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. ran

    Let him in as fast as possible so the ill informed voters of MA. and the rest of the country can see what voting for a Republicans will get us: fear/hate/obstructionism and a purist party.

    People if you are upset, voting for a Republican in 2010 or 2012 will not help. You need to vote for either an Independent or a TRUE Democrat if you want any real change.

    Do not be as ill informed and naive as the voters in MA were.

    February 3, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. trish

    Some Americans have become a bunch of whiners,it is sickening.Did you notice the republicans during the state of the union speech sitting there like a bunch of confused nursing home patients.Most of them in poor health and don`t know what or why they vote no on everything but somebody who looks like them told them to do it ...just like not applauding the President on anything he said,this type of 50`s and 60`s jim crow hatred needs to stop.They probaly forgot why that hate other peole but just remembered that it needs to be done.Our world is trying to move past the ignorance that the republicans want to hang on to and we all are sick of it.

    February 3, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. uncle ellsworthey

    Sorta seems like to me the democrats/liberals are scared of this man, kinda like their fear of Gov Palin. There whining and denials are actually pretty funny. They should have known what was comming from the townhall meetings and Tea Parties this past summer. Ridicule all you want at either of them but it is to your detriment to do so. Real changes are coming, not what we are currently being dealt. Massachusetts voters have spoken, they know what they want and some of you would do well to heed what they are telling you. It is the wave of the future.

    February 3, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Gary, Sacramento

    Way to spin the title, CNN. The letter 'requests' expedited handling, not 'demands' it. Journalism at its finest, huh.

    February 3, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Captain Awesome

    Go Brown! You know the dumocrats will drag their feet in a desperate attempt to pass more budget busting bills before Brown gets seated. Real change is coming to the U.S. Senate!

    February 3, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Carlos M

    Scott Brown can't wait to demonstrate his "independence" by voting in lock-step with his GOP obstructionists to block 2 lower-level, non-controversial Obama appointees. Let's watch this "maverick" in action and hope the media calls him out for what he actually does rather than what he said he would do.

    February 3, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Kate

    Yep, hurry up and get him certified so he can obstruct any progress to set this country in the right direction.Just join the "no" crowd with the rest of the republicans in Washington. Republicans say they love the country, but seems to me that they hate it when they don't care enough to help things and the President. Is they anyone with enough character in the republican party to stand up to the no crowd? They were elected to support our country not just their own personal gain.

    February 3, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "You will WAIT until the LAW allows you to be certified. Senator Kennedy had to wait. So must you!"

    Oh Fake Sniffit, you amuse me. Finally snuck one in right next to mine tho eh? Did you forget your pills today?

    February 3, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Ain't life strange?

    "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."

    Note here that it wasn't about the qualifications of the two nominees, but rather that they were OBAMA'S nominees. It stinks of the same old party of 'no'. I wonder if Brown can list any of the two nominees' accomplishments/disadvantages?

    February 3, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Ain't life strange?

    Excuse me Captain Awsome... Clinton...surplus...Bush 1.3 trillion in debt and a collapsing economy. What was that about Obama?

    February 3, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Reagan raised taxes and tripled the debt.

    Gee, look, the new Ken doll even talks and does nasty obstructionist things.

    February 3, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Ain't life strange?

    Hey...Uncle Wellsworthy.. I hope your among the top 1% wage earners. If your not, what the GOP is bringing won't include you!

    February 3, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. MaineMan

    Hey "Pockets", this guy going to be another "NO" man because of all you idiotic Kool-aid drnkers perception of today's government and history. The agenda and arrogance of this administration makes Bush look like Mother Teresa !!! It's been a long time since I could say I was proud of my home state. And look out. The tea parties are real, and they will only get better. Enough is enough we say !!!

    February 3, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. Debbie

    Hey Captain Awesome, maybe you didn't read it. He didn't say anything about the budget. This is just a Republican move more than a Brown move to make sure that Obama doesn't have his full staff. Dawn Johnsen is still waiting on starting her job a year later. Why are they preventing qualified people from doing their jobs? Johnsen did this before, and no one complained one bit about her performance. What's the problem now? It's just a matter of playing politics. This country will never be healthy until people say no to politics as a strategy. Shame on Washington, shame on voters!

    February 3, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. Dan

    Hurry up and certify him so he can join the party of no ideas,party of no,party that panders to money,party that thinks there better then everyone else.Mass you ask for what you get.

    February 3, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. RDE

    Go ahead and vote Brown in so that he can join the Party of No (PON). He is not really an Independent. Whatever the heck that is. Brown is trying to get his 15 minutes of fame. It's ashame that he is running now because he will eventually get ripped to shreds for following along with the GOP agenda. Way to get on the ship Brown. I am looking for your face to show up at the Tea Party so that you can also go down on that boat!!!!

    February 3, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. Truth Squad

    Trish needs a memory, as well as all the leftist partisans who come to this site without facts but hate.

    When Bush was President, from 2002-2006 The Democrats voted in lockstep against everything the PResident wanted despite two clear election victories.

    Howard Dean ran on a platform of "If Bush is for it, I am against it". I often joke back then that Democrats needed to keep Bush as part of their team in order to find out what to vote against.

    However, silly 2nd grade slogans that mean nothing like "Party of No" don't get you very far off the recess playground.

    Democrats fought a war to lose the Iraq war here at home in order to defeat Bush and then took congress in 2006 with a majority.

    Whenever Bush gave a speech the Democrats sat on their hands the whole time and not only didn't applaud but booed the President any chance they got and even let in code pink protestors to shout Epithets at our President.

    Short memories in deed

    Good thing I can come here a learn how "Tea Parties are astro-turf" (Though it's proven they are not), and that GOP can't win elections (just look at what Brown can do for you.)

    If the comments weren't so hateful it might be funny.

    February 3, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. B

    They are in a hurry to get in there and Block any legislation that Obama is trying to put forth, as we all know...

    Cattle on the railroad track !!

    February 3, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Ain't life strange?

    @Maineman

    Sorry to say... all tea parties come to an end. This is about a loud, arrogant, entitled and ill informed group who the media has made out to be an emerging majority. Sorry, dude. It ain't gonna happen. Brown didn't win Mass because if the tea party clan... it was the ineffectiveness of his opponent. She deserved to loose. Come on... who takes a vacation in the middle of a campaign??

    February 3, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Donkey Party

    Typical Republican aswhole playing politics. He was ok with FEB 11, if he wasn't ok with that, why make a big public deal over it? You'll score plenty of Fox News points for contradicting yourself.

    February 3, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Mrs. S Callahan

    No offense CNN...but could you report on some news that will really make a difference...eternal....
    Netanyahu said at the ceremony.

    "Armed with the Jewish spirit, the justice of man, and the vision of the prophets, we sprouted new branches and grew deep roots. Dry bones became covered with flesh, a spirit filled them, and they lived and stood on their own feet, as Ezekiel prophesized:

    "Then He said to me, 'Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, 'Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!' Therefore prophesy and say to them, thus says the Lord God, 'Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves."

    February 3, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. pattyd

    Brown is so full of himself right now!! What have you done Mass.???

    February 3, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. just_some_guy

    so the gdp numbers are not a sign of anything this administrations done? if u believe that these numbers are not a direct result from what was done in the beginning of 09, then u aint to good at math.. see im not a good speller so i dont go running my mouth about peoples spelling mistakes.. i like math and i can tell some of u bozos that u should be applauding what Obama has done for what he was dealt with... and see i also listen to credible econonmists... the economists i listen to do not have a last name of beck or limbaugh and there from both sides of the isle.. and they are the ones laughing at all u people that think Obama is out to get u.. lol lol lol

    as far as this new senator.. i dont really know i dont know anything about him so i cant say what he wants..

    February 3, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Joan

    Just another pretty face – Just like Sister Sarah. It did not take us long to see what Sarah is made of and soon the MA voters will see what Mr. Brown is made of. He made a robo call to me asking me to vote for Senator McCain. What does he know about Arizona politics. He should just come here and live for awhile. I certainly will NOT vote for Senator McCain.

    Joan

    February 3, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. branecia

    He is just another wanna be-he is not for anyone but himself and his counterparts- another no man just like the rest of these nut brain republicans-he is not true to himself look at what he went against everything good and only voted badly for the american peoples,but it is alright he want be there long-since Massachu.went republican they will see also when he gives them nothing at all, just another so call pretty boy on the block to make himself look stupid and that is all he can do-who do he think he is trying to get in washington before the ink is dryed-he is just another one to try and bring PRESIDENT OBAMA, down he is not there to do good only to join his rich friends and get richer from our tax dollars to pay his salary and his health insurance because they are not paying any of their health care,the tax payers are.

    February 3, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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