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.
Washington (CNN) - A moderate Democratic senator is calling on his colleagues to shelve health care reform legislation until Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown takes his seat in the United States Senate.
"In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process, Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia said in a statement Tuesday after Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in the special election for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat.
"It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated."
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