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Detailing reasons to back Scott Brown

To the editor:

Most letters published in the Gazette about the forthcoming election favor Elizabeth Warren for the US Senate. As a lifelong liberal Democrat turned independent, I am voting for Scott Brown. Here are two of my reasons:

Partisanship: Brown is an independent voice for Massachusetts. According to a study by Congressional Quarterly, Brown votes with his party 54 percent of the time and almost half the time with Democrats. For example, the third vote Brown took as a United States Senator was to move forward a Democratic jobs bill. He was the deciding vote on the Wall Street reform bill and he helped pass a tough ethics law banning insider trading. Brown broke with his party and voted to end the discriminatory policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Boosting employment: Three jobs bills supported by Brown were signed into law by President Obama: The Hire a Hero tax credit for businesses that hire veterans; the repeal of the 3 percent withholding tax on contractors; and the “Crowdfunding” bill. This legislation boosts start-up companies and rewards innovation by allowing entrepreneurs to seek out investors over the Internet rather than going through Wall Street banks. Brown has also fought to create an environment of regulatory certainty so businesses can grow, expand and hire more people.

I have almost never voted for a candidate bearing the Republican party label. However, I believe that Brown is the best choice in this election.

Richard Fein

Amherst

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