February 3rd, 2010
05:37 PM ET
7 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. John

    Congrats to Sen.-Elect Brown in asking for this exception on behalf of the citizens of Massachusetts and the US. Also, congrats to Governor Patrick for putting politics aside and certifying the results ASAP on behalf of the citizens of Massachusetts, and the US.

    February 3, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Elle in WA

    Man, could this guy showboat any more? He might as well come out and say, "Get me in there so I can make sure nothing passes." What a jerk.

    February 3, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I thought they already certify him, what's the freaking hold up?

    I know is a process but I think they should do it within a period of time. He won and I'm sure the state of Mass. wants him already working.

    February 3, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. A True Centrist

    In the last special election in MA, Nicki Tsongas (a Democrat) was sworn in within two days of the election.

    I'm not sure why it would take almost a month to certify the election results and swear in Scott Brown (a Republican), other than party affiliation. The man earned his seat, now give it to him!

    February 3, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. tess

    the sleazy dems will prolong this as long as they can – but that is exactly why they will be losing even more in 2010 – they are incredibly corrupt and even massachusetts saw it! keep it up dems, your days are numbered!!!

    February 3, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Vivian McRae

    Sarah Palin in pants, can't wait ti hear what he has to say next

    February 3, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Marilyn

    The Democrats will stall this as long as possible. And they talk about Republicans being obstructionists!

    February 3, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Arrogance goes over like a lead balloon in the Senate, Scottso. You are #100 in line. You don't get to demand a dang thing.

    February 3, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. harold

    The dude..Mr. Brown is getting excited about giving the Republicans their 41 votes for a filibuster...huh?..Or more obstruction of Democracy.....Filibusters are anti Democarcy.. Whats wrong with getting things done with 51 votes out of 100 senate votes?

    February 3, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi

    The Democrats will drag their feet anyway that they can. They still haven't listened to the vote of the real Americans!

    February 3, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. moses

    You better believe if Martha CHOKELY had won, she would have been certified long before now.

    February 3, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. HSNP

    Keep yer shirt on, pretty boy.

    February 3, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Brown is just another political egomaniac who takes himself too seriously.

    February 3, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. richard

    this is nothing but the republicans filling this senator's [brown] head w/ hot air. they must have him thinking that palin and him will be the next pres, and VP. but unlike the repubs the democrats sit on thier lazy azz and won't get a "opposition research file" on this mr. brown...... and like sarah p. there is all kinds of skeletons in "them " closets....... the republicans believe in search and destory. so get off your butts democrats..... and find that dirt.

    February 3, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    what a jerk

    February 3, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. southerncousin

    Pretty amazingly hypocritical when you compare how fast Franken was sworn in when the democrats needed his vote, but then hypocritical is liberal.

    February 3, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. american patriot


    Before his JOHNSON flops out on another magizine spread...........

    Dude is just GROSS

    February 3, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Jay

    Since Martha Coakley has conceded this is a no brainer. Its time for Massachusetts to certify their new Senator. He was elected on 19 Jan. That is over the two weeks the state said it would take.

    February 3, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Molly Weasley

    So the sooner he gets sworn in, the sooner he can start obstructiing. Way to go, Sen. Ken Doll.

    ]I hope Democrats have learned that they can't "pull a Coakley." They have to go out and actually CAMPAIGN if they want to win elections.

    February 3, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. tired of dumb stuff

    Why has he not been sworn in?
    Are they trying to block his vote?

    This administartion is out of control

    I want Brown as president in 2012

    Swear him in now, so we can get a new, fresh voice under 60 with a brain in his head that can actually try to save us

    Maybe someone that does not either fall asleep at the state of the union like the other tired useless senators or one that also may help us

    February 3, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Paul

    Oh, heck no. Suddenly the Republicans have respect for the Democratic processes. Tim Pawlenty was certainly publicly encouraged by Republicans outside his state to delay Senator Franken's certification. Why are Democrats not given credit for certifying the results in a timely manner? More than that, why the heck should they?

    February 3, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. joe m

    interesting, isn't it, how democrats in MA can make things happen quickly when it benefits them, but get so concerned about rules, regulations, and procedures when there's little in it for them. the MA governor and legislature make themselves appear corrupt and highly partisan by playing these games. brown's victory is uncontested and decisive. he IS the chosen representative of the MA voters. the state government needs to certify him and send him off to do the people's bussiness.

    February 3, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. LoLo

    Why such the big hurry? He has some debts to pay back within the republican party? The GOP is definitely the biggest joke of the decade. Nothing but old farts.

    February 3, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Mike

    How long did it take to certify that Saturday Night Live guy?

    February 3, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Anthony

    So he wants his certification to be rushed so he can hurry up and start voting NO on stuff, and hinder (obstruct) any progress Obama will attempt to make????? Oh brother

    February 3, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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