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.”