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. billy123

    Please rhis is not a repeat of Mr. Smith goes to Congress. Maybe the Dems should demand a recount and drag this thing out for seven months? I seem to remember a U.S. Senate Race where the looser the GOP incumbent dragged this thing out for seven months. It is amazing how the GOP is and how the general public forget the facts.

    February 3, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Taylor

    Let's not forget how quickly democrats have moved to swear in their own.

    February 3, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. bill

    Does anybody remember that when Obama was a senator he was deemed the LEAST bipartisan senator? The hateful democrats have a short memory. All rhetoric, no facts.

    February 3, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. mario

    Brown the big head of Massachusetts

    February 3, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. just_some_guy

    oh and im an moderate independant, i have liberal views and conservative views.. just wanted to clear that up..

    February 3, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Ruth

    Demands? Sounds like the typical republican. Overbearing and uncoperative.

    February 3, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. No Incumbents 2010

    Brown sure is full of himself to start making demands like this as the Senator who is 100th in seniority.

    February 3, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. AKsteve

    Pushy, cocky and arrogant. Yup – typical GOP.

    Of course the rules don't apply to him – he is a Republican.

    February 3, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. Ben

    Government of the corporations, for the corporations, by the corporations.

    God Bless Corporate America.

    February 3, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    Al-queda is so proud of all the work the Right-wing is doing to destroy our country! I'm nearing the point where I'm beginning to believe the country needs another Civil war, so we can exterminate once and for all the Conservatives / GOPPERS / Teabaggers that are a festering cancer in our society. How's that for radical? Scary talk like that makes the Right-wingers cower under their beds, peeing all over themselves in nervous fright. I didn't fight and return home a disabled Vet to protect / enable these sub-humans. Death to Conservatism and it's wretched supporters! Save America from our worst enemy in history, the Right-wing.

    February 3, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. JDQ

    Well! This guy already has "the big head" – a sure sign of doom to come when he trips over his own ego and falls headlong into scandal, followed by well-deserved obscurity. A prime example of ego run amok.

    February 3, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Florida Joe

    Why is everyone missing the point that Senator Brownie requested the Feb 11th date to have time to hire his staff...............Way to go Repubs lie about EVERYTHING no matter how small

    February 3, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Jeff from Chicago

    So, the democrats will change the law to make sure they can get a democrat seated before votes in Congress, but they won't follow the law so a republican can get seated?

    This is getting out of hand by a party run amuck.

    So what's the excuse this time?
    (you know there's an excuse if the democrats are wrong)

    The republicans did it so we can too?
    How 5 year old.

    February 3, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. Herman from Chicago

    I'm not sure why this election hasn't been certified already...his opponent conceded the election the following day didn't she? What good reason is there for delaying this other than Democrats dragging out the process deliberately?

    February 3, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. New Ideas In MA

    It is about time MA voted in someone with common sense instead of the stick it to the tax payer politicians. We need to clean up MA politics and get rid of the current lineup of bums.

    February 3, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. Nevada dude

    Keep your shirt on, pretty boy, no one is trying to cheat you out of anything.

    Just keep in mind a Northeast Republican is still a blue dog democrat anywhere else in the country. you wont pass the RNC 'purity test' and you wont be reelected another term.

    have fun while it lasts.

    February 3, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. MsDp

    Can't wait to see what he has to offer. I hope he is not a dummy for the GOP. But I bet ya he is.....

    February 3, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Val in MA

    RDE: Brown has already been voted in. You are, oh, about two weeks behind on the news buddy. Brown IS our new Senator from Massachusetts and we are proud of him.

    February 3, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. Larry S

    So many, many of you think this does not reflect the wishes of the majority of Americans. I would expect Brown to have more respect than Obie . . . of course, that is not saying too much.

    February 3, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. Eric

    P.S. If you wonder what Brown's camp actually said, read the PDF link in the article and tell us where the word "demand" appears. The letter is nothing more than a statement of the facts and a request.

    P.P.S. If you doubt the misleading effect of the headline, read how many commenters focus on the "demand" claim contained in the headline. As CNN is well aware, a significant portion of the public will not bother to read the article; they form their impressions based on the headline.

    February 3, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    DEMANDS???? Can you imagine IF a Democrat demanded such a thing!?

    The state of Massachusetts has LAWS, Brown is not above the law!

    Yes, he won, but will the Cons please, do us all a favor and look up Massachusetts state law!

    Good grief talk about arrogance!

    February 3, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. steve

    Reading the story, I do not see the word demand anywhere except the headline. It states he "wants" certification. There is a difference between "demanding" and "wanting." People who say he is demanding, need to go back and reread the article. They may learn something!

    February 3, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Norm

    Brown can take a number and get in line behind all of the Obama's nominations that the GOP are holding up. Once all of those are confirmed, they can discuss Brown.

    February 3, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Tom L.

    Anyone trying to compare seating Al Franken to Scott Brown is just ridiculous. You know how dishonest you are being by making that comparison.

    Franken's "win" was contested and subject to recounts. This is not the case with Scott Brown.

    When Kennedy won his election, he was seated 2 days later.

    February 3, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. D-Sea

    These comments are a joke. The Left thinks the Mass. election was a bunch of uninformed idiots voting or that Coakley ran a crappy campaign. The Right thinks it was a mandate for their policies. What It was, was Independents saying to each of you morons to shut up! Far left and far right policies will not dictate the direction of OUR Nation anymore. Independents make up more votes than Dems and Repubs combined. Watch how we vote all incumbents the hell out. We are a moderate Country and it will be us, the Idependents, who lay out direction of the US. Watch the Del and Ill. elections. Both parties are done!

    February 3, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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