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Judge Sen. Brown  by company he keeps

To the editor:

Scott Brown’s claim that he is a moderate is not true. A study of the Republican’s voting record reveals that when he had the opportunity to oppose Republican obstruction in the U.S. Senate and demonstrate bipartisan leadership, he voted overwhelmingly with his Republican colleagues. Brown voted with his party at a rate of over 75 percent (over 93 percent prior to Elizabeth Warren’s entry into the race) to block legislation that had the support of 50 or more senators, measures that would have passed the Senate on a so-called “up-or-down vote.

In other words, when faced with a choice between bipartisan leadership and partisan obstruction, Brown chose obstruction over leadership 3-1. Republican obstructionism in the Senate is not ideological, as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted shortly after the 2008 election.

It is a strategy to deny the president legislative success with a record number of filibusters, including jobs training for veterans, to drag down the economy and cause enough pain to the American people to cause them to abandon President Obama.

If you judge a man by the company he keeps, the verdict is in on Scott Brown.

Dave King

Amherst

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