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ProgressMass Calls on Senator Scott Brown to Rescind His Endorsement of Mitt Romney for President Following Romney's "Reprehensible and Divisive" Remarks

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2012
Contact: Mathew Helman, Communications Director
E-mail: mathew@progressmass.org, Cell: 617-821-8004

BOSTON - This morning, ProgressMass staff hand-delivered a letter to the campaign office of Massachusetts' Republican junior Senator, Scott Brown.  The letter, the text of which is below, calls on Senator Brown to rescind his endorsement of the Republican nominee for President, Mitt Romney, following Mr. Romney's "reprehensible and divisive" remarks.

At the Boca Raton home of Marc Leder, a leveraged buyout specialist and campaign contributor to Republican Scott Brown, Mr. Romney commented that 47 percent of Americans "are dependent upon government," "believe that they are victims," and cannot be convinced to "care for their lives."

"Mitt Romney's shamefully insulting comments revealed how he truly regards Americans," said Michael Fogelberg, Executive Director for ProgressMass.  "Republican Scott Brown has a choice.  He can either embrace those reprehensible and divisive comments or he can reject them by rescinding his endorsement of Mitt Romney for President.  I hope he will live up to his self-proclaimed independence and fully separate himself from Mitt Romney's politics of division."

"There is no context in which Mitt Romney's disgraceful remarks could have been excused," said Mathew Helman, Communications Director for ProgressMass.  "The only question is whether Republican Scott Brown will continue to make excuses for his close friend, Mitt Romney, or whether Brown will unequivocally repudiate Romney's politics of division by rescinding his endorsement."

Throughout his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Republican Scott Brown has pointed to Mitt Romney as the person he trusts most on economic issues.  Shortly after being sworn into the U.S. Senate, Republican Scott Brown told an audience at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference on February 18, 2010, "Let me give you a piece of advice.  And it's something that I think of regularly when I think of my challenges here in Washington.  If you want to fix something that's broken, especially dealing with economic policies, you have to listen to Governor Mitt Romney."

Brown doubled down on his adherence to Romney economic principles earlier this year, on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on March 19, 2012, when he said, "Well, I know that when it comes to dealing with the economic issues, there's no one I would trust more than Governor Romney."

According to the campaign finance watchdog website OpenSecrets.org, Marc Leder made two $2,500 contributions to Republican Scott Brown's campaign, both of which were registered on February 13, 2012.

The full text of ProgressMass' letter to Senator Scott Brown is below:

September 19, 2012

Senator Scott Brown
c/o Scott Brown for U.S. Senate
337 Summer Street, Suite 100
Boston, MA 02210

Re: Rescinding Your Endorsement of Mitt Romney for President Due to His Disdainfully Dividing Americans

Dear Senator Brown,

On May 2 of this year, you gave a speech entitled "Americans First" in which you delivered the following remarks:

I try not to divide people up into easy categories - assuming the best because they agree with me, or the worst because they don't. Especially in politics, I've found it's the only way to operate. If you go around assigning bad motives to everyone who might think differently, you'll end up with a lot more enemies than achievements. It's the low road, and all it leads to is a dead end.

Unfortunately for all Americans, Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's nominee for President and your endorsed candidate, has taken that low road.  Video has become public which features Mitt Romney's comments to wealthy donors at a fundraiser, comments that "divide people up into easy categories" and assume the worst in almost half of the population of the United States of America.  (It should also be noted that the comments were reportedly made at the home of leveraged buyout specialist Marc Leder, one of your campaign contributors, Senator Brown.)  Mr. Romney's comments were as follows:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. [...] And so my job is not to worry about those people.  I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

These comments are beyond reprehensible.  The Republican nominee for President - your endorsed candidate - has said in no uncertain terms that he believes that nearly half of America believes that they are "victims" who do not "care for their lives."  Mr. Romney cannot credibly serve as the Commander in Chief of our nation when he so clearly has such contempt for half of our nation's population.

As such, Senator Brown, I urge you to immediately, and in no uncertain terms, rescind your endorsement of Mitt Romney for President.  Failure to do so is tantamount to an endorsement of Mr. Romney's reprehensible and divisive remarks.  Any half-measure, such as a mere Tweet criticizing the comments, would be seen as a cynical political ploy.

Rescinding your endorsement of Mr. Romney is the only acceptable step to appropriately separate yourself from the Republican nominee's disgracefully divisive comments.

I hope you will do the right thing in this matter and, for once, truly serve as an independent voice.

Sincerely,
Michael Fogelberg
Executive Director, ProgressMass

 

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