Scott Brown to hit campaign trail
June 21st, 2013
09:23 AM ET
2 years ago

Scott Brown to hit campaign trail

(CNN) – Scott Brown will be back on the campaign trail Monday in Massachusetts - not for himself but for the fellow Bay State Republican who hopes to take a page out of the former senator's political playbook.

Brown was a little known state lawmaker in January 2010 when he upset Martha Coakley, the commonwealth's Democratic attorney general, in a special Senate election to fill the remainder of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died the previous summer.

Fast forward to present day and Gabriel Gomez, a businessman and former Navy Seal, is hoping to follow in Brown's footsteps. Gomez is the GOP nominee and the underdog in Tuesday's special Senate election in Massachusetts against longtime Democratic Rep. Ed Markey. The winner will serve the remaining year and a half of the term of Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who stepped down earlier this year to become U.S. secretary of state.

Gomez's campaign confirms to CNN that Brown will team up with Gomez at the candidate's final rally Monday night, on the eve of the election. Markey has led in the public opinion polls, with the two most recent surveys released this week by the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald putting Gomez down by double digits. But a pro-GOP survey released Thursday indicated a much closer contest.

Brown, who lost the Senate seat last November when he was defeated by Democrat Elizabeth Warren, passed on running in this special election. But if he had run, Brown said in an interview earlier this week with a local TV station in Boston that he "absolutely" could have beaten Markey.

Brown has signed his name to fundraising emails to help Gomez, and said "when I can do things, I'm happy to," but he added in his interview with Fox 25 that the Gomez campaign has "a different strategy, trying to do it and be his own person, and you know, show off what his credentials are and try to do it on their own."

While Gomez has had such big GOP names as Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani stump with him on the campaign trail, Markey has teamed up with all the heavy hitters from the Democratic Party. In the past couple of weeks President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama traveled to Massachusetts to help out Markey. Saturday Vice President Joe Biden makes the trek to the Bay State.

The winner of Tuesday's election will succeed William "Mo" Cowan. Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick appointed his former chief of staff to serve as interim senator after Kerry stepped down.

The Democrats currently hold a slim 54-46 majority over the Republicans in the Senate. Their coalition includes 52 Democrats and two independent senators who caucus with the Democrats.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Thomas Antel

    Brown said in an interview earlier this week with a local TV station in Boston that he "absolutely" could have beaten Markey.

    Arrogance !

    June 21, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Walter Adams

    He's an embarrassment, but he's ours. He keeps us humble enough to know better than to laugh at Rick Perry.

    June 21, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "But a pro-GOP survey released Thursday indicated a much closer contest"

    You'd think GOPerville would have learned its lesson with the "Romney landslide (that didn't happen)" talking points they pushed over and over again last year. Reminds me of the GOP rebranding effort (that isn't happening) taking place within the RNC.

    June 21, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    So, let me get this straight. Brown is "hitting the campaign trail" on Monday and the election is Tuesday, the very next day? Doesn't the phrase "hitting the campaign trail" carry with it the connotation that your efforts will last for more than a few hours?

    I saw the headline and figured Brown was devoting a weekend to the race, going shoulder to shoulder, appearing on stage with Gomez. No, he's just attending the final campaign rally.

    June 21, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Data Driven

    Ha ha, true that, Rudy. One past loser hesitatingly appears at a last-minute campaign event for a future loser. The All-New CNN interprets this as: hitting the campaign trail. Citing favorable-looking internal campaign polling is just gravy.

    June 21, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Tom

    Rudy NYC - I think this qualifies as a "bare minimum" effort by Brown. Brown doesn't want to be accused of not supporting Gomez, but he doesn't want to be seen backing a losing candidate either. So it's a few token campaign appearances the day before the election. If by some miracle Gomez wins, Brown can claim he's the king maker. If Gomez loses, Brown can shrug and say he tried to help. What a guy.

    June 21, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Golly Man,
    Just think, still high unemployment, millions of Food Stamps. Millions of Morgages under water, a nearly 17 Trillion Dollar Federal debt and rising. most States deep in the Red. So what. I ask is the problem? I know! We don't have enough Democrats in Office! Those dirty Republicians are screwing us! How dare they move off shore so we can't steal all their money. More democrats I say !!!

    June 21, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |