February 4th, 2010
11:36 AM ET
11 years ago

Senator-elect Brown staffing up

Washington (CNN) - Hours before he will be sworn into office, Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown named Steven Schrage his chief of staff Thursday.

Schrage recently held the Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a policy firm in Washington, D.C.

"Steven Schrage is a professional who knows his way around Washington," Brown said in a statement. "His knowledge and experience will be extremely useful in helping to advance the work of my office as we build the best team in the Senate to serve the people of Massachusetts."

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Mike in MN

    Things are changing, for the better. After a year of unfettered liberal progressive rule voters have seen enough. Conservatives look like the better choice when voters get a chance to see a clear contrast to progressives. Nation has always been center right. Conservatives are going to be returned to power and activated and motivated voters will not let them go astray as they did under Bush.

    February 4, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Total BS


    February 4, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Another Dumb Right Winger

    How long before D.C. tempts him into voting for socialist-marxist-fascist Obozo Kenyan big government.

    February 4, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    No doubt the left wing nuts will say he is jumping the gun.

    February 4, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Peggy- TX

    Looking forward to see if Mr. Brown has a backbone and will vote independently for measures that benefit those that elected him. If he wants to serve for more then just two years, he will need to stand strong and break the strangle hold of Republican opposition in the Senate. If he caves like all the other Republican Senators to the directive of party first, America second, he will be exposed as a fraud. Maybe he can lead his party to have a more moderate platform supportive of a women’s right to control her own party.

    February 4, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Conservative Voice

    Go get them Senator!

    February 4, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Len (Colorado)

    A very interesting fact about the Mass. election of Scott Brown.

    41 % of Democrats who abandoned the Democratic Party and voted for Brown because of the Health Care Bill, where not exactly sure why they opposed it!

    Americans need to stop listening to the talking heads and start to become self-educated on the issues!

    Folks, we are in trouble. We are to busy watching and listening to people who really do not care about all Americans. Stop watching reality TV shows and get educated!

    Another note reported today: Health Care consumed 17.3 % of all spending in the US economy last year-roughly 2.5 trillion dollars!
    The health care sector share of the Gross Domestic Product grew 1.1 percent in 2009, the single largest one-year jump in 50 years!

    February 4, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    It's my understanding that a lot of staffers that have bailed on Nutjob Bachmann are applying for a decent sane position on Brown's staff. I'm sure they will like it MUCH better.

    February 4, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. gary davis harbor oregon

    good luck but he already forgot who his boss is ( republicans ) he will learn real soon just how far he can go or say anything .. he is owned by the republican purist party of NO so that tells me he can't be any kind of threat to anyone other than himself. and his party of NO πŸ™‚

    February 4, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Michael

    Brown will be sworn in today and the Democrats did not act to pass pending healthcare legislation before he could be sworn in nor when they saw he had a tremendous lead in the polls weeks, if not months, before the election.

    And for that, this Democrat is going to sit out this year's mid-term elections.

    February 4, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. aware

    Bravo Senator Brown! πŸ™‚

    February 4, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Right Leaning Independent

    Hey Scott, ask the Dems to start cleaning their offices out for all of the Repubs that will follow in November!!! Time to move the big spending liberals out to pasture!!

    February 4, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Mike in MN

    2010 will see many more new conservatives in the House and Senate staff up.
    After one year of out of control spending and more and more big government, voters have had their fill of the Democrats liberal progressive agenda.
    Conservatives, mostly Republicans but perhaps some Democrat Blue Dogs also, will be running on the following:
    1) Cut spending not just freeze a small portion of it to reduce the deficits.
    2) Reduce the size of government to help reduce the deficits.
    3) Promise limited government that does not intrude on our liberties and freedoms.
    4) Propose common sense market driven solutions to grow the economy, not big government big spending solutions that drag the economy down instead of grow it.
    5) Promise to pass term limits on both the House and Senate.
    6) Promise to oppose any attempt to pass a cap and trade bill that would be a jobs killier and harm the economy for no good reason.
    7) Propose common sense solutions to fix health care that do not amount to a trillion plus dollar big government take over.

    February 4, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It would be wise of Republicans to watch Brown with a jaundice eye.

    February 4, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Doraine Gordon

    I'm still waiting for him to do something for the people. I haven't seen anything yet. He is suppose to have that magic touch when it comes to jobs and fixing problems. All I have heard so far is how he is going to block Obama's agenda with his 41st vote. He hasn't seen any bills yet but has already decided that he will vote against everything Obama tries to do. With that attitude, I see him as a one term Senator.

    February 4, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    I bet Teddy is turning over in his grave right now. I hope they buried him with a few bottles of booze. He could probably use a good stiff drink right about now. πŸ™‚

    February 4, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Sue

    Hooray Scott Brown!!!

    I can't wait to see your face in Washington.

    You have helped to save our economy/country-–by taking away the power/control of Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the liberal Democrats.

    The citizens/voters will make sure that our economy/country remains safe-–as many Democrats are going to be sent to the unemployment lines with the 2010 elections.

    February 4, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Mike in MN

    Obama's recent actions, I believe, will lead to many more new Republicans in the House and Senate joing Brown after the November elections.
    I thought Obama had something going in his SOTU speech. It sounded like he hit a lot of notes that might bring the independents back his way. A new reach out for bipartisionship, some centerist policy proposals like cutting capitial gains taxes for small business, controling spending and reducing the deficits, including more nuke power plants, offshore drilling and clean coal in the energy big picture.
    Independents like all of these. While they have learned you can't count on what Obama says, if he were to take real action and make these happen, independents would be pleased.
    But in just a few days he has blown that all away.
    Obama pretense to a real bipartisian out reach and more civility is now clearly a joke. He trashs the Republicans daily while claiming to want to work with them. The trashing is sure to fire up his base but the pycho approach to bipartisianship is certain to turn off the independents.
    Obama's new budget proves he has no real commitment to reducing the deficit or control spending . His budget grows spending by 300 billion and despite all his grandstanding about all the deficit reduction in it, it increases the deficit by 256 billion over last year. A real trick considering last year the economy was in a recession and 2010 is projected as a year of economic growth. A growing economy brings in more tax revenue and should reduce the deficit not grow it. Clearly Obama's spending growth is greater than the growth in revenue for his new budget. Any hope Obama may have had winning the independents back is lost with this budget. Any trust he may have hoped to renew is lost. Any crediblity he may have hoped to regain will not be realized.

    February 4, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. mario

    No trust

    February 4, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Jane/Seattle

    Hmmm. Google is my friend! Look forward to the research later today.

    February 4, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    Hmm, ambitious; eager; energetic; anxious; excited... What are we in for – I think he will start out 'trying' to do the right thing... We shall see??

    February 4, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |