Outgoing Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) expressed doubts about the Massachusetts residency of Senate candidate Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in a radio appearance Wednesday, sending a strong signal that he will challenge him in the special election that will occur if Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is confirmed as secretary of state.Sounds like fighting words to me. Brown's farewell speech last month hinted at his possible comeback:
"I’ll tell you what; They’re making it awfully tempting. You got Ed Markey: Does he even live here any more?" Brown said on the "Jim & Margery Show" on WTKK-FM, a local Boston radio station, when asked if he was going to run.
"You’ve got to check the travel records. I’ve come back and forth (from Washington to Boston) every weekend, almost, for three years, and I see, you know, most of the delegation, and I have never seen Ed on the airplane - ever," he said, according to The Boston Globe. - Huffington Post, 1/2/13
Brown also said in his speech that he is concerned about the lack of bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate and is still trying to paint himself as the poster boy of bipartisanship. Cue Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV) to call bull shit on that one:“As I’ve said many times before, victory and defeat is temporary,” he told colleagues. “Depending on what happens, and where we go, all of us, we may obviously meet again.” - Boston Globe, 12/12/12
I know what Scott Brown is trying to do. He's trying to pull a play from this ass clown's playbook:"I saw during the campaign his plea for bipartisanship. That is a big joke. It's a travesty," Reid told reporters. "He was one of the most partisan people that's ever served here."
"He could have saved Citizens United," Reid said, referring to a bill that would have required corporations to disclose their independent-group spending on elections. "He could have been the 60th vote on that and many other things. So I don't need a lecture from him on bipartisanship. He should go look in the mirror." - Huffington Post, 11/14/12
So Brown wants to channel Santorum by going after Markey's residency. At first I was worried that Brown, who for some reason still has decent approval numbers, would be able to pull it off. But then I read this segment and it made me feel better:
Markey isn't Martha Coakley, no matter how much Scott Brown would like to make him out to be. Markey can name current Red Sox players. His own constituents refused to fall for that attack line. Yes, Markey lives closer to D.C. but he has always represented his constituents and been a strong voice for the good people of Massachusetts in the House of Representatives. Just read pistolSO's great diary about Markey and you will fall in love with the guy:Markey, who has represented Massachusetts in the House of Representatives since 1976 and is the most senior member in the delegation, owns a home in Chevy Chase, Md., and his wife works as a doctor for the National Institutes of Health. He also owns his childhood home, which he purchased from his parents, in Malden, Mass., north of Boston.
His 2010 congressional opponent, Dr. Gerry Dembrowski, tried to make his residency into an issue in the campaign. Markey ended up winning the safely Democratic seat by a 66-33 margin. - Huffington Post, 1/2/13
I feel good about Markey's candidacy. So does Kerry, Vicki Kennedy and the DSCC. While people were fretting about Kerry becoming SoS and leaving his seat open for a Brown comeback, I stayed calm and listened to what Harry Reid said:
But since Brown is going to be a dick about this, I figured I'd help Markey fight back by passing along his fundraising email so when Brown stops pussy footing around and actually gets in this race, we'll be ready:"We feel very comfortable -- if, in fact, something does happen -- we feel comfortable about Massachusetts," Reid said. "I think that I've already told you how I feel about Scott Brown." - Huffington Post, 11/14/12
I'm all in for Markey's campaign and personally, I would love to see these two as a dynamic duo in the U.S. Senate:Dear friends,
I want to give you the big news personally: I am running for the United States Senate in the upcoming Massachusetts special election!
We cannot allow the Tea Party-controlled Republican Party to lead us off the fiscal cliff, or the NRA to block an assault weapons ban yet again. We cannot let the oil and coal industries dim our clean energy future, or extremists to restrict women’s rights or access to health care. Right now, I need your help.
We need 500 people to support our campaign by Friday at midnight to protect against any early attacks by the special interests. Can you make a contribution right now?
In just a few days, our campaign has already received an outpouring of support from across Massachusetts. Both Senator John Kerry and Vicki Kennedy have announced they are supporting our campaign. And I have been humbled by the hundreds of people across the Commonwealth who have personally expressed their excitement to me.
But first, I need your help. Your strong support in the past helped me get here. But the deep-pocketed special interests will be lining up to defeat me and help Republicans in Washington advance their anti-middle class agenda.
Will you make a contribution to give my campaign the strong start it needs and reach its goal of 500 donors by midnight on Friday?
This is our moment. I would be honored for you join me in this fight to move the Commonwealth and nation forward.
Thank you. Best wishes for a safe and prosperous New Year!