Mayor of Newton, Mass. announces effort to oust Sen. Scott Brown
May 9th, 2011
03:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Mayor of Newton, Mass. announces effort to oust Sen. Scott Brown

Washington (CNN) – Add another name to the list of Democrats determined to oust Republican Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown from his seat.

On Monday, Newton Mayor Setti Warren announced he will run against the first-term Republican in next year's Senate race. The Democratic mayor unveiled a web video that was part personal biography, part anti-Brown attack ad.

"Many of you don't know me. I'm probably about as well known as Scott Brown was at this point two years ago," Warren said while sitting on the lawn in front of his family home.

He continued by talking about his family, military service as an intelligence specialist in Iraq and political experience as the liaison for cabinet affairs in the Clinton administration and previous work for Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts.

Yet despite soft, soothing music playing underneath his words, Warren lashed out at Brown.

"I believe Scott Brown is an honorable man," Warren said. "But he has not been the independent voice in the Senate that so many expected him to be. He's voted 87-percent of the time with his national Republican leaders."

The mayor blasted the senator, for what he defined as, extending the Bush tax cuts for "wealthy Americans," opposing efforts to save the jobs of middle class workers, and weakening regulations on big banks.

"Scott Brown admits that he doesn't think about his own life when he votes against the very same programs that helped lift him, as a troubled teen, out of poverty," Warren continued. "Well that goes to the core of why I'm running. We can never forget the sacrifices that others made on our behalf."

Brown's campaign responded to Warren's announcement.

"It looks like there will be a very crowded Democratic primary, but the election is still 18 months away and Scott Brown's focus in the near term will continue to be on creating jobs and reducing spending," said Brown campaign spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom.

Two other Democrats previously announced they will also challenge Brown. The interest in challenging the senator comes despite Brown consistently polling well in Massachusetts.

Warren was elected in 2009, the first African-American to win a mayor's race in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that some of his constituents are grumbling that Warren should serve out his full term as mayor before seeking a higher office.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Sucker Punched. That is how more and more Americans are feeling about the GOTP.
    The 2010 election was a sucker punch to the heart and soul of the middle class.
    Never again is the message from all of these recall campaigns across the country.
    Beware, America. Republicans are going to try to cut and run with the taxpayer's money.

    May 9, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. gt

    gee... not qualified and wants more power.... how bid is his ego...looser...

    May 9, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Karen

    Setti Warren sounds like a very dishonorable man. He should grow up and stop with the name calling. He also might want to remember that President Obama took credit for extending the Bush tax cuts, so Mayor Warren leaves the "intelligence" out of intelligence analyst.

    May 9, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Stephen

    This sounds like a genuine attempt at a debate on policy. I wish that worked in my state!

    May 9, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Warren was elected in 2009, the first African-American to win a mayor's race in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that some of his constituents are grumbling that Warren should serve out his full term as mayor before seeking a higher office.
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    What a stinking self-centered quitter!! You're not going to win anyways and now you've ticked off the locals so make plans for another career after the next election.

    May 9, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Warren has too much class to say this, but what's up with Senator Brown's grandstanding by requesting he serve his reserve duty in Afghanistan? Won't that be an extra expense, during a time of budget cutting? Won't it put others in harm's way, since he'll be a target?

    Sounds like Warren would be a much better person to represent Mass.

    May 9, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Go Mr. Warren! Scott Brown is by ALL accounts a W E I R DO.

    May 9, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Good luck with that. Scott Brown has demonstrated himself to be a very good senator. One of the best in Washington, in my view.

    May 9, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. smokeabarrel

    @Karen: Stop regurgitating Gretchen Carlson talking points. Either watch news with actual facts or refrain from stupid comments.

    May 9, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @ The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Warren was elected in 2009, the first African-American to win a mayor's race in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that some of his constituents are grumbling that Warren should serve out his full term as mayor before seeking a higher office.
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    What a stinking self-centered quitter!! You're not going to win anyways and now you've ticked off the locals so make plans for another career after the next election.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Did you say the same thing about Ms. Sarah Palin?

    ***cricket sounds***

    May 9, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. John Clifford - Springfield, IL

    It sounds like Mayor Warren is taking a page from Mr. Obama's playbook...not finishing a full term before looking for higher office. Oddly Mayor Warren, Sen. Scott ran as a Republican and while not 100% in lockstep with the party does seem to be demonstrating an independent streak (which oddly he said he would.) I would like to remind Mayor Warren that all Americans are struggling to survive this recession, and we all need to keep as much of our hard earned income as possible; that's right, Mr. Mayor It's OUR money, not the government's. No matter what tax bracket we fall into we are already taxed enough. It's the private sector that creates jobs, and right now, this government is doing everything it can to prevent that from happening. Sen. Brown is doing what he feels is in the best interest of the country to reverse the damage done; I can only presume that if you unseated Sen. Brown, you would do what's in the best interest of the Democrat party to continue the march toward socialism democrats seem intent on delivering to the American people.

    May 9, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Republicans - "The Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Mr. Brown – What, exactly have you done, to create a job?

    Tax cuts DO NOT creat jobs. They create BIGGER DEFICITS.

    You and your non-thinking Republican cabal mates are borrowing money from China to give a tax cut to Bill Gates & Warren Buffet. How does that create a job? It put's upward, inflationary pressure on interest rates, that's what it does.

    Innovative products which fill an unmet need generates jobs. Jobs come from consumer demand. What can you do, as a member of the government to CREATE an INNOVATIVE PRODUCT?

    Now, if you want to STEAL jobs from another state in America, then you can lower say the CORPORATE Income tax rate so that companies relocate from Alabama to your state Massachusetts. But let's be real, that doesn't CREATE a JOB. It just rearranges the the distribution in the country.

    Now if you want to STEAL jobs from other countries, prevent those firms from having access to American consumers unless they produce those products in America. This is how you can CREATE JOBS in America that currently are not here – while NOT adding to the Deficit.

    May 9, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Republican Robber Baron

    Yes Scott Brown is first and foremost a typical CORPORATIST that sides with the Big $ lobbyists. We don't need more sheep that are puppets for the millionaires and billionaires that get wined/dined by sheister lobbyists that eat with diamond plated spoons. We need Congress to represent the needs of the middle-class and average Americans...not the fat cats that are already getting trillions in Corporate Welfare, Subsidies and other perks.

    May 9, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |