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Friday, January 08, 2010

Why Scott Brown for Senator?

Many of us have been beating the drum for Scott Brown because he would be the 41st Republican vote in the U. S. Senate. With only 59 votes left to the Democrats, they could not stop a filibuster against the Obama health care bill when it comes back to the Senate to be voted on. While that is reason enough to vote for him, that overlooks what else this country gets with him in the Senate. Folks, what you get here is what has to be the epitome of the ideal political candidate. Never in 45 years in politics have we seen a candidate like this one. He just has it all. Let's start with his accomplishments so far.

State Senator Scott Brown represents the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District, in the Massachusetts Senate. Senator Brown was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in a special election on March 2, 2004, was re-elected on November 2, 2004, won re-election unopposed on November 7, 2006, and was re-elected on November 4, 2008. This is his third term in the Senate. Previously, Senator Brown served three terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 9th Norfolk District. Prior to his election to the House in 1998, Brown served as a Wrentham Selectman for three years and before that, as Town Assessor for three years.

Senator Brown is a graduate of Wakefield High School, Tufts University, and Boston College Law School. He is a practicing attorney, and a 29 -year member of the Massachusetts National Guard, where he currently holds the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Brown was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in homeland security after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) recognized Senator Brown as a “Guardian of Small Business” for his work in creating and maintaining jobs in Massachusetts. Senator Brown has also received an "A" rating from the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, both for his efforts in promoting job growth and retaining companies within the commonwealth.
Senator Brown received the 2004 “Public Servant of the Year” Award from the United Chamber of Commerce, for his leadership in reforming the state’s sex offender laws and protecting the rights of victims.

Senator Brown is one of the State’s most outspoken advocates for victims of sexual abuse, and is a tireless supporter of veterans’ causes. As a member of the Hidden Wounds of War Commission, Brown traveled the Commonwealth to research how State government can do a more thorough job of preventing veterans from falling through the cracks and not receiving the mental health services that they may require.

Many politicians would kill for a political resume like that one. On top of that, he has a real way with words and comes across as earnest and honest. That is a rare commodity in a politician especial in state like Massachusetts where political corruption is pretty much the norm. Then there is the no small matter of his looks, always a good thing in politics. He was only 22 when Cosmopolitan magazine voted him America's sexiest man which led him into a modeling career.

Finally, one of his biggest assets is his family. His wife, Gail, is a well known television newsperson in Boston and is a former model herself. He has two very attractive daughters. His older daughter, Ayla, is a champion basketball player who was voted the outstanding female basketball player in Massachusetts. Her point total (2,358) is the sixth highest in the history of the state even with the males included. She is in her senior year at Boston College on a full athletic scholarship. She is a forward on the Boston College Eagles where she is called "Downtown Ayla Brown" for her expertise in three pointers.

If that is not enough, she is a recording artist whose debut album, Forward, was released in March of 2006 and reached 34 on Billboard's AC chart. She is well known in Massachusetts for her achievements. You can find her singing the national anthem with the Boston Pops Orchestra on July 4th at She reached the final eight in female contestants on American Idol. Her sister, Arianna, is attending Syracuse College. Where do you find political families like this one with real achievements?

The Brown Family
Brown family photo