Scott Brown cozies up to Barack Obama amid tough re-election fight

Scott BrownSen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., plans to attend the signings of two bills he helped introduce with President Obama, which raised questions as to whether he is trying to curry favor with Democrats amid his tough re-election battle.

The Boston Globe  calls this move a move aimed at “strengthening his bipartisanship credentials.”

The Senator’s campaign has emphasized his independence from his party in the deep blue state.

“He’s a politician and he’s going to do whatever he has to, to be re-elected,” said Brendan Steinhauser, director of federal and state campaigns with FreedomWorks. “It’s a Democratic state, so what he’s doing is no surprise.”

But Brown’s choice of tactics makes little sense because Democratic voters will choose a Democrat rather than a Republican who runs to the left to run against a Republican, Steinhauser said.

A New Hampshire University/Boston Globe poll  shows Brown with a slight lead over rival Elizabeth Warren, whose ideas helped created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, by a 37 percent to 35 percent margin.

Brown came into office in 2010 on a wave of Tea Party support as the “51st  vote against Obamacare,” but  he has since built a reputation as a moderate-to-liberal Republican who boasts a 62 percent ACU rating  in the two years he has been in the Senate. Last year the Senator scored 50 percent, the lowest in the Senate GOP Conference.

“No one in the Tea Party was under any illusion that he would be with us any more than 50 percent,” Steinhauser said. “That’s better than with Warren who would be with us 0 percent. We’d rather that all Republicans be conservatives and that we have a conservative Senate.”

Having Brown in the Senate to repeal Obamacare and support Republicans in a GOP-controlled Senate is better than having his opponent, according to Steinhauser.

“People want choices and contrasts,” Steinhauser said.  “If they wants the Democrats’ and the Obama agenda, they should go for Warren. But they should vote for Brown with they want a check on Obama.”

Brown’s campaign would not comment.

 

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  1. Marc T Grove says:

    Most people expect elected leaders to get things done for their state or district, I think the anti Brown rhetoric is just a continuation of the anti Romney theme. It is amazing that MA has had as many Republicans elected, keep in mind Brown won a seat held for decades by Kennedy’s- we need to stop the purity tests, Brown is a million times better then Warren and helps move the GOP towards taking the Senate by keeping him in this seat. I think we really should start to look at the big picture. I believe Reagan said “the man who is with me 70% of the time is not my enemy he is my friend”

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