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New senator's brother encouraged to run here (Scott Brown's CT brother to run for US Senate?)
Waterbury Republican American ^ | 1/27/2010

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.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: 111th; brucebrowne; chrisdodd; ct2010; scottbrown

1 posted on 01/27/2010 10:53:29 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: Uncledave

Does he have any experience in government and/or administration? What’s his background?


2 posted on 01/27/2010 10:57:38 AM PST by Inkie
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To: Uncledave

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.


3 posted on 01/27/2010 10:58:04 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: Inkie

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.


4 posted on 01/27/2010 11:01:44 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: Inkie

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?


5 posted on 01/27/2010 11:02:50 AM PST by kempster
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To: Uncledave

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.


6 posted on 01/27/2010 11:03:49 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: kempster

Exactly, especially for a legislative position.


7 posted on 01/27/2010 11:04:14 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: Uncledave

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.


8 posted on 01/27/2010 11:09:00 AM PST by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: Man50D
Linda will get chewed-up by the tea partiers for being on record recently donating to Rahm Emanuel and the DSCC, among other enemies.

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.

9 posted on 01/27/2010 11:11:15 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; campaignPete R-CT; Clemenza; Clintonfatigued; darkangel82; ...

*ping*


10 posted on 01/27/2010 11:11:18 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: kempster

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.


11 posted on 01/27/2010 11:11:30 AM PST by Inkie
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To: Uncledave

Sounds like a good guy. I would rather have a family man, alarm company owner and boy scout leader then professional politicials we have.


12 posted on 01/27/2010 11:12:27 AM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Uncledave

Sure. And maybe they can get Martha Cokley’s second cousin to run on the Democrat side.


13 posted on 01/27/2010 11:14:18 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Uncledave

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.


14 posted on 01/27/2010 11:14:18 AM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Uncledave
Bruce Browne:


15 posted on 01/27/2010 11:15:23 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always)
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To: tbw2
Running over to the nearest family members of candidates and office holders smacks of wanting to create dynasties.

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.

16 posted on 01/27/2010 11:16:30 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: Uncledave

The name thing is weird and if he’s serious about running he needs to get ot out of the way early.


17 posted on 01/27/2010 11:17:58 AM PST by clintonh8r (Nobody's 'bot!!)
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To: Uncledave
Linda will get chewed-up by the tea partiers for being on record recently donating to Rahm Emanuel and the DSCC, among other enemies.

Simmons is a retread and has no shot vs. Blumenthal
Schiff is the best of the the lot, but he's been completely icogneto.


Donating to Emmanuel will be an Albatross for her. Simmons is slightly ahead of Blumendodd in the polls. The association of Blumenthal to Dodd may help Simmons but that remains to be seen. Schiff has not yet begin to campaign in earnest but he has already garnered 19% in the latest poll. Schiff has limited his campaigning to grassroots efforts but has yet to spend any large sums of money. He has raised more than $1.5 million. It should be interesting.
18 posted on 01/27/2010 11:22:06 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Man50D
I've not seen a poll where Simmons is ahead of Blumendodd. Do you have a source?

I would like to see how Schiff does once he (hopefully) kicks it into gear.

19 posted on 01/27/2010 11:24:29 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: Uncledave
I've not seen a poll where Simmons is ahead of Blumendodd. Do you have a source?

I heard it on he radio. I'll check to see if it's on the web.
20 posted on 01/27/2010 11:26:47 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Uncledave
I found the poll numbers at Schiff's Senate website. It 's dated 12/9/09 Latest Rasmussen Poll: Peter Schiff BEATING Senator Chris Dodd
21 posted on 01/27/2010 11:29:26 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Man50D

That’s a poll of Schiff vs. Dodd not Blumenthal.


22 posted on 01/27/2010 11:31:10 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: Uncledave

Sorry. Wrong poll. I’m still in Dump Dodd mode. I’ll keep looking.


23 posted on 01/27/2010 11:31:19 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Uncledave

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.


24 posted on 01/27/2010 11:32:44 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

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.


25 posted on 01/27/2010 11:37:33 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: Uncledave

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.


26 posted on 01/27/2010 11:38:38 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Man50D
Last poll I saw was the Rasmussen poll from January 7:

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%.”
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/connecticut/election_2010_connecticut_senate

Blumenthal 56%
Rob Simmons 33%

Blumenthal 58%
Linda McMahon 34%

Blumenthal 60%
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.

27 posted on 01/27/2010 11:41:14 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Uncledave

I think learning not to utter a gaff is the biggest thing pols need to master. Not as easy as it seems.


28 posted on 01/27/2010 11:44:03 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: clintonh8r

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.


29 posted on 01/27/2010 12:01:30 PM PST by madison10 ("Better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt...")
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To: SmokingJoe

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.


30 posted on 01/27/2010 12:03:04 PM PST by Uncledave
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To: kempster

Better than Obama has.


31 posted on 01/27/2010 12:07:43 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS ... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: Uncledave
I am for Schiff.

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!)....

32 posted on 01/27/2010 12:11:15 PM PST by kara2008
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To: Inkie
Does he have any experience in government and/or administration? What’s his background?

And does he drive a truck?

33 posted on 01/27/2010 12:11:33 PM PST by Gordon Pym
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To: 9YearLurker

If the clown in MN got a senate seat then why couldn’t
a responsible small alarm company neophyte get one?


34 posted on 01/27/2010 12:13:09 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS ... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: Gordon Pym
"And does he drive a truck?"

He looks like he drives a van.

35 posted on 01/27/2010 12:17:22 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Uncledave
There’s another Kennedy seat up for grabs in November in nearby Rhode Island where the unemployment rate is something like 13%. Patrick Kennedy seems to have only his surname to recommend him as he’s gotten himself barred — over his support for abortion — from receiving holy communion and has further distinguished himself with alcohol and drug abuse and at least one DUI conviction.

The Connecticut Democrat Congressional delegation is no prize, either. This would be the year to take a few of them down.

36 posted on 01/27/2010 12:28:28 PM PST by Mobties
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To: TribalPrincess2U

The clown in MN aside—seriously, because he’s Scott Brown’s brother?


37 posted on 01/27/2010 12:32:27 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

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.


38 posted on 01/27/2010 1:08:30 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS ... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

I wonder if he’s a hunk as well.


39 posted on 01/27/2010 1:11:23 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: madison10

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).


40 posted on 01/27/2010 2:53:33 PM PST by clintonh8r (Nobody's 'bot!!)
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To: Uncledave

What are his credentials? Is he CONSERVATIVE? Why should he run: just becuase he’s “Scott Brown’s brother”??


41 posted on 01/27/2010 3:25:48 PM PST by JSDude1 (www.wethepeopleindiana.org (Tea Party Member-Proud), www.travishankins.com (R- IN 09 2010!))
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To: 9YearLurker
I wonder if he’s a hunk as well.

Here's a pic.

42 posted on 01/27/2010 5:01:07 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always)
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To: Zhang Fei

Thanks—is there nothing that a Freeper can’t answer?

Not sexy like his big bro’, but looks like a nice enough guy.


43 posted on 01/27/2010 5:08:41 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: JSDude1; fieldmarshaldj; campaignPete R-CT; nutmeg; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy

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


44 posted on 01/28/2010 4:55:02 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: Impy; RaceBannon; scoopscandal; 2Trievers; LoneGOPinCT; Rodney King; sorrisi; MrSparkys; ...
Bruce Browne:

Thanks for the heads up on this one, Impy.

45 posted on 01/28/2010 11:32:17 PM PST by nutmeg (Congratulations Senator-elect Scott Brown!!! Gas up the truck!!!)
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To: Impy
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

I agree!

46 posted on 01/28/2010 11:32:59 PM PST by nutmeg (Congratulations Senator-elect Scott Brown!!! Gas up the truck!!!)
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