Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

August 16, 2012

Letter: Time to separate fact from fiction on Scott Bro wn

Editor, Townsman:

As a long-term resident of the Merrimack Valley, I am deeply concerned that the public image Sen. Scott Brown presents via the media and scripted speeches fails to focus on the reality of his record.

To set the record straight, I believe voters should know the following facts about Mr. Brown’s legislative actions:

1. Contrary to his numerous claims and his recent ads, Mr. Brown’s voting record is one of a partisan Republican and not a moderate independent. Until Elizabeth Warren entered the Senate race, 93.8 percent of the time he voted the straight Republican Party line. (ProgressMass study of voting record, 5/7/12).

2. He has promoted this false image of being independent by claiming to support Democratic measures — while working behind the scenes to obstruct them. For example, while he belatedly voted to support financial reform, private emails show he worked behind the scenes to permit banks to continue risky business practices as the Boston Globe reported on June 4, 2012. In similar fashion, he initially voted no twice to block a needed payroll tax cut extension to help 160 million mostly middle class Americans — but then, once it became clear the measure would pass, he changed his vote to yes, proclaiming he supported the idea all along.

3. Contrary to his image of being a “man of the people” with his truck and barn coat — and high six figure income, Brown’s voting record shows him to be a Wall Street best friend, to the point that Forbes Magazine named him one of Wall Street’s favorite Senators! A grateful Wall Street has responded by making more financial contributions to Brown than to almost any other Senator (N.Y. Times, 11/18/11).

4. Brown has been anything but a Job Creator and friend of small business! His No votes to promote JOBS and protect workers include opposing bills that would: a) extend Unemployment Insurance (S. 1660); b) protect 22,000 MA teacher, firefighter, and police jobs. (S. 1723); c) create 11,000 MA infrastructure repair jobs (S. 1769); d) promote American jobs while discouraging off-shore jobs (S.3816); and e) provide summer jobs for teens (Boston Herald).

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