Thursday, January 31, 2013

Scott Brown Set to Announce Campaign to Slow Down President Obama’s Agenda

Scott Brown Set to Announce Campaign to Slow Down President Obama’s Agenda

Brown voted against key elements of President Obama’s first term agenda, now he’s aiming to do it all again

BOSTON – Former U.S. Senator Scott Brown appears to be ready to once again campaign for the chance to go to Washington and slow down the President’s agenda.

Last month, plugged-in Boston Republican operative and Republican National Committeeman Ron Kaufman admitted that sending Scott Brown back to Washington would benefit Republican plans to slow down President Obama’s second term agenda.

Speaking of “very, very angry" voters Kaufman said, “if they really want to slow down the president, this would be the way to do it."

If history is any guide, Kaufman is right. In nearly three years in the U.S. Senate, Scott Brown joined his fellow Republicans in key vote after key vote against legislation prioritized by President Obama:
  • Brown voted AGAINST President Obama’s American Jobs Act three times.
  • Brown voted AGAINST President Obama’s nomination of Massachusetts resident Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
  • Brown voted AGAINST equal pay for equal work legislation championed by President Obama.
  • Brown voted FOR a Republican budget plan that cut unemployment benefits and summer jobs programs for teenagers.
  • Brown for FOR the Blunt Amendment to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act to allow employers and insurance companies to deny women the health care choices they need.

Massachusetts voters have twice delivered overwhelming victories to President Obama. In 2012, Massachusetts voters endorsed President Obama’s agenda over that of our former governor by 23 points. Last November, Brown, who endorsed much of Mitt Romney’s platform, lost by 8 points to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“In his second inauguration speech, President Obama talked about climate change, gun safety, marriage equality and comprehensive immigration reform,” Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh said. “Scott Brown disagrees with the President on all of those issues and if he gets back to Washington, he won’t do anything but slow down the President’s agenda.”

Monday, January 21, 2013

Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh's Statement on President Obama's Second Inaugural Address

WASHINGTON, DC - Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh released the following statement today after President Barack Obama gave his second inaugural address:

"President Obama told us today that 'our journey is not complete' as he spoke of principle and policy in his second inaugural address. The President urged us all to come together in a speech that cited the historical arc of our nation's journey to become a more perfect union as inspiration to solve the contemporary challenges we face like gun safety, immigration, climate change and LGBT equality."

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh’s Statement on Lt. Gov. Tim Murray’s Decision Not to Run for Governor

BOSTON – Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh released the following statement today after learning that Lt. Gov. Tim Murray will not run for governor:

“My friend Lt. Governor Tim Murray has served the people of the Commonwealth effectively and with a profound love for our state. I understand his decision and applaud his primary focus on his wife and wonderful daughters.

“Tim has been Gov. Patrick’s partner is moving the Commonwealth forward and leading us out of the Great Recession stronger and faster. It is the same kind of success he enjoyed as the mayor of Worcester, where he set the second largest city in New England on a path to the 21st century. I know he will continue to be an important part of leading us forward as a Commonwealth on so many issues and I’m glad for that.

“Politically, Tim’s decision throws the 2014 Democratic Primary field wide open. If he had decided to run, with the full support of Governor Patrick, Tim would have been a formidable entry in the field. With both the Governor’s and Lt. Gov’s offices now open in 2014, I’m looking forward to spirited primaries that will highlight the deep pool of talent in the Massachusetts Democratic Party. If our eventual nominees prove to be as good as Deval Patrick and Tim Murray, I’m confident of success.”