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Sen. Brown ‘not  who he says he is’

To the editor:

For several months U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has been promoting himself as an independent thinker who can reach across the aisle and occasionally vote with Democrats.

He has managed to persuade many people that this is true. He has even enlisted the support of some Democratic office-holders.

But what if Scott Brown is a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

After all, Brown is not running as an independent. He has declared himself a Republican. He has signed on with the Koch brothers, Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh.

These champions of reactionary causes do not tolerate dissent among their employees. In other states they have backed their own candidates against Republican incumbents they have regarded as too independent. Not in Massachusetts, though. They have explicitly supported Brown. Their PACs and Super PACs have spent millions to get him reelected. Why?

Republicans want their party to control the U.S. Senate. A win in Massachusetts is important to them. They have been willing to have Brown appear to be “independent” and “bipartisan” during his first short term only to improve his chances for re-election to a full six-year term. Next January the national Republican puppeteers would start subjecting Sen. Brown to strict party discipline.

Brown is no moderate. He signed Grover Norquist’s monolithic pledge never to vote to increase federal taxes on anyone at any time for any reason — not to strengthen America’s military, not to reduce the deficit, not to help homeless veterans, not to invest in education, not even to prevent the evictions of widows and orphans.

Brown is not who he says he is.

Peter Jones

Florence

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