Monthly Archives: July 2011

Scott Brown’s Activities: July 2-29, 2011

It’s important for Massachusetts voters to be informed about Scott Brown’s voting record, policy positions, and political activities.  I will send out an occasional newsletter and blog post,  “Keeping Tabs on Scott Brown.”  The newsletter reports only facts, does not editorialize, and provides links to additional information.  Please feel free to forward it to friends, family and other interested people.  My hope is that Massachusetts voters will have the facts about Brown so they can make an informed decision during the next election.   If you want to contact Brown directly, his phone # is 202 -224-4543.  His official website is http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/    You must type this address into the URL yourself.   If you simply click it, you will be directed to a campaign site.  On his official site, you must fill out a contact form.  No direct e-mail address is given.

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Christine Ridout, cridout123@gmail.com

Editorial Note:  For those of you who have followed this blog, you know that I don’t editorialize.  This time, however, I would like to make a comment:  in the last 6 months, I have been struck by how little there is to report on Brown.  He has done little that is substantive in any direction, conservative, liberal or moderate.  All the news about Brown is political–how much money he has raised, his standing in the polls, and potential Democratic challengers.  Even the conservative Boston Herald has commented on this:  “Brown rarely takes a strong position.  He tends to wait until the final hours of a debate before disclosing his views.   He rarely grants in-depth interviews on substantive subjects.”  (See below)

POLITICS

Elizabeth Warren and a 2012 Challenge to Brown.    Name-calling suggests why the financial industry and Republican Party fear the prospect of a Senator Warren.   http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/07/29/the_case_for_elizabeth_warren_for_senator/?s_campaign=8315

Look out Scott.  Elizabeth Warren has friend$ in high places.  Scott Brown must be shaking in his boots.  http://news.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view/2011_0724look_out_scott_challenger_has_friend_in_high_places/srvc=home&position=0

Brown uses “Cut, Cap, and Balance” vote in fundraiser. 
Brown’s vote  was criticized by Democrats eager to align him as a party-line Republican, but Brown used the vote to help solicit campaign donations. Brown’s finance director sent an email to Brown’s supporters asking for $20.12 .   http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/07/brown-uses-cut-cap-and-balance-vote-fundraiser/ZSNqQKU9jboZpRxZpdLYpJ/index.html

Brown Taps Wall Street For Cash In Advance Of Possible Elizabeth Warren Challenge. 
Opposed to Warren, the financial industry is throwing its support behind Brown giving him nearly $315,000 in the most recent fundraising quarter.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/21/scott-brown_n_906132.html

Poll:  Brown’s popularity soars.  According to a poll by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Brown’s favorability rating now stands at 62 percent.   http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/2011_0719poll_sen_scott_browns_popularity_soars/srvc=home&position=recent

Brown sticks with reticence on proposals
Rarely takes a strong position.  Brown tends to wait until the final hours of a debate before disclosing his views.   He rarely grants in-depth interviews on substantive subjects.   Reporters typically are provided a few brief moments for questions when he walks out of the Senate chamber after a vote and heads for a Capitol exit.   http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2011/07/28/brown_sticks_with_strategy_of_reticence_on_specifics_of_debt_deal/?s_campaign=8315

No town hall meetings yet from Brown.  Brown has never held a public town hall meeting to take questions from Massachusetts residents.  http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20110708no_town_hall_meetings_yet_from_sen_scott_brown/

Brown has $9.6 million in the bank to campaign and is a frontrunner in a wide field of possible opponents in 2012.
  http://easton-ma.patch.com/articles/question-of-the-day-scott-brown


BUDGET CRISIS

Debt limit talks a big challenge for Brown.   Brown has a huge leadership opportunity if he were to break ranks with his ideologically rigid Republican colleagues and call for a balanced solution to our debt problem.  Brown could prove that he actually is the common-sense leader he claims to be, and put the country’s interests over narrow political interests. Brown was fond of saying during the campaign that he was running for “the people’s seat.” But before it was the people’s seat, it was Ted Kennedy’s seat, and voters could expect Sen. Kennedy to put politics aside at times like these and lead. Brown tends to wait until an issue is settled, then pick the “winning” side and vote accordingly. The dire consequences of a U.S. default demand much more from Brown this time.   http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view/2011_0718debt_limit_talks_a_bigchallenge_for_brown/

Democrats pounce on Scott Brown for backing  ‘Cut, Cap’ plan.    Democrats slammed Brown for backing a plan to raise the amount the nation can borrow but only if Congress supports a constitutional balanced budget amendment and slashes federal spending.  Brown said his support of the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan was “symbolic,” but Dems pounced on the measure’s heavy Tea Party support.  http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/2011_0723dems_pounce_on_brown_for_backing_cut_cap_plan/


SUPPORT FOR LGBT YOUTH

Brown  was the only member of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation absent from the “It Gets Better” video supporting LGBTQ youth.   Brown voted against the repeal of  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell before he voted for it. Brown was invited to view the video but snubbed the rest of the delegation.    http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/it-gets-better-scott-brown-snubs-massachusetts-congressional-igb-video/politics/2011/07/28/24505

Opinion Piece:  What did Brown think  he would gain by declining to take part in the latest “It Gets Better” video.   Aimed at gay and lesbian teenagers, this effort features every member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation except Brown, whose office issued a statement that he’s too busy creating jobs and stuff.   http://www.dankennedy.net/2011/07/28/why-did-scott-brown-sit-out-it-gets-better-video/

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