Boston (CNN) - Scott Brown heralded his upset victory in Tuesday's special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts as the start of an overhaul of Washington politics.
In a victory speech to a chanting crowd, the Republican state senator paid tribute to liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy, who held the seat Brown won for almost 47 years before dying of brain cancer last August.
Calling Kennedy "a tireless worker and a good-hearted public servant," Brown said his first call after winning went to Kennedy's widow, Vicki.
"I told her that his name would always command the affection and respect of the people of the state of Massachusetts," Brown said, adding: "There's no replacing a man like that. But tonight I honor the memory and pledge that I'll try to be a worthy successor to the late Sen. Kennedy."
Brown called his come-from-behind victory "just the beginning of an election year filled with many, many surprises" for Democrats.
No Republican had won a U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts since 1972, and Democrats control the governorship, both houses of the state legislature, and the state's entire congressional delegation.
"When there's trouble in Massachusetts, rest assured there's trouble everywhere, and they know it," Brown said of the Democratic Party.
He outlined a conservative agenda, starting with opposition to the Democratic health care bill that his election might doom in Congress.
"People do not want a trillion dollar health-care plan that is being forced on the American people," Brown said. "This bill is not being debated openly and fairly. It will raise taxes, it will hurt Medicare, it will destroy jobs and it will run this nation into debt."
The crowd chanted "41, 41" because Brown will be the 41st Republican senator in the 100-member chamber, denying Democrats their 60-seat super-majority, which has allowed them to overcome GOP filibuster attempts to block the health care bill.
Brown said his victory defied "the odds and experts" who predicted the Senate seat held by Democrats for more than 50 years would not change hands.
Instead, independent voters who outnumber registered Democrats and Republicans combined in Massachusetts strongly supported Brown and his grassroots campaign, which included driving his pickup all over the state.
"Tonight the independent majority has delivered a great victory," Brown said.
"What happened here in Massachusetts can happen all over America," he later said. "We are all witnesses, you and I, to the truth that hard work, strength of heart … can overcome the political machine."
Is this clown bought off like every other con who couldm't give a rats ass about anyone but his own socio economic peers ? Amazing.
Bomb other countries ? Heres a blak check and defits are no object. Invest in the well being of our own ? ' How dare you spend my hard earned tax dollars you tax and spend libs '. It's sad.
Well we get what we pay for don't we.
checks and balances – hopefully making a comeback.
They are...and they are waiting to take you down...becareful...I sense there will be a vast left wing conspiracy...oh yeah, there already is one....
I wish Ted Kennedy was alive to see this!!!
Yes, Mr. Brown we are paying attention. We realize you and your fellow Republicans have no problem denying Healthcare Coverage to millions of people. I hope Massachusetts is ready for the influx of people moving to the state to take advantage of the government run health insurance.
First, congratulations to Mr. Brown who ran a positive, clean campaign. Second, shame on Martha Coakley and the Dems that ASSUME they are the defacto leaders and ASSUME everyone will fall into lockstep, no matter how crappy the candidate.
I used to support my party but recently the party has not been listening to me or anyone in the USA. If 60% of citizens don't want this health care bill, then why are you trying to shove it up our azz. I've got a proctologist for that orifice!
And to Pelosi, Reid and all the others: STOP ASSUMING OUR SUPPORT. ASSUME MAKES AN AZZ OF U AND ME. Rid DC of career politicians, both Repub & Dem. Let's entertain term limits and letting citizens set compensation & benefits they will be receiving.
Yes Mr. Brown, we are paying attention. I hope Massachusetts is prepared for the influx of people moving to the state to take advantage of the government run health insurance plan- a plan similar to the one you intend to deny the rest of the country.
I just want to "thank" the people of Massachusetts for taking health care away from the rest of the country. Apparently it's all about you and to hell with the rest of us.
Mass, what a disgrace to the late Ted Kennedy.
Actually, I HOPE YOU are paying attention. The REPUBLI-CAN'TS approval ratting is still WAY BELOW the Democrats which means YOU still have to change YOUR WAYS!!
It's not about NO all the time when you are dealing with ALL AMERICANS!!! What's DRIVING your base are the TEA PARTIERS and they are all ONE SHADE and hardly represent ALL or even the MAJORITY of America.
The ONLY reason why you got over in this RACE is because you ran on STOPPING the HEALTH CARE REFORM. YOU WON on that because the REFORM right now is in SHAMBLES.
SO, YOU PAY ATTENTION because Health Care Reform is not what SOME want – but it's what we ALL NEED and sooner or later – You’re going to have to say “YES WE CAN”!!!!
If the dems don't think this election is a repudiation of the last year, then they are stupider then I thought.
Is this group (Obama, Reid, Pelosi) the most incompetent leadership group ever? Bush was able to get a lot of his agenda passed (whether you agreed with it or not, this can't be denied) with far less numbers in Congress, and even 3.5 years where the Senate was controlled by the Dems (many forget that Jeffords jumped ship in Bush's first year, making Daschle Senate Majority Leader).
But the current threesome, with unbelievable majorities, are so terrible they are tripping over eachother to make the next mistake.
Massachusetts. The bluest state in the nation. The bastion of the Kennedy political machine. Home of the most liberal academic institutions known to man. And yet, they elect a conservative. If that is not a wake-up call to the liberals who want to ram their agenda down our throats, I don't know what is.
I hope the American people are paying attention. Hopefully we can take America back by voting all incumbents out come 2010 and 2012.
Well, Mr. Brown, you managed to let your sleazy past and your repulsive beliefs be hidden by your handshakes and pretty rhetoric. We'll see how you do on the Hill, where you will be watched and held accountable to the people you are supposed to now represent...ALL of Massachusetts. Good luck with that.
They may be too arrogant to notice Scott! Go make sure they understand our wishes!!!! Great Job!!!!!!
Boy, do you ever have a mandate from your state... 3.5 dems/independents to 1 repub and you won them; that is magnificent. I was impressed with your appreciation of your responsibilities, citing John Quincy Adams and forward as the men you know that you follow in that seat. Yes, some great men of our country, indeed. I am so proud of Mass that they saw through what is happening in DC and said so yesterday. I have been doubting their senses for several year (no offense!), but they came through at last.