This, my latest editorial piece, ran recently in some SouthCoast papers. I post it here, FYI.
State Senator Scott Brown of Wrentham represents northern Bristol County and other areas of the Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex district yet Scott has proven himself to be a good friend to the SouthCoast and all of Massachusetts. Scott Brown deserves our vote on Tuesday, January 19 to become our next United States Senator.
Scott Brown, alongside local officials, served as a celebrity bartender at the Catwalk Bar & Grille on December 12 to benefit the Neediest Families Fund. Scott spent the day of September 26 visiting New Bedford’s Working Waterfront Festival. On Friday, August 21, Scott Brown spoke with nearly 250 area political activists in Dartmouth. A list of area visits from prior to Summer 2009 would be too exhaustive to list. Scott Brown has been frequently heard on WBSM 1420 AM. While not a native son, Scott Brown has virtually adopted the SouthCoast.
Since well before his overwhelming victory at the special primary on December 8, my phone has been ringing off the hook with SouthCoast activists looking to do their part to help elect Scott Brown for US Senate. Now, we are heading into the home stretch with just a few weeks left until the voters decide who will serve Massachusetts. With all due respect to Senator Edward M. Kennedy and his nearly 5 decades representing the Commonwealth, no single political party, or family name, should automatically be believed to be owed our US Senate seat. Scott Brown will bring a renewed vigor, vitality, accountability, independence, and a breath of fresh air to our Congressional delegation.
Scott Brown, a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts Army National Guard in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, has spent 30 years of his life serving both Commonwealth and country. Scott Brown will make an excellent public service in a new capacity as US Senator. In fact, Veterans for Brown include endorsements by veterans such as retired Navy captain and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Tom Hudner and Bob Fairbairn, a former national committeeman and state commander of the military order of the Purple Heart. During Scott’s time in the State House, he has made veterans’ issues a priority. Brown is a member of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, the Veterans & Federal Affairs Committee, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services, and the Hidden Wounds of War Commission. Brown successfully argued to add a check-off box to the state income tax form so that more veterans could receive the Welcome Home Bonus to which they were entitled. He has spoken out against recent cuts to the Soldiers’ Homes in Chelsea and Holyoke.
I have gotten to know Scott Brown over the past several years. I was an eager campaign volunteer in 2004 during Scott’s special election to the State Senate. At that time, Scott overcame the presumed underdog odds and won a stunning victory by scaling Beacon Hill. Now, about 6 years later, I’m confident that with the support of SouthCoast voters that my friend, State Senator Scott Brown, can defy the odds by climbing to the apex of Capitol Hill, and become our next US Senator. Scott Brown is an independent voice refusing to cower to the dictates of the political establishment here at home or in Washington DC. If you would like to know even more about Scott Brown for US Senate then I urge you to please see www.BrownforUSSenate.com. Please vote for Scott P. Brown during the special election to be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010.