EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 28, 2012

Editorial: Brown is an independent voice for Massachusetts

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — If one could pick up the Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren Senate race and drop it in virtually any other state in the nation, it wouldn’t even be close. Brown would be winning going away.

But, this being Massachusetts, some polls show the Democrat Warren with a lead over the incumbent Republican Brown.

In Massachusetts, a Democrat can get away with a multitude of sins — such as claiming in academic references to be a Native American without any proof of that ancestry, or purporting to have represented the interests of workers while serving as attorney for a big insurer involved in asbestos litigation, or suggesting that a married man with two daughters is a dangerous enemy of women. One could even get away with plagiarizing recipes for a cookbook.

In Massachusetts, some folks will believe just about anything — if it comes from a Democrat.

Fortunately, there are also many in Massachusetts who are tired of being bamboozled, hoodwinked and harangued by this state’s Democratic leaders. They’re tired of having their pockets picked for one Democratic cause after another. They’re sick of being told by their “betters” to pipe down and know their place. They’re tired of one-party rule in the state where democracy was born.

We’re tired of it, too. We hope Massachusetts residents will join us in supporting Scott Brown for U.S. Senate.

Brown, against all expectations, was elected in a January 2010 special election following the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy. Since then, Democrats have been desperate to return the seat to the party’s fold.

Brown, in his two years-plus in Washington has been an effective senator and has served the interests of Bay State residents well. He has been driven not by ideology but by a desire to do what he believes is right for the citizens of his state. An elected representative has no higher duty, and Brown has performed it honorably.

While Brown has shown courage and independence in breaking from the Republican party line, Warren can be expected to vote with Democrats virtually 100 percent of the time. We need a senator in Washington, not an automaton.

It didn’t take Brown long in Washington to notice that politicians rake in a lot of money trading in stocks and other financial instruments whose value is influenced by the legislation they enact. Funny how that happens despite the blind trusts and conflict of interest laws that are supposed to inhibit legislators from growing wealthy during their time in office.

So Brown took action, crafting legislation to end insider trading by members and employees of Congress. President Obama signed the bill into law in April.

Contrary to his opponent’s ludicrous claims that he is a bad choice for women, Brown has been consistently supportive of legislation supporting women and protecting their rights. Brown broke with most Republicans to support the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act and to oppose the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Brown is pro-choice and has called on Republican leaders to be more inclusive on abortion rights.

On jobs and the economy, the issues that matter most in this election, Brown is consistently correct. Brown opposes higher taxes, arguing that government spends the money it already collects poorly. He recognizes that lower taxes create the environment needs to promote business growth.

Brown knows that the economy is still hampered by fear and uncertainty.

“We’re not in a recovery. You know it and I know it,” he said in a recent meeting with The Eagle-Tribune’s editorial board.

Brown’s plan to get the economy moving again includes approving the Keystone pipeline and other energy projects in a push toward American energy independence, passing a balanced budget amendment, killing the medical device tax that could cost thousands of jobs in Massachusetts and cracking down on unfair trade practices by China.

Brown has been an effective, bipartisan senator in his short time in office. Let’s send his independent voice back to Washington to serve Massachusetts for a full term.