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. John

    Brown demands certification 'immediately'

    Sure. Brown should be seated as quickly as Al Franken got seated. That is to say: after a long delay.

    February 3, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Proud to be the Party of NO Socialism!

    The whole thing is ridiculous. Brown didn't "demand" anything. Of course facts meet very little to certain people when all they want to do is spout off.

    February 3, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Albo58

    Massachusetts "amended" (read: broke) the law to put in that sitting Kennedy stooge, who has been a dependable Dimwit rubber-stamp since he got there! And now, the Dimwits are going to have to actually abide by the law and allow the man who was elected by the majority of people (not an inept governor and his loyal drones in Boston)! Brown got the job for calling some of the stupid things that have been done over the last year...well, stupid! And in the future if there is stupid legislation that does not pass the common sense test, then I hope he obstructs all day long and twice on Sunday!

    February 3, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. john

    What an arrogant jerk... Scott Brown pretends to be regular guy and drives a pickup truck... Yeah right. What a scam... He will soon start driving his Mercedes and voting against everything that "regular people" need, like jobs bills, healthcare and banking reform. What a shame. Hopefully he will face a real opponent next time...

    February 3, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Kev in Canada

    wow, he didn't waste any time in adopting the Republican arrogance. Forget about everything going on in the country and the world, put all that on hold and get ME into office now. Yes, I am Canadian. But the general belief of most Canadians and my friends from around the world is that the US Republican party is dated at best and dangerous at it's worst. Dated because they chose "Joe the Plumber" as the face of America. That should have showed how out of touch they are with most people. Dangerous because of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, FOX news and their followers. No one is going to agree with President Obama all the time. But as long as Beck, Limbaugh, et al. have any say in it, the President's life is in danger. That is not an exaggeration.

    February 3, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Paul H

    He got elected. The people have spoken. He deserves to be sworn in. Bottom line. Right is right.

    February 3, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. debbie

    Other 49 states to Brown: drop dead. Soon enough you'll be wondering what you got yourself into. True, you have that great hair that Republicans like to vote for but...well, you'll find out on your own.

    February 3, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. m smith

    Maybe he has a phot shoot that he needs to get to. Lets see how he works with the members across the isle. What a joke

    February 3, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. The Lady

    What is the rush? something might change?

    February 3, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Silly Season II

    I'm a diehard Dem, and I say certify him. It's not going to make any difference. One more person in the Party of No, saying "no" is not news.

    The Dems will try to lead the country in spite of the dead weight.

    February 3, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. Jim

    The party of WAAAHHH whines again...

    February 3, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    Scott Brown DENIED talking to Sarah Palin when she phoned and congratulated him on winning in MA.... Then, he said, "oh yea, I remember!!" I think democrats just might appreciate Scott Brown because he seems NOT to want too much of the far RIGHT nor the far LEFT... It could be he wants to vote WITH President Obama than AGAINST... THOUGHT???

    February 3, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. judy

    Better hurry up so he can say "NO" to anything Obama might want, disgusting! Sad to see Mass. voted him in. They deserve what they get.

    February 3, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. methuselah

    This yokel demands....so what. Seat him, fine, if thats the law, seat him. But enough of this celebrity. The hypocrites of the right wing hated Barack Obama for being a nobody State Senator turned Senator toying with Presidential ambitions, and now how do they respond? One of their own. Putz.

    February 3, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. EX-republican

    Whoaa, lets slow this thing down here. Deval Patrick should move at the same speed as Gov. Pawlenty did in seating Al Franken. Look how many months Minnesota voters were without their junior senator. Give the REPUGS a dose of THEIR OWN MEDICINE. Those whiny republicans have a really short memory. We better investigate vote improprieties and get to it as sloooowly as possible.

    February 3, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. ted

    huff, puff, puff, he's already certified, this is a sham event

    February 3, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. Ben in Lansing, MI

    Democrats are the "Party of No". Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. TCM

    I love to see the liberals whining here; they're such a bunch of America-haters....anyone, especially, "ain't that strange," who doesn't think a wave of conservatism, who IS the majority isn't taking over...wait until Nov, and you can join Obama in Neverland....

    liberalism is dying...because sensible Americans are standing up and taking back the country from the democratic loons....

    February 3, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. Truth Squad? NOT!!!!

    There were many distortions in your post as per your republicon talking points. I only need to point out that the election count was halted when George W (worthless drunk) sued to stop because he was LOSING! His daddy's hand picked Supreme Court raped America by selecting that transplanted idiot from the east to Texas and began the second darkest years of American History.

    You convinced no one. Like your fellow republicons YOU FAILED miserably.

    February 3, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Minnesota gal

    Oh my....why didn't they certify Franken immediately when he won over Coleman. OH I know..the republicans fought it , because they wanted Coleman to file law suit, after law suit, after law suit, trying to manufacture votes so he could win.

    Guess it is a lot of difference when it is a republican they expect preferred treatment...as always.

    February 3, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. StevieB

    I can't wait to find out what his big scandal is. With an ego as huge as his, you know he's pulling something – or someone.

    February 3, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. Al, CA

    Elections in Massachusetts have shown that trying to reach GOP Obama may loose progressives, and gain nothing.

    Obama should not cooperate with GOP – party of religious extremists and financial crooks.

    February 3, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  23. Will Work for Health Care

    Please remember this Brown... you really didn't win... Coakley lost. She got complacent and lazy with her expectations of President Obama pulling her out in the 11th hour. too late...
    Get over yourself Scottie. You, like your brothers in the Party of "For the Party", still have no ideas. After a year it really doesn't seem you will. Just say NO like the rest of them. You'll go real far ;) for sure.

    February 3, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  24. seanm

    Oh great our playmate Senator will go to Washington now and kill health care reform and financial reform. Maybe he'll let his truck vote.

    February 3, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. Marcus

    Honestly, I don't know the guy. I don't live in MA and never saw much more than his resume in independent sources in the web.
    Hope he manages to do something in these two years and a few months that he has to show his true colors. I honestly hopes he's there to do something like a senator, and not like a 'drone from the GOP' as some people are fearing in this blog.

    February 3, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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