Washington (CNN) – Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who made his pickup truck a successful campaign prop earlier this year, is being accused by a liberal interest group of trading it in for a limousine following his votes against moving forward on the Democrat's financial reform bill.
Americans United for Change makes the charge against the new Republican senator in a 15 second TV commercial set to run over two days on three Boston area cable channels: CNN, FOX and MSNBC, an Americans United spokesman tells CNN. The ad, which the spokesman acknowledged is a small buy, will begin airing on Wednesday.
"When Scott Brown ran for Senate he said he was a guy from Wrentham, Massachusetts that rode around in a truck," an announcer says. "Now he's voting like a guy from Wall Street who drives around in a limo. Tell Scott Brown to stop voting with Wall Street. Time to hold the big banks accountable."
Gail Gitcho, Brown's spokeswoman, took issue with the ad saying it is false to say that Brown opposes financial reform as well as the accusation his campaign was fueled by special interests. She noted that 150,000 people donated to his campaign, with the average donation less than $100. Brown raised $14 million in his successful bid to fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat.
"Senator Brown is an independent voice, not a rubber stamp for anyone," Gitcho said. "Senator Brown believes that we need financial reform – and that it needs to be done in a bipartisan way that protects the safety of our financial system, as well as the interests of taxpayers and consumers. He is standing with Massachusetts businesses that are opposed to the bill as written. Senator Brown is not voting against financial reform, instead he is voting for Republicans and Democrats to continue bipartisan negotiations to come up with a compromise bill."
Brown's win was a huge victory for Republicans who now have the 41 votes needed to sustain a filibuster in the Senate. Democrats are expected to spend large amounts of money to try and defeat Brown, who's expected to run for a full six year term in 2012.