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. Dan

    Headline says "demands", but the article says Brown "is asking" ... mislead much, CNN ??

    February 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Rickster

    Yet another example of the slime that is the democrat party.

    February 3, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Becky

    Already getting a litlte too big for his britches I see...The only reason he won is because the Democrats ran a Obama hating PUMA and 1 million Obama supporters stayed home.

    February 3, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Lach

    Let the guy have his seat. If it was a Kennedy or a Clinton in this session, he would have been seated already. Politics as usual. YAWN!

    February 3, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. WoW

    Good for him. He won fair and square. He deserves it. Swear him in already!

    February 3, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. OaklandTracy

    "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."

    More GOP – That's Grand Obstructionist Party tactics, I'm sure.

    Brown will be gone in 2012 – by that time his extremist views will be more than evident and populist "Tea Party" patina fairly tarnished.

    February 3, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Frozone

    Is anyone trying to stop this mope? He's already thrown his tea party supporters under the bus, so it's time to stop the nonsense talking points. You won, the rest of us are over you now.

    February 3, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Paul Anderson

    This is not a "big" demand. He won the election so get him to his job!

    February 3, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Luke

    Lets not make this a "thing".
    Everyone is cooperating fully, and no one is trying to undermine anyone.

    February 3, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Obama and his cabinet equate to crooks!

    He should have been sworn in already. This is just another confirmation that the Obama administration and the dems are playing their usual crooked games.

    February 3, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Yeah yeah yea....so did Al Frankin...but your colleagues dragged their feet for 8 months. What's good for the goose, Mr. Brown....

    February 3, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. joe mett

    Where is he in a hurry to? Another "NO" and obstructionist GOP. Please somebody tell him to relax and as always he is not going to change the Senate chamber overnight unless he is really progressive.

    It is rather amusing that the GOP because of the Scott Brown win thinks they are going to win all elections coming up! They must be living in a political fantasy land!

    February 3, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Kevin in Ohio

    The democrats in mass have taken long enough, considering how quickly they certified Kennedy, and considering the illegal nature of the interim appointment. Corruption is so obvious in the democrat party that I am amazed so many can't see it.

    February 3, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Tanya McKenzie

    I guess he can't wait to vote against whatever President Obama supports!

    February 3, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Chanel

    Wow... someone thinks they're special

    February 3, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. BK

    already being negative.....Ha! the republican theme.....na-bombs of negativity

    February 3, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Rick

    That's like a republican ,always flip flopping.

    February 3, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. LG

    How about a little clarification here...

    Is there evidence the state is delaying the certification

    or

    Is he just generating headlines for himself?

    Where are the CNN investigative reporters? This should be a prove-able fact, instead of leaving the readers to guess.

    February 3, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Jerry

    He's anxious to get started playing the partisan game.

    February 3, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    How about we take as long to confirm Mr. Brown as long as they took to confirm Sen. Franken.

    February 3, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. SPacific

    February 11th was the date that Brown had requested to be sworn in. That date was accepted and agreed upon by all. I can't help but notice that CNN's report glossed over this fact as if the Democrats were trying to delay Brown's confirmation like the republican style delay game in Minnesota. Stick to your original agreement Brown, and enjoy your 2 year stint while you can...

    February 3, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. CR

    Sound like he's just itching to obstruct.

    February 3, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. AXH

    Good, that's exactly what he should be asking; if it had been a Dem who won they'd be asking the same thing!

    Kerry's next – Outta here!!!

    February 3, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Mesa Mick

    Easy there cowboy, easy – Just hold your water.

    You'll get certified in a timely, due process fashion and still have plenty of time to vote "NO!" on everything and anything "Obama" along with the rest of your fellow rethuglicant obstructionists.

    After all, now that you've been elected you can put party before people without feeling the least bit like the political grifter and opportunist you really are...

    February 3, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. all the news that's fit to omit

    It's the peoples seat and the ONLY reason why this is being pushed up is the gutless, lying Democraps from my state were taking their time KNOWING that votes were coming down next week and Brown got wind of it.

    Of course the Democraps said they wouldn't do that, but they are the party of Obambi, so lying is part of the pattern.

    Ted "the swimmers seat", CHECK, Dodd out, CHECK, Reid, Deval Patrick, Feingold and company, YOUR NEXT.

    February 3, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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