Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

October 25, 2012

Letter: The real Scott Brown is no moderate

Editor, Townsman:

Scott Brown claims to be a moderate Republican. However, I have found that he says one thing, but his US Senate voting record suggests an entirely different ideology.

His nearly perfect voting record against women’s health care and equal pay suggests an allegiance to a right wing conservative ideology that is at odds with the best interests of women in Massachusetts.

Brown opposes the Affordable Care Act, which provides for diagnostic medical services for women, such as mammograms and cancer screening tests. While Scott Brown believes that we need to get big government out of our lives, he is ready to impose government restrictions on extremely personal and private decisions women make every day regarding birth control and family planning. Scott Brown voted to allow employers authority to arbitrarily restrict health care coverage, including birth control and family planning services. Scott Brown has also voted against a bill that would support equal pay for equal work.

Brown, along with a majority of the Republican members of the US House of Representatives and US Senate, wants to turn back the clock on the advancement of women’s rights that has been achieved over the past 50 years.

In my view, Brown has not voted as a moderate in the US Senate on a wide range of issues, from Wall Street to health care to the environment.

Please look beyond the “nice guy” image that his campaign is carefully promoting for candidate Brown. His past votes in the US Senate demonstrate his lack of commitment to issues that are important in Massachusetts.

Patricia Commane

7 Hall Ave.

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