Skip to comments.New senator's brother encouraged to run here (Scott Brown's CT brother to run for US Senate?)
Posted on 01/27/2010 10:53:28 AM PST by Uncledave
BY ANDREW LARSON REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
WOLCOTT It happened in Massachusetts. Could it happen here?
In light of last week's election of Scott P. Brown, a little-known Republican state senator, to fill the U.S. Senate seat held for decades by the late Edward Kennedy, that's a question GOP leaders and political hopefuls in Connecticut want to answer in the affirmative.
No one has pondered the question as deeply as Brown's younger brother, Wolcott resident Bruce W. Browne, 43. Browne, who declined to say why he spells his last name differently, may try to follow his brother's lead.
Last Tuesday, Republicans and unaffiliated voters turned out in droves to support the elder Brown in his quest for a U.S. Senate seat in a state seen as an ironclad Democratic stronghold.
"It's a great win for the Republican Party, but it's everyone's seat," Browne said in an interview Tuesday. "It's the state of Massachusetts' seat."
Browne, who is seven years younger than the new senator, said his brother's strengths are his likeable personality and his down-to-earth character.
"It's all about talking to people and listening to people talk," Browne said. "That's exactly what my brother did. He went to every town in the state and said, 'How are things?'"
Politics aside, Browne said that if he runs he would run as an independent-minded candidate. He wouldn't support Republican policies solely for the sake of party unity, he said, sitting next to unaffiliated Mayor Thomas G. Dunn.
Does he have any experience in government and/or administration? What’s his background?
Not mentioned in the story. Bruce owns a local alarm company, nice family, boy scout troop leader.
If a normal guy like this gets in the race vs. a polished slimy attorney general (Blumenthal aka “BlumenDodd”) it could be a very interesting race.
“The machine” putting out attack ads against regular guys would look bad.
I would love to see professional politicians ousted by regular, normal citizens.
There was an expanded piece in today’s print edition of the Waterbury Republican that I read. It did not mention any prior govt experience. He was described as a small business owner and family man.
Did you ever wonder if a person who has no experience in government or administration, but has real life experiences might just serve us all better?
He better make up his mind soon considering he will be in the running along with Republican candidates Linda McMahon, Rob Simmons and Peter Schiff.
Exactly, especially for a legislative position.
Is a solid Republican candidate good? Yes.
Is the habit of looking for family members of winners to run for other offices good? No.
They need to broaden the field to include as many realistic and reliable Republican candidates as possible. Running over to the nearest family members of candidates and office holders smacks of wanting to create dynasties. A “Kennedy Seat” should not seem to be replaced by a Republican dynasty.
Good for Mr. Brown winning the Senate Seat. But it should prevent anyone in his family from being considered.
Simmons is a retread and has no shot vs. Blumenthal
Schiff is the best of the the lot, but he's been completely icogneto.
I know nothing about Bruce Browne [sic] or how he could handle a campaign, but he could be an interesting out-of-the-box shake-up. It would have a sizzling media angle for sure, bringing in a lot of new interest to the race that a Schiff or Simmons will not get.
I think it’s very possible - especially somebody without the taint of being in government before. On the other hand, administrative performance might be handy as it would include business people who understand everything that goes into meeting a payroll.
Sounds like a good guy. I would rather have a family man, alarm company owner and boy scout leader then professional politicials we have.
Sure. And maybe they can get Martha Cokley’s second cousin to run on the Democrat side.
I like Schiff. His financial speeches are on the net and a recent one he gave to investors in Chicago at hotel was great. He is a sharp guy.
I'm not aware the Browns have amassed some huge Kennedy or Bush sized fortune and had huge political tentacles going back generations.
If Bruce ran and won, a guy who owns a small business in a small town, joining his pickup owning brother in the Senate, I wouldn't exactly call that a dynasty.
The name thing is weird and if he’s serious about running he needs to get ot out of the way early.
I would like to see how Schiff does once he (hopefully) kicks it into gear.
That’s a poll of Schiff vs. Dodd not Blumenthal.
Sorry. Wrong poll. I’m still in Dump Dodd mode. I’ll keep looking.
His brother has a lifetime of experience in politics and campaigns. It might be one thing to pluck a small alarm-company-owning neophyte and drop him into a Congressional seat. The Senate just seems too far a stretch. Also, what could be worse in terms of family/nepotism/name-based politics than making the same dynasty move of Kennedy’s successor?
CT should be in play, however, and it is frustrating that they don’t have a better candidate. I’d think some sort of successful CEO type could and should be persuaded to run.
The nepotism would be a fair critique, but what’s so challenging about being a US Senator that a small business owner couldn’t grasp?
For the first few years, use this guide:
Bill is an unconstitutional steaming turd? Vote Nay
Bill is a good thing for America? Vote Yea
After you get the hang of the place, introduce legislation that limits the size of the government.
I had a brain freeze. I was thinking of Schiff vs Dodd all along. Schiff was trailing Blumendodd 63%-27% in the first poll after Blumendodd announced his candidacy. My apologies. As you can see I don’t pay too much attention to polls.
“Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Connecticut, taken last night, now finds Blumenthal leading former GOP Congressman Rob Simmons 56% to 33%. A month ago, Simmons had a 13-point lead over Dodd.
Linda McMahon, the ex-CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, trails Blumenthal by a 58% to 34% margin. She led Dodd by six.
Long-shot candidate Peter Shiff, the widely-known president of Euro Pacific Capital, was essentially even with Dodd but now trails Blumenthal by more than two-to-one - 60% to 24%.”
Rob Simmons 33%
Linda McMahon 34%
Peter Shiff 24%
Mind you, Coakley was ahead by as much as 30%, with only 2 months to go to the elections and still lost. Anything is possible if you run a grrat campaign, and have confidence in yourself. The political environed right now is not very friendly to the Democrats.
I think learning not to utter a gaff is the biggest thing pols need to master. Not as easy as it seems.
Don’t think the name change is weird. It adds distinction from the normal spelling. It may be the historical spelling of the name and Bruce just prefers it.
True, anything can happen. But as a CT resident I can tell you that Blumenthal has very positive ratings across the state, even including a sizable amount of republicans. I’m sure he’s got to have higher ratings that Chokeley did in MA, and doesn’t have anywhere near her skeletons or controversy (letting innocent guy to rot in jail, etc.)
He’s going to be tough to beat for sure.
Better than Obama has.
I love that he embraces strong fiscally conservative principles, small government, capitalism/free markets and the constitution. He is NOT a politician and has solid, real world experience in business, finance and economics.
Go Schiff! (And Rubio!)....
And does he drive a truck?
If the clown in MN got a senate seat then why couldn’t
a responsible small alarm company neophyte get one?
He looks like he drives a van.
The Connecticut Democrat Congressional delegation is no prize, either. This would be the year to take a few of them down.
The clown in MN aside—seriously, because he’s Scott Brown’s brother?
I don’t care whose brother he is. He just may have more merits then the clown.
We’ll see. I intend to check him out.
I wonder if he’s a hunk as well.
I think it’s rather strange. In any case, if he doesn’t give a reasonable explanation early on it will become an issue (whether it should or not is immaterial).
What are his credentials? Is he CONSERVATIVE? Why should he run: just becuase he’s “Scott Brown’s brother”??
Here's a pic.
Thanks—is there nothing that a Freeper can’t answer?
Not sexy like his big bro’, but looks like a nice enough guy.
He appears to have no credentials. He shouldn’t run if nepotistic name recognition is all he’s got. That sounds like the Kennedy fam. ;d
Thanks for the heads up on this one, Impy.