April 28th, 2010
11:05 AM ET
12 years ago

Massachusetts Republican targeted in new TV ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/28/art.amerunited.brown.0428.youtube.jpg caption="Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is the target of a new ad."]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.

Filed under: Massachusetts • Scott Brown
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Hugo

    This Wall Street witch hunt is absurd to anyone with half a thinking brain, political pandering for the dimwits. Who deregulated the banking industry to allow derivative mortgages to be "gambled" on? Who mandated that banks provide zero interest home loans to people that did not financially qualify and were a sure bet to default? Who took over a million dollars in campaign fund contributions from the very Bank under scrutiny? Who took a 90 million dollar golden parachute from a publicly funded mortgage company and then served as campaign manager? Where is the SEC in all of this as well as Madoff and Enron? Oh that's right, watching porn...your tax dollars hard at work!

    Quit looking at Wall Street and Start looking at where the true culprits of our economic problems live, DC!

    April 28, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Pat

    That is real smart, why don't we waste our money on an election that we just lost!!!!!!!! TOO LITTLE TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. From the Democratic dirty tricks playbook

    Memo to President Obama and all DNC groups gearing up for the mid term elections with dirty tricks, misleading and false ads, and campaign appearances at self promoting events like the AZ immigration reform bill protest:


    April 28, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. John D

    Yeah, Americans United! Theres a cridible group. Kinda reminds me of ACORN.

    April 28, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. doug

    Lib lib act like Obama not get 1 million from Goldman Sachs.

    Lib lib always a liar! Lib lib has no morals, values, or decency.

    Lib lib worst being to ever walk on this side of the globe!

    April 28, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I wish Rachel Maddow would run against Scott Brown. She would wipe the floor with him.

    April 28, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. tcaros

    Brown will get the boot... he was a momentry lapse of judgement by the voters.

    April 28, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Joseph B

    Once elected, Brown is now palling around with the bankers.

    April 28, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    The arrival of Scott Brown to the Senate has been very difficult for the Democratic party. Apparently it has been more difficult than they have originally let on.

    They have no idea what his arrival says for next few years for the Democrats in federal government. All I can say is, " Enjoy it while you can. The Republicans and Independents are coming to take back Washington."

    April 28, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. billincalif

    JUST LIKE THE SO CALLED HEALTH CARE PACKAGE the American people will wise up to its failings and see that it is nothing more than another POWER GRAB by the NARCISSTIC EMPEROR and his lackeys. YOU want financial reform? Start with Freddie and Fannie Mac, their oversight committee and follow the contributions trail back to where it lead to the BAILOUTS that the DIMRATS are still trying to preserve. RIP DIMRATS 2010!

    April 28, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    Senator Brown has already been paid for by Wall Street? What since Nov 2009? Really!?? How about the entrenched liberal Senators who have been in power forever?? Kerry don't get any money? How about Dodd ? Well, never mind Dodd! How about going after those guys too? They have been in DC longer, pocketed more money off of Wall Street. Why are they off limits?/ Is it because they are liberals??? THAT is the logical conclusion! Americans United for Change, just a little hypocritical doncha think???

    April 28, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Franklin

    The most divided congress in history is filled with so much hate for one another that they waste campaign dollars on commercials AFTER an election to smear and show that they are bad losers. Think about that next time you contribute to either political party (cause they are both doing it!).

    April 28, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. this too shall pass

    the experiment with the Senate seat in that state is a one and done

    they will come to realize that their vote matters and the GOPer will be shown the door when his election comes next

    April 28, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. diridi

    just not only the scott brown, but all the GOP thugs, and idiots....or else, they would have passed the financial reform...ok, of course any way it will and it should and it ought to...pass...pres. obama, go for it...and sign the bill...ignore these GOP thugs...

    April 28, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Sgt. USMC

    "safety of our financial system"

    translation: protect wall street

    "interests of taxpayers and consumers"

    translation: we need your donations

    "not a rubber stamp for anyone"

    translation: for sale to highest bidder

    "not voting against financial reform"

    translation: voting with my party and wall street

    translation to translation: SCREW YOU AMERICA

    April 28, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. maf

    Gail, that's all in the PAST!! Now Brown is weighing in as another in the long line of GOP talking heads who simply are against any forward movement of ANYTHING by the current administration.

    For all who voted for Brown. . .fed up already? Scared by the GOP to vote him in and now the GOP continues to filibuster, obstruct, confuse and endanger any good policy.

    Mid-terms are the way to tell the GOP that enough is enough!
    Oblivion is the next stop for the Party of NO!

    April 28, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Otis

    What a stupid ad. A guy trades his truck for a limo and he's for Wall Street?

    April 28, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. geecee

    Scott Brown sure has turned out to be a disappointment. He was kidding when he said "I'll be the 41st vote". He has voted with the Repubican Party on every single "NO" vote to thwart the Obama Administration's attempts to move this Country forward. Sure, get in lockstep with the stupid Repubicans. Look out Scott, 2012 is not that far away. You only won because Martha Coakley didn't even make an attempt to beat you!! Keep that in mind.

    April 28, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Laughing in Florida

    And the Japanese obviously tried to poison his father back in the 90's, which promptly caused him to throw up on everyone.

    April 28, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. joe

    One question about the pickup and the mileage that nobody bothered to ask: Did he collect more mileage reimbursement or other per diem expenses because of excessive traveling beyond what is average for a MA state senator? That needs to be asked instead of just calling him a hero b/c he drives a truck. People in both parties may want to know the answer to that question.

    April 28, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Dano

    What happened to doing the will of the American people Senator Brown? Over 65% of Americans, Democrats, Republicans & Independents, believe that Wall Street and the Banking Industry must be more closely regulated to avoid a repeat of the current financial meltdown. I'd like to hear you explain your vote on this issue to your constituents.

    April 28, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |