RMG Endorses Scott Brown for US Senate

(Don’t forget to vote tomorrow.  And if you won’t be in your town tomorrow. Go to city or town hall and vote today. – promoted by EaBo Clipper)

The editors of RMG are proud to announce that we unanimously endorse Scott Brown for US Senate in this special election.

It is not our custom at RMG to unanimously endorse anyone in primaries but this was a rare instance where we all agreed.  We asked the four editors four questions about this race and Scott Brown. Below the fold you can read the questions and their individual answers.

EaBo Clipper

1. Why are you voting for Scott Brown in the special election?

I am voting for Scott Brown because he is a proven winner.  During the 2004 special election that he won I saw how hard he works, how people rally around him, and that he knows how to win.  I walked away from my involvement in that race knowing that Scott is a great candidate.  During his tenure in the senate he has always been responsive to me and has represented not just his district well, but those who helped him get elected.

2. If you were to vote in the Democratic primary who would you vote for and why?

Seeing as I’ve not voted in a Democratic primary since I voted for Lowell’s favorite son Paul Tsongas in 1992, this is a very hypothetical question.  I’d have to say however, Steve Pagliuca.  First because he knows how to create jobs, and second because it was a long time between 16 and 17 and I’d throw him my vote just for ending my misery.

3. Does a GOP candidate have a serious chance at winning a special election like this?

Yes, a Republican has a serious chance of winning.  This is a special election and its all about turnout.  Scott is the poster child for overcoming the odds.  He won a special election on the day of John Kerry’s presidential primary win in Massachusetts.  If he can overcome those odds, I think he stands a very great chance in this race.

4. Why hasn’t this special election attracted national attention from conservative activists like NY23 did?

I think this race hasn’t garnered the support that NY-23 did quite frankly because NY23 was a conservative held seat prior to the Special Election, and this is “Ted Kennedy’s Seat” in the mind of conservative activists around the nation.  I think this will change after the primary

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Garrett

1. Why are you voting for Scott Brown in the special election?

I’ve been critical of Scott Brown on this website, particularly his positions on the foolish war on drugs but this is not stopping me from voting for him. The fact that ONE VOTE could derail the entire health care reform package is all I need for a reason to vote for Scott Brown. He could be that vote. Scott has a great rating from CLT during his time as a legislator too.  

2. If you were to vote in the Democratic primary who would you vote for and why?


I would likely vote for Capuano because I agree with him on things like the Patriot Act, civil liberties, and his opposition to the Iraq War. Plus, he is the former mayor of Somerville so he gets cities. We need more elected officials at the national level who understand cities and people from urban areas like myself.

3. Does a GOP candidate have a serious chance at winning a special election like this?


Yes, but he has a chance the same way the Red Sox did in the 2004 ALCS. Scott Brown would need to overcome tremendous odds particularly because this is a special election and the bases seem to be the only people paying attention.

4. Why hasn’t this special election attracted national attention from conservative activists like NY23 did?


I think NY23 was a special case because there is a real battle within the Republican Party nationally over where the party is headed. This race doesn’t really play into that as much. What is interesting is that a Republican victory in Massachusetts, mostly because this is the “Kennedy Seat”, would be a real blow to Democrats and you think conservatives nationwide would be all about that. Maybe they’re surprised there is a viable Republican actually running for US Senate seat this time and they still can’t believe it.

DD4RP

1. Why are you voting for Scott Brown in the special election?


Scott Brown is a solid Republican.  He has a record of voting for lower taxes and fiscal restraint.  As the Democrats continue to run up the public debt we desperately need a 41st Senator to maintain the filibuster.  Scott Brown is the right person for the job.

2. If you were to vote in the Democratic primary who would you vote for and why?

I would write in “Scott Brown.”  That may sound like a cop out, but I tend to do those things in races where I don’t like any of the candidates on the ballot.  Usually that means an unopposed Democrat.  Even then they don’t get my vote.  If I had to pick someone to win I would pick Capuano because I think Scott Brown has the best chance to beat him.  Martha Coakley is still way up in the polls and Pags would just spend him into the ground.  I don’t believe Alan Khazei has a realistic chance to win.

3. Does a GOP candidate have a serious chance at winning the special election like this?

Yes!  First, special elections change things because the turnout is very different.  In the 5th Congressional special Tsongas only got 51% of the vote in a heavily Democratic year.  Secondly, we are seeing some national trends that are favorable for Republicans nationally.  Polls show that Republicans are energized, Democrats are demoralized and Independents are tracking more with Republicans.  This level of energy could also translate favorably in a special election.  Scott Brown is still the underdog, but he has a serious chance.

4. Why hasn’t this special election attracted national attention from conservative activists like NY23 did?

Because it’s Massachusetts.

Cool Cal

1. Why are you voting for Scott Brown in the special election?

Scott Brown is the clear choice for all Massachusetts voters in the 2010 Special Election.  Scotts center-right record as a member of the State Legislature, both in the House, and now in the State Senate, epitomizes the best aspects of mainstream Republican values.

Scott’s record is one of bringing conservative policy solutions to the forefront of the debate on Beacon Hill.  Unlike some Republican Senators on Beacon Hill, he has not accepted the Democratic paradigm of higher taxes and less freedom for Baystaters.  Scott Brown has always been taxes cutter, not “most of the time” but all of the time.

That is because Scott Brown realizes that the path to economic recovery is not paved with the fools gold of government ‘stimulus” but by creating a low-tax, low regulation, pro-grow environment to allow businesses to grow, hire, and prosper.

He is the only candidate in this race with significant military experience.  He knows as a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, in this time of War, America must stand steadfast in its resolve to defeat our enemies abroad while protecting its liberties at home.

Scctt Brown is a winner. He wins elections even when the Left rigs the game, and throws the kitchen sink at him.  He wins not by being Democrat-lite, but by articulating the Republican message of a smaller, lower tax, pro-growth Government.

Finally, Scott has pledged to oppose the monstrosity know as ObamaCare as a Senator.  He’s learned from his mistake on RomneyCare, and will fight to stop the destruction of the best healthcare system in the world via government takeover.

For all of these reasons, both in the GOP primary on December 8th, and the General Election on January 19th, Scott Brown is the clear choice to be out next U.S. Senator.

2. If you were to vote in the Democratic primary who would you vote for and why?

None of the Democrats deserve a vote by any rational American.  No Republican should vote for any of the Socialists running under the once-proud Democratic Party label.

3. Does a GOP candidate have a serious chance at winning the special election like this?

This election is winnable by a Republican because it is a Special Election.  Turnout will be low amongst traditionally Democratic voters, Republicans are motivated like never before, and more importantly, GOP voters know the fate of the Republic stands in the balance.  This is an important race for Republicans, whereas the Democrats are demoralized.   If there is one Republican who knows how to win a Special Election, it is Scott Brown.

4. Why hasn’t this special election attracted national attention from conservative activists like NY23 did?

The national media, as in NY-23, hasn’t followed this race as closely because it isn’t seen as a fight for the soul off the GOP.  We’re in Massachusetts, and the National Party cannot afford to spend money on a raced that isn’t yet 48%-46%.  We won’t see that until the closing days of January.

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