It's no Tea Party for Brown
February 22nd, 2011
05:22 PM ET
11 years ago

It's no Tea Party for Brown

Washington (CNN) - Republican Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown was elected with support from the Tea Party movement, but he doesn't consider himself a member.

"I'm a Republican from Massachusetts and a proud Republican," Brown said Tuesday in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

The freshman senator who is up for reelection in 2012 said he tries instead to be an "independent voter and thinker and focus on the very real issues and where we find commonality."

He declined to forcefully back the movement, saying he supports a "lot of different movements," and especially people who are concerned about America's fiscal future.

Brown is promoting his book "Against All Odds," in which he discloses that as a youth he was subject to sexual and physical abuse, something he said you never get over.

"I felt it would be important to talk not only about the good things," Brown said. "I wanted to not gloss over the tough things as well and hopefully help people understand that listen, if you have tough circumstances, like many of us do, you can still have success if you have good people around you."

"If it helps people I'm so excited and thankful about that," he added.

- Watch more of Blitzer's interview with Sen. Brown Tuesday and Saturday on CNN's "The Situation Room"

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. DaveyD

    There's one thing it's hard to forgive Brown for. He voted for the Massachusetts health-care reform bill (signed proudly into law by then-Governor Mitt Romney), and then he ran for the Senate on a platform of defeating a virtually identical heath-care package in Congress. Romney also denounced that federal legislation when he was running for president. Brown and Romney are both world-class hypocrites. But at least Brown is a moderate hypocrite. Romney was considered a moderate when he was governor, but since then he's been falling all over himself trying to show how conservative he is. Politicians! A plague on all of them. Most of the ones who were worthy of some respect got voted out of office last year by the dimwit members of the electorate who think that Fox News is a reputable source of information.

    February 22, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. mane

    I do not have a short memory; he voted against obamacare with the tea partiers. We need someone who supports the efforts to keep the middle class buoyant.

    February 22, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Jake B

    ""I'm a Republican from Massachusetts and a proud Republican,"

    I don't think he said that once during the campaign. The word "Republican" was no where to be found on his campaign website, signs, or literature. That doesn't sound "proud" to me!

    February 22, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Jake B

    Dyvine – Brown ran a lucrative law practice while he was a State Senator and his wife was an on-air reporter/anchor for a Boston TV station (she stayed away from his campaign so there wouldn't be a conflict of interest, and has since taken a new job with a DC station). They owned multiple properties and sent their daughters to private schools.

    Brown and his wife have worked hard and deserve everything they've earned, but I also wonder what's behind some of his votes, especially when he talks of food program cheese in his family's fridge when he was a kid.

    The Massachusetts TP thought they owned him because they campaigned hard for him last year, but he wisely didn't align himself with them. They got mad when he voted for financial reform, and have threatened to take him out.

    I'm not crazy about Brown, but give him points for being smart enough to distance himself from a group whose leader is a birther.

    February 22, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    I do not judge Mr.Brown either,and I am certinly sorry if he had those bad things happen to him growing up.Very difficult for a child. However,eventhough he has acted a "litte"bit more center,you will notice he still walks Lockstep,with every destructive thing Repubs want to do! I would have Respect for him if he voted AGAINST all this crazy stuff they want to do, I am afraid the Poster who said he is trying to gloss all that over,to get elected in MA.again,is correct! MA.needs another Good Democrat,no doubt about it.Of course,so does Everyplace,the way Repubs are doing[actually Not doing] with our government!

    February 22, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. Gaylon Barrow

    That's alright Brown we will just remembwer that when it come's reelection time.

    February 22, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. GPC

    Don't become collateral damage in the GOP's War on Education

    February 22, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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