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As Elizabeth Warren Appears in Barack Obama Documentary, Why Does Scott Brown Keep Mitt Romney, National Republican Party at Arm's Length?

 

For Immediate Release: March 14, 2012
Contact: Mathew Helman, Communications Director
E-mail: mathew@progressmass.org, Cell: 617-821-8004

BOSTON - Numerous media outlets have made note of the fact that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will appear in "The Road We've Traveled," a 17-minute documentary to be released tomorrow by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.  It seems that candidate Warren has embraced her connection to her Party's likely 2012 nominee for President.

Oddly, despite Republican Senator Scott Brown's longstanding, close relationship with his Party's likely 2012 nominee for President, his Party's leadership, and his Party's right-wing base, Brown seemingly has worked very hard to keep Mitt Romney, Republican leadership, and the Tea Party movement at arm's length.

As Republican Scott Brown continues to refuse to hold publicly-announced town hall-style forums at which voters can ask him questions about any topic, members of the media ought to ask Brown why he has kept Romney, other national Republican leaders, and the Tea Party at a distance.

Voters deserve to know Scott Brown's answers to questions like:

1)  Does Scott Brown agree with Republican Presidential nomination frontrunner Mitt Romney that the federal government should do nothing to stop the foreclosure crisis and simply let it "hit the bottom," and that President Obama was wrong to save the American automotive industry instead of simply letting "Detroit go bankrupt"?

2)  Would Scott Brown endorse Rick Santorum for President if Santorum wins the Republican nomination for President?

3)  Does Scott Brown plan on voting for Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky for Senate Majority Leader if Brown is re-elected?

Scott Brown is working to keep Mitt Romney and national Republicans at arm's length in public...

Boston Herald, 3/12/12, "Warren plays supporting role in Obama film," Kimberly Atkins

Just days ago, when former Gov. Mitt Romney thanked U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in his Super Tuesday victory speech at the Westin Copley, Brown wasn't there to hear it. The two Republicans aren't exactly knocking themselves out to share a photo op, with Brown stressing his role as a bipartisan moderate, and Romney pushing ever-more-conservative stances. You'd never know that their campaigns are largely run by the same people.

Washington Post, 3/8/12, "Scott Brown's Mitt Romney problem," Rosalind S. Helderman

When Republican Scott Brown stunned the political world in 2010 by winning the Senate seat in Massachusetts that Democrat Edward M. Kennedy had held for 46 years, it was Mitt Romney, a former governor of the state, who introduced Brown at the victory party in Boston.

A few weeks later, still basking in the rock-star glow of that unexpected win, Brown returned the favor. He introduced Romney at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference as "one of the Republican Party's bright lights" and "my very, very dear friend." [...]

In the small world of Republican Massachusetts politics, the links between the two campaigns are especially close. Gail Gitcho, Romney's communications director, once served that role for Brown. Colin Reed, Brown's chief spokesman, used to work for Romney.

Robert Maginn, chairman of the state Republican Party, who is responsible for helping to get Brown reelected and boosting Romney's chances if he becomes the party's presidential nominee, is a Romney ally and a former board member at Bain Capital, which Romney founded.

And both campaigns employ strategist Eric Fehrnstrom to craft essentially opposite messages for the candidates -- helping Romney argue that he is a reliable conservative and Brown present himself as an independent centrist.

Boston Herald, 3/1/12, "Mitt Romney, Scott Brown keep their distance," Hillary Chabot

Mitt Romney and Scott Brown, two homegrown GOP superheroes cut from the same political cloth and tempered by the heat of the Bay State's liberal culture, appear to be treating each other like political kryptonite as they tack in opposite ideological directions on the campaign trail.

"It's no wonder they're staying away from each other. ... Romney's message is, 'I really am a conservative.' Scott Brown's is, 'I am a Massachusetts Republican, I am more moderate,' " said Chip Felkel, a Republican strategist based in South Carolina. "They're conflicting."

Brown's staff said yesterday the senator won't be doing any campaigning for Romney in Massachusetts before the March 6 primary. [...]

But the two are largely toxic to each other, said John C. Berg, a political science professor at Suffolk University.

"Scott Brown would rather not be thought of as Romney's good pal, and a lot of the hard-core right that Romney needs view Brown as a traitor," Berg said.

Blue Mass Group, 2/21/12, "I'm trying to find the word 'Republican' on the Scott Brown for Senate Campaign website...," Blue Mass Group user "petr"

On Scott Browns Campaign Website there are to be seen many iterations of the words "independent" and "moderate". There are even some allusions to "opponents" clearly of the Democratic stripe. But startlingly few allusions to Scott Brown as a member of the REPUBLICAN party. Is he ashamed? Why would there be so very little mention of the political party Scott Brown has long been affiliated with... Not even his "Bio" pages refers to the party that supported him as a state senator and then, later, as a Senate candidate.

NECN, 1/19/12, "Scott Brown touts 'my independent record'," Scott Brown direct quote

Once again I won't have the political establishment behind me - not the one on Beacon Hill, and certainly not the one on Capitol Hill.

...but it's clearly a different story behind closed doors.

ThinkProgress, 2/14/12, "'Independent' Scott Brown Receives $178K From GOP Establishment," Josh Israel

Beyond just the logistical aid, the Brown campaign has received significant financial backing from the Republican establishment. The NRSC has already given Brown $43,100 -- the legal maximum.

And it's not the just party committee opening its wallet to back Brown; his campaign has received $134,500 from the leadership PACs of former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) and 20 of his Senate Republican colleagues. That total includes $10,000 from Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (KY) Bluegrass Committee, $5,000 from Sen. Minority Whip Jon Kyl's (AZ) Senate Majority Fund, and $10,000 from NRSC Chairman John Cornyn's (TX) Alamo PAC.

Again-this sort of national party support is typical for a vulnerable member of either party. But, given Brown's instance that he belongs not to the national GOP but to the Massachusetts voters, that level of "typical" is precisely the problem.

Boston Globe, 2/23/12, "Scott Brown in Florida on campaign fundraising swing with Marco Rubio, Elizabeth Warren heads to Hollywood," Stephanie Ebbert

US Senator Scott Brown was in Florida yesterday raising money for his campaign with fellow freshman US Senator Marco Rubio, the Cuban-American Republican and Tea Party darling who was elected the same year as Brown.

But Brown's campaign wasn't exactly eager to broadcast his whereabouts.

Asked Tuesday about the senator's schedule for this week, a spokesman said he was unsure about Brown's plans. In a separate interview yesterday, he said he did not have details about the Florida trip.

Turns out, Brown was on a two-day fundraising swing in Florida.

Huffington Post, 3/18/10, "Scott Brown Held Tea Party Fundraiser Before Professing To Be Unfamiliar With Tea Party," Sam Stein

Just 11 days before he claimed to be unfamiliar with the Tea Party movement, Massachusetts Republican senate candidate Scott Brown attended a fundraiser that was sponsored by one of the state's major tea party factions.

 

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