel Senick obviously is working for the Warren campaign. Not one word on how partisan Warren is. Regarding the record on Brown, the theme is unless he votes 100% for liberal issues, he cannot claim bi-partisanship.
Posted on Thursday November 1, 2012 at 8:02 AM | ReplyReport abuseAgree (3)(4)
And Warren won't be more partisan? A vote for Warren throws away any attempt at getting a working Senate.
Posted on Thursday November 1, 2012 at 7:37 AM | ReplyReport abuseAgree (2)(3)
#4 Nov 2, 2012
Scott Brown is a phony.
Voted against ending tax breaks for big Oil and Gas
Voted against equal pay for women
Voted against 3 Jobs bills
tell me, what makes him actually "Bipartisan" other than him saying he is?
Tell me one major issue vote he sided with Dems on that would make hi Bipartisan????
He votes on major lege with his NO Republicans, he might choose to vote with Dems on a non-issue vote just so he can claim that name!
Why would he say "Vote the person, not the Party"? What's wrong with the Republican Party?
tell us all the Major policies he's voted with Dems on that makes hi actually Bipartisan?????
#6 Nov 2, 2012
Unemployed Americans will be destitute without their unemployment benefits, and for Republicans to use them as leverage is unconscionable. Republicans though, have never been accused of having a conscience, and it is a travesty that they sacrifice unemployed people to enrich the wealthy. It is especially evil that the lost jobs were sent overseas with Republican’s blessings. President Obama tried to eliminate benefits for corporations who shipped jobs out of the country, but Republicans blocked that legislation.
#8 Nov 4, 2012
Nothing in particular wrong with either party... the thing that is wrong IMO is voting strictly with either party. Vote the issues!
I am registered as an Independant and I don't care what party one belongs to, I don't care what party introduced a particular peice of legislation.
I am going to vote for a candidate based upon what I think the candidate can do that is good for the people... all the people, not just a select few!
I vote on legislation based upon the merits of that legislation, not because a Republican introduced it.
So you might think that voting for the person, not the party is a true bipartisan way of thinking.
Saint Albans, VT
#9 Nov 6, 2012
Phoney's fifteen are up!!!
Listen, I would have been fine with him Republican or not but he was not genuine, he is a phoney and that's the problem with him
#10 Nov 6, 2012
NOT ANY MORE
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