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Brown Had Tense Meeting With Card in '09

February 18, 2011

Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) improbable march to victory in the 2010 Massachusetts Senate special election was at one point almost over before it all started following a tense 2009 exchange with former George W. Bush chief of staff Andrew Card, according to a passage from Brown's upcoming book.

The Boston Globe reports on a section in Brown's upcoming autobiography, "Against All Odds," in which Brown recalls an exchange with Card, who was considered an early Republican front-runner in the race.

"I probably was being a little disrespectful [to Card]; I was fairly pissed," Brown writes, after noting that Card told him he intended to run for the Senate seat. "But he was also pissed."

In his book, Brown details a gathering at Card's brother-in-law's house in September of 2009, according to the Globe story. At the gathering, Brown revealed his intention to run in the Senate race and Card said he was leaning toward a bid of his own; Brown was slated to announce his candidacy that same evening.

"And then I told him, 'Andy, I'll beat you,'" Brown writes, according to the Globe. "That upped the testosterone level in the room. He replied, 'Well, I don't need to be threatened by you, you know.'"

Later at the gathering, Brown writes, he decided to pull out of the race and back Card, which he did publicly, in a dramatic moment at a gathering of GOP activists at a suburban Boston hotel. With Card professing indecision, Brown stunned the room by announcing his deference, which came a few hours after convenience store magnate and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos had backed off his own candidacy.

Brown said he would give Card until after the ceremonies, two days later, commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a deadline repeatedly pushed back as Card balked. On Friday night, Card called Brown to tell him he would not run, at which point Brown immediately launched his bid, with a kickoff the next day.

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