February 3rd, 2010
05:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Brown demands certification 'immediately'

Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown is asking state officials to immediately certify his victory in the state's special election last month.
Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown is asking state officials to immediately certify his victory in the state's special election last month.

(CNN) – Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown is asking state officials to immediately certify his victory in the state's special election last month, a move that would allow Brown to be sworn into office as early as Thursday afternoon.

In a letter to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, both Democrats, Brown's attorney says the senator-elect had planned on being sworn in February 11 but has since been told there are several votes being held before that date.

"For this reason, he wants certification to occur immediately," wrote Daniel Winslow, Brown's attorney.

Eric Fehrnstrom, a spokesman for Brown, also told CNN that "since the election results are now complete, there's no reason to wait."

A Brown adviser said the senator-elect is specifically interested in upcoming votes on President Obama's nominees for the GSA administrator, solicitor-general, and the National Labor Relations Board.

A spokeswoman for Patrick said the governor will certify the result at 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday.

"As the Lieutenant Governor stated earlier today, the Governor will convene the Governor’s Council at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning and certify the results," said Deputy Press Secretary Kimberly Haberlin. "This will ensure that Senator-elect Brown’s request to receive the final paperwork by 11:00 a.m. tomorrow is fulfilled."

Brown's letter [PDF]

–CNN's Dana Bash, Kevin Bohn, John King, and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report.


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soundoff (241 Responses)
  1. roger

    Our last Massachusetts Congresswoman was sworn in in 2 days.

    February 3, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    That's right, the party of no is back, and Brown sure has you liberals peeing in your pants. Other Presidents of both parties have managed to get laws passed without a supermajority. Yet Obama had one for a year and accomplished NOTHING!!! Fortunate for America he's so inept, or his liberal agenda would be destroying us now. Well liberals just bend over and kiss your you-know-what goodbye; because the Dems are OVER!

    February 3, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. all the news that's fit to omit

    You "retarded" Liberals who NO NOTHING ABOUT MY STATE or SCOTT BROWN need to SHUT UP.

    The Democraps in this state have mangled this whole process by switching this and changing that to screw the people over NEVER imagining that a Republican would win.

    Well WE DID and again Kennedy NEVER had to wait THREE WEEKS, NEVER, so Sniffit YOU need to SHUT UP.

    Dutch genius, Franken was still digging votes out of people's trunks so that is the difference here or are you just "retarded"?

    February 3, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. MinnesotaJoe

    Some of you believe that a duly elected Senator should not be sworn in quickly because you disagree with how is going to vote? After the Democrats originally won their supermajority, they paraded around excited that they would be able to pass legislation without any support from the GOP. Don't be surprised that the Republicans are not too excited about dealing after all of that. More importantly, how can you fault Republicans for not supporting your packages when you can't even get all of the Democrats on board?

    February 3, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. bobpolop

    Brown, just another arrogant Republican who cannot wait to deny anyone who is not rich, some of the basics of life, like health care, a job, an elected representative who does not makeup facts.
    Truth Squad must be a card carrying Rebuplican to make up so many "facts" in its recent e-mail !!!!

    February 3, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. worriedmom

    I find it so funny that you Libs are all uptight over this. didn't think it would happen did ya! Well now you get a taste of your own medicine. Someone needs to stop Obama and thugs from taking our country down. Sure wont be the Libs!

    February 3, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. carlos

    the hag from alaska has asked where can she get 10 copies of the COSMO espose....way to go brownie!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. Mike in Texas

    Bush had 2 clear victories? Ha!!! He won the 2000 election was less popular votes than Gore. Obama won by the biggest margin since Reagan.

    Please spare me "Truth Squad". So why are Republicans who co-sponser a bill supporting pay as you go turn around and decide they aren't for it as soon as President Obama says it is a good idea.

    Compromise means both sides give up in order to receive. Republicans don't want to give up anything.

    It is really sad and pathetic.

    Also, where the hell is their budget?

    You can't slam the President's if you don't have one of your own.

    What will it be? We want to cut taxes and spending but we won't tell you how. We just know ours is better. Trust us.

    Child Please.

    February 3, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. dudh

    By all means, sign future Teabag President Brown in. See what he does with the 41-59 Republican majority in the Senate (credit, Village Voice). Or watch him vote on the losing side for a while.

    February 3, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Mike in Texas

    Sorry. We are not Kool Aid drinkers. Also it was Flavor Aid people so get your history right.

    The President put his budget out there. Good or bad at least he gives details. Where is the Republicans?. Oh wait, they are too busy trashing Obama's that they haven't had time to do their own. They will tell people it will cut taxes and cut spending but without any details.

    So let me ask you this. If you are a company and a company submits a bid to get your business and all their bid says is our company and proposal is better than any other companies. We can't give you details, but we can tell you the rest of them suck and ours is the only good one so go with us. How many of you would go with that company? Apparently a few of you would.

    February 3, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. Mr Joshua

    Regarding the Tea party members. I have been at some rallies. There is NO political party involved. There are many members of all of them. People are tired of being taken for a ride by Washington. They are not Por this or pro that. They are tired of incumbents. Dems, Reps. No matter, They all got us into this mess. The idea is in electing representatives regardless of the parties that will bring forth new ideas and honor the Constitution. Thats all it is. Slander them if you will but people have had it. Time to take the country back. Savy?

    February 3, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Michael from Ventura

    Better hurry! Not enough Obstructionist in Washington!! These people are so lame. They wave their "Country First" banners and all they really want is to see President Obama fail. The Grand Obtructionist Party is beyond belief....literally.

    February 3, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. andy

    The Democraps are so so worried,had a majority and still could not get anything done.Now the American people have spoken and want the Democraps out.Long Live the Repubicans-hey everyone can not be on Democrap's welfare,somebody must work to support the Democraps and their socialist agenda until the crown prince Obamastooge is sent packing.

    February 3, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. Mike in Texas

    If the President announced he would support a constitutional amendment supporting a ban on gay marriage, Republicans would denounce it saying it imposed on the individual rights of states to govern.

    If the President wanted to overturn Roe V Wade, Republicans would denounce it saying it undermines the decisions of the Supreme Court.

    February 3, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. Tony in Maine

    The word "demand" implies he's being denied certification "now."

    He's not.

    Who's writing your headlines now – Billo?

    February 3, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. El Kababa

    The last thing America needs is another Conservative senator devoted to blocking any progress of any kind. However, the citizens of Massachussetts elected the guy. He may as well be sworn in tomorrow.

    The strategy of the Conservatives is to gridlock government, make the middle class suffer, and damage the country so that voters will turn to Conservatism as the only alternative to the Democratic Party in the next election.

    Conservatives would much rather rule a bankrupt country than help govern a prosperous one.

    February 3, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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