Over this past week, the Boston Globe has run profiles of the four Democrats running for the open US Senate seat currently held by seat warmer Paul Kirk. Today Scott Brown is profiled.
He was once a shaggy-haired 12-year-old growing up in Wakefield, drifting into trouble. His parents divorced when he was a year old, he said, and each remarried three times.
Asked if he had ever been arrested, Brown, choking up at times, related a story he said he had never told:
“My mom was on welfare a little bit, and, you know, I lived with my grandparents, I lived with my aunt, whatever. I was a jerk. I had some issues. You know, I was lost. . . . Mom was always working. . . . There was some violence in there where I would be sticking up for my mom and sisters. . . . I may get a little emotional. . . . And one day I was out with some older kids. . . . We were in Salem. . . . I had a pair of farmer overalls, and I stuck some records in them. . . . I was walking out, and a guy caught me.
“And so I was arrested and went over to Salem District Court, and Judge [Samuel] Zoll . . . gets me in his chambers, and he says: ‘So, tell me about yourself. I see you like music.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I love music. I like Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and Grand Funk, all that stuff.’ He says, ‘What else do you do?’ And I said, ‘I play . . . basketball, and I like to run.’ He said, ‘How good are you?’ And I said, ‘Well, I score about 30 or 40 points a game.’ He says, ‘Do you have any brothers or sisters?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, a half-brother and some half-sisters,’ and he says, ‘Wow, that’s great. . . . Do they look up to you?’ And I said, ‘Absolutely.’ He said, ‘That’s fantastic.’ . . . He . . . looks me right in the eye [and says], ‘How do you think they’d like to see you play basketball in jail?’ ”
This profile is a very humanizing story that I think a lot of the electorate can find some common ground with. Scott Brown for all the glitz of his life now, the model/TV personality wife and the beautiful children, was born of modest means and is a self made man. He’s living the American dream and wants the same for his fellow citizens.