January 19, 2010

PSSST...IT'S TED KENNEDY'S SEAT, NOT THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION:

Why Conservatives Are in Denial About Scott Brown, Secret Liberal: If the man who might be Massachusetts' new senator has a big-government agenda that surprises you, just wait until you read this shock and awe from the big-government haters helping him steal Ted Kennedy's seat — and the health care bill — out from under the Democrats (John H. Richardson, 1/19/10, Esquire)

Is the Tea Party selling its soul already? In Massachusetts today, the same people who rallied so angrily against mandatory government health care are going to the polls... to vote for a guy who supports mandatory government health care — a guy described by The American Conservative as "a classic moderate Massachusetts Republican."

Isn't that what the tea partiers are against?


MORE:
Senate Candidate Scott Brown (Claire Suddath, 1/19/10, TIME)

• A triathlete, Brown enjoys bicycling, swimming and long-distance running but has cut back on his 5 a.m. workouts to devote more time to the Senate race.

• Was first elected to political office in 1992 when he became assessor in Wrentham, Mass. In 1998, he was elected to Massachusetts' state house of representatives.

• Won a March 2004 special election to replace Cheryl Jacques in the Massachusetts state Senate. Won re-election in November 2004, then again in 2006 and 2008. Is one of only five Republicans in the 40-member state Senate.

• Has worked to tighten sex offender laws and increase sexual abuse victims' rights.

• Is pro-choice but has the endorsement of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life, who believe he would vote for a pro-life Supreme Court judge.

• Is against gay marriage but favors civil unions. In 2001, Brown referred to then-state Senator Cheryl Jacques' decision to have children with her female partner as "not normal" and referred to her role as a parent as "alleged family responsibilities." He later apologized.

• Was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for "meritorious service in homeland security" after the 9/11 attacks.

• In 2007, Brown visited King Philip High School to discuss the topic of gay marriage legislation. Students had posted insulting comments about Brown and his family on Facebook. At the meeting, Brown read the profanity-laced comments aloud and identified some of the students who wrote them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2010 2:53 PM
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