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Dems gang up on Brown (Dems say Scott votes 87% with GOP)
Boston Herald ^ | 6/5/11 | Richard Weir

Posted on 06/05/2011 3:35:22 PM PDT by raccoonradio

Candidates lob shots during convention

Open season on Scott Brown officially kicked off yesterday with five of the six Democratic candidates seeking to reclaim the “people’s seat” training their sights and barbs squarely on the freshman U.S. senator during speeches at their party’s state convention in Lowell.

“When Ted Kennedy went behind closed doors with lawmakers and lobbyists, he always fought for us,” Bob Massie, the nonprofit executive who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 1994, told some 3,000 Democratic delegates gathered on the floor of Tsongas Center. “When Scott Brown goes behind closed door with lawmakers and lobbyists and the Tea Party . . . and all shadowy figures who put him in office, he’s fighting for them.”

While vowing to defend Medicare and Social Security against Republican attacks and battle for social justice and small business, lobbing salvos at Brown was de rigueur for Democratic Senate hopefuls.

Only one candidate, Salem immigration lawyer Marisa DeFranco, refrained from mentioning Brown by name, instead targeting “the right,” whom she accused of waging daily a “war against the people, and the middle class, and the workers, and small business who keep this country running.”

The others, however, launched full-throated assaults on Brown, highlighting his key votes against a summer jobs bill for youths while preserving tax breaks for the country’s big oil companies.

Felix Browne, a spokesman for Brown, who handily defeated state Attorney General Martha Coakley in a special election last year to replace the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, declined to get into a debate over the senator’s record, saying simply: “Senator Brown spent the day in Western Massachusetts helping tornado victims recover from their loss. This is not the time for politics.”

State Rep. Thomas Conroy (D-Wayland), questioned whether Brown was a “worthy successor to Ted Kennedy” and vowed to “devote myself day and night to beating Scott Brown and winning back this seat for the people of Massachusetts.”

First-term Newton Mayor Setti Warren blasted Brown for not representing the “values” of Bay Staters by voting along Republican leadership lines “87 percent of the time.”

“Some say I’m too young, I’m too new, it’s not my time,” declared Warren, a former aide to U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry and President Bill Clinton. “I say that this is exactly the right time to take on the man who held up unemployment benefits for the jobless until millionaires got their tax break,” he continued.

Alan Khazei, founder of City Year, the Boston-based domestic Peace Corps, and a former Senate candidate, criticized Brown.

“We have a senator now who wants to eliminate America’s service programs. Who wants to cut job training . . . who wants to gut the Clean Air Act . . . all while defending the tax cuts of the wealthiest 2 percent,” Khazei said.

Even political neophyte Herb Robinson piled on, telling the delegates that he was the better person to guard the nation from nuclear disaster.

“So, who do you want protecting the safety of Main Street America, a photogenic show-off or an engineer who has to know the difference between hair spray and nuclear fallout?” said the computer programmer from Newton.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: alankhazei; barneyfrank; billclinton; bobmassie; cityyear; devalpatrick; edmarkey; felixbrowne; herbrobinson; jimmcgovern; johnkerry; johnolver; johntierney; marisadefranco; marthacoakley; massachusetts; medicare; peacecorps; scottbrown; settiwarren; socialsecurity; tedkennedy; thomasconroy
They say he votes 87 per cent of the time with GOP. If true, then great, unless you feel the Republican Party isn't necessarily conservative.

>>“When Scott Brown goes behind closed door with lawmakers and lobbyists and the Tea Party . . . and all shadowy figures who put him in office, he’s fighting for them.”

Attention tea partiers: you are shadowy figures acc. to him

>>Salem immigration lawyer Marisa DeFranco

Immigration lawyer...getting new Dems on board.

>>“war against the people, and the middle class, and the workers, and small business who keep this country running.”

Who's for middle class and small businesses, Dems or Republicans? How's Clinton's middle class tax cut working out for everybody? How about Deval Patrick's promised property tax relief?

>>questioned whether Brown was a “worthy successor to Ted Kennedy”

Well no, he HASN'T put a blonde in the pond...

>>winning back this seat

That's right, Massachusetts must have total 100 per cent Dems in office. Having the occasional Republican-even a RINO--can't have that. Why Mass. proudly re-elected Barney Frank, Deval Patrick, John Olver, Ed Markey, Jim McGovern, John "My Wife Does Money Laundering" Tierney...we can't dare put a Republican in office.

>>First-term Newton Mayor Setti Warren blasted Brown for not representing the “values” of Bay Staters by voting along Republican leadership lines “87 percent of the time.”

How are the potholes in Newton, Mr. Mayor? Do you dare spend any time as mayor before suddenly deciding to run for Senator?

>>millionaires got their tax break

Republicans, hang your head in shame :)

1 posted on 06/05/2011 3:35:27 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QmyCyxD1lM

Coakley ad

“I’m Martha Coakley and I approved this message”

“Who is Scott Brown, really? A Republican (pix of Bush and Cheney, Limbaugh) Who will vote in lockstep with the
Washington Republicans.”

(So...were they right?)

“Brown even advocates denying emergency room care to
rape victims...In times like these we can’t afford a Republican like Scott Brown”


Surprised they didn’t put any swastikas up in the ad...


2 posted on 06/05/2011 3:38:19 PM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
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To: raccoonradio

The little piggies just whine when they do not get their corrupt way....


3 posted on 06/05/2011 3:40:38 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: raccoonradio
Only 87%?

Start looking for a replacement Massachusetts!

4 posted on 06/05/2011 3:42:30 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: raccoonradio
Attention tea partiers: you are shadowy figures acc. to him

And when have Tea Party folks ever been invited "behind closed doors" with lawmakes and lobbyists? LMAO

5 posted on 06/05/2011 3:50:53 PM PDT by Hugin ("A man'll usually tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear it"--- Open Range)
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To: raccoonradio

If 87% is true then Brown is about as good as we can expect for MA. Because he has let the Republicans down on big issues and is perceived as a RINO by many he probably isn’t going to generate the kind of excitement he did in 2010 and won’t receive as much out of state monetary support. As much as it grieves me to say it we really need to keep this half RINO’s seat. I doubt we can fill that seat with a staunch Republican ever given the extreme liberalism of the NE. But because he won’t get the same support the Dems will probably reclaim that seat in 2012.


6 posted on 06/05/2011 3:54:12 PM PDT by Graneros ("Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.")
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To: raccoonradio

A Republican that votes with the Republicans? What a shocker!

Seriously, I’m surprised at the 87%, I thought it would be lower...


7 posted on 06/05/2011 4:00:42 PM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: raccoonradio
They say he votes 87 per cent of the time with GOP. If true, then great, unless you feel the Republican Party isn't necessarily conservative.

He can vote 87% with the Republicans on unimportant issues, and on the remaining 13% important issues against them, and still cause severe damage to our side.

8 posted on 06/05/2011 4:09:39 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle
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To: Balding_Eagle
He can vote 87% with the Republicans on unimportant issues, and on the remaining 13% important issues against them, and still cause severe damage to our side.

Alternately, he can realize that the Dems will hate him regardless of how much of a RINO he is, and start voting Conservative 100% of the time. Making nice with the Dems buys him nothing, and costs him Republican support.

9 posted on 06/05/2011 4:30:50 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: raccoonradio
I was in Boston for the first time last fall. It was not an all democrat town. Lots of business there, they do not like the socialist agenda and govt health care as much as the socialist would lead you to believe. Taxes burning thru a paycheck tightens everyones jaw. The marxist are only saying they are not Scott, and Scott is sitting in the murderers chair and they want to sit in the murderers chair cause they are marxist, socialist, democrats. Its like its their right But they have no plan to fix anything, just distribute tax payers money.
10 posted on 06/05/2011 4:34:18 PM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: raccoonradio

There they go again showing off their stupidity..Brown won as a Republican so why would he be voting DemocRAT most of the time...


11 posted on 06/05/2011 4:52:48 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: raccoonradio
When Ted Kennedy went behind closed doors with lawmakers and lobbyists...

...he came out good and drunk!

12 posted on 06/05/2011 5:09:36 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: raccoonradio

I’m sorry to be a silly girl on this but Scott Brown is seriously smoking hot to look at and listen to, every woman and gay is voting for him just to keep his face in the news.


13 posted on 06/05/2011 5:11:13 PM PDT by MissMack99 (BO Stinks!)
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To: MissMack99
The handsome dude Scott replaced...

14 posted on 06/05/2011 5:53:25 PM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
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To: Graneros

Currently he has a big war chest and is the most popular pol in the state (Brown). However he is on the same ballot as Obama in ‘12 and the Dems will be sure to get their vote out.


15 posted on 06/05/2011 5:55:21 PM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
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To: raccoonradio

YUK! My dinner just came up, eweww! I’m so glad he’s gone and burried.


16 posted on 06/05/2011 6:03:20 PM PDT by MissMack99 (BO Stinks!)
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To: MAexile
Seriously, I’m surprised at the 87%, I thought it would be lower...

Brown's 2010 ACU score was 74.

17 posted on 06/05/2011 6:06:23 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("It's hard to take the president seriously." - Jim DeMint)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

By comparison, Lindsey Grahamnesty’s ACU score for 2010 was 92.

Among key votes, Brown voted:

* Against including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in financial regulatory reform
* Against auditing the Federal Reserve
* for ending debate on S3217 (Financial Regulatory Overhaul)
* for S 510 (Food Safety bill, dramatically increasing power of the FDA)
* for repeal of DADT
* for ratification of START

among the bills scored by ACU.


18 posted on 06/05/2011 6:13:27 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("It's hard to take the president seriously." - Jim DeMint)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
...five of the six Democratic candidates seeking to reclaim the "people’s seat" training their sights and barbs squarely on the freshman U.S. senator...
Oh, definitely let's work for one or more of those six Demwits. They claim (probably accurately) that he votes 87% of the time with the Pubbies, and that's the best we're likely to get out of Massachusetts. Don't like it? Bite it. Or move your ass into Mass and win the seat yourself.


19 posted on 06/05/2011 6:28:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: reefdiver

I agree. Even though all of the Congressmen are dems and Boston goes that way, I think a lot of Mass’ liberal dem faction is in the colleges. There are also a lot of nasty looking gerrymandered districts. The 4th, Frank’s district goes from Boston suburbs to the coastline. The 10th was won by a Dem with 46%.

According to Scott Brown’s victory map, the more Republican areas were the solid center, the northeast, and the southeast coasts. The 1st incorporates a large part of the center, but is overwhemled by the west. The southeast is broken into the 3rd, 4th, and 10th allowing Boston suburbs to out-vote the coast.


20 posted on 06/05/2011 6:46:15 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

His ADA rating was 20. The ADA-ACU ratings are based on roughly 20-25 votes on key issues in a year; the 87% (if accurate) may be based on all votes.


21 posted on 06/05/2011 7:29:13 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: raccoonradio

>>> That’s right, Massachusetts must have total 100 per cent Dems in office.

Well so say many posts on FreeRepublic. The ones that swear RINO Brown MUST be defeated. FUSB!

You read these posts and swear those people shouldn’t be allowed outside without a caretaker.


22 posted on 06/05/2011 9:08:54 PM PDT by tlb
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Put up a more conservative candidate than him, if you can beat his fundraising advantage in the primary; if that candidate somehow makes it to the final, watch them lose 90-10 in the state of Deval, Barney, Tierney etc. Brown could well lose, too, if Dems come out to support Obama in droves. The 2010 fall election did put some GOP folks in state legislature, but the Republicans got skunked otherwise—
a tax rollback question led Dems/hacks to the polls where
just about every office went Dem again. While there are some people in MA upset by hackery, Dem officeholders, etc. they are usually outnumbered by moonbats.

Brown was successful because some of his more moderate opinions brought moderates esp. unenrolleds in, and Coakley
was horrible. He is fairly popular with center and even
maybe left, and with some of the right, though again could be buried by an Obama landslide.

Again, nominate a more conservative candidate in the land of
Barney Frank...get together the money to defeat Brown’s
millions, then hope they can do good in the final vs.
the designated Moonbat. It’s Massachusetts, surely a true
conservative could win... right?


23 posted on 06/06/2011 6:38:02 AM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
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To: raccoonradio; All
From one of the Herald comments. I have highlighted the times he has not voted Republican. Only a few times has he gone against the GOP line though they may have been major bills. They may have a point about him voting 87% GOP, or is it higher? I guess putting in a Dem who votes 0 % GOP would be better.

>>Sen Brown's voting record:

Paul Ryans Budget Bill... No. Against Party Lines
Repeal the Affordable Health Care Bill...Yes..... Party line
Keep subsidies for big oil....Yes....Party line
Food Safety Bill .....Yes....Bipartisan
Cut $30 billion from 2010 budget?....Yes....Party line
Amending Oil Company Tax laws...No....Party line
Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments....No...Party line
Unemployment Benefits Extension.......No....Party line
Regulation and Oversight of the United States Financial System.... Yes....Against party line
Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements.....No....Party line
Patriot Act Extension.....Yes...Bipartisan
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act.....Yes...Against party line
Prohibiting Earmarks.....Yes...Party line
Treaty with Russia to Reduce and Limit Offensive Arms...Yes...Bipartisan

Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes....No...Party line
Offshore Production and Safety Act....Yes..Party line
Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule...Yes....Party line
Allowing Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers....No...Party line
Requiring Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt...No...Party line
9/11 Health and Compensation Act....No....Party line
Study on Ending the Conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.....Yes...Against party line
Tax Law Amendments...No..Party line...Party line
Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill.....Yes...Bipartisan
Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable...No...Bipartisan
Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act....No..Party line
Payment to Social Security Recipients....No..Party line

These are the major bills that Sen. Brown has voted for and against in The U.S Senate in the years 2010 & 2011.

You can see his total voting record at http://www.votesmart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=18919

24 posted on 06/06/2011 6:49:03 AM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
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