I submitted this to several SouthCoast newspapers but it will see print in the Thursday edition of the Fall River Herald News.
I expect an edited version to probably appear in the New Bedford Standard-Times and a version may perhaps run elsewhere.
Jan. 19 was a day of historic proportions. That was the date on which Massachusetts elected a successor to the late Ted Kennedy for a seat that has been in Democratic hands for 57 years.
The voters proved that the Senate seat was not a Democratic seat; it was not a Kennedy seat. It was the people’s seat and the people decided to make history by electing Republican state Sen. Scott Brown.
I would like to thank the people all across Massachusetts who voted for Brown. Whether you were a Republican faithful, a disaffected Democrat who wanted a real change or an independent demanding bold, new leadership, thank you.
We experienced a paradigm shift here and across the country. Brown’s victory may have kicked open the doors to a true political revolution in which the entire political landscape has been forever changed.
I recall being told that the winner of the special election’s Democratic primary would become our next senator. I can understand that mentality. President Barack Obama won Massachusetts by 28 points in 2008. Democrats hold every statewide elected office in Massachusetts, all 10 Congressional districts and had held both Senate seats. That was then and this is now.
Stereotypes and old biases have been shattered. Any credible candidate, even of the minority party, can have a realistic expectation of victory if they’re accompanied by hard work and a viable message that respects and appeals to the will of the people.
I believe Scott Brown didn’t merely talk to the people, but he listened to us and challenged our hopes, fears, frustrations and dreams into a campaign message that proved to be unstoppable. The swing from being down 30 points in some polls to winning by 5 points is almost unbelievable.
Democratic attempts to demonize the Republican party and Scott Brown failed, just as those tactics proved fruitless in New Jersey and Virginia. Brown won his race as a result of enthusiastic Republican, independent and Democratic voters who rejected Obama’s massive health care takeover and the Democrats’ out-of-control spending agenda.
All politicians should be on notice that the people demand fiscal responsibility, smaller government, checks and balances, and lower taxes – traditional Republican planks. We are prepared to hold the party in power accountable for their irresponsible spending and out-of-touch agenda on both Beacon and Capitol Hills.
Despite a 3-to-1 registration advantage and an 11th hour influx of manpower and funding from national Democrats – including visits by Obama and former President Bill Clinton – Brown was able to appeal to and secure the support of a majority of voters, regardless of party affiliation. When Republican candidates communicate our party’s core messages in November 2010, they can win elections in even the bluest of blue states.
Obama woke up on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration having lost a filibuster-proof Senate. A segment of his party is up in arms by being ignored by leadership. Independents are fed up with the status quo. And the Republican party is energized. Nov. 2, 2010 may prove just as history-making as Jan. 19. We may be on the cusp of the proverbial American Revolution with the “Scott heard ’round the world!”
To those who didn’t vote for Brown, I thank your also for your civic participation and I hope that you will give Brown a fair chance to serve you over the coming two years. I suspect that once you get to know him and see him in action, you just may join our ranks come 2012.
Brock N. Cordeiro
Massachusetts Republican State Committeeman