MASSACHUSETTS

Whew, Close One

Brown submits over 13K signatures to get on ballot.

April 11, 2012, 7:37 a.m.

Sen. Scott Brown (R) “has of­fi­cially se­cured a spot on the fall bal­lot as he seeks reelec­tion.” Brown on April 10 “sub­mit­ted the cer­ti­fied sig­na­tures of 13,281” MA voters “to the elec­tions di­vi­sion” of the sec/state’s of­fice. “Brown per­son­ally de­livered the sig­na­tures, well over” the 10K needed (AP, 4/10).

Not Say­ing

Brown and ex-CFPB ad­viser Eliza­beth War­ren (D) “are both de­clin­ing to say wheth­er they sup­port or op­pose a bal­lot ques­tion that would leg­al­ize the med­ic­al use of marijuana” in MA. Brown said “he’d like to learn more about the pro­pos­al be­fore tak­ing a po­s­i­tion on it.” He “de­scribed the bal­lot ques­tion as ‘a state is­sue.’ War­ren also de­clined to stake out a po­s­i­tion. War­ren said… she looked for­ward to a pub­lic hear­ing on the bal­lot ques­tion. War­ren said she op­poses the out­right leg­al­iz­a­tion of marijuana.”

The Le­gis­lature’s Cmte on Pub­lic Health “held a hear­ing” on April 10 “on the ques­tion that would al­low pa­tients with de­bil­it­at­ing med­ic­al con­di­tions” (AP, 4/10).

Buf­fett Bash­ing

With the Sen­ate “ex­pec­ted to vote next week on the so-called ‘Buf­fett Rule,’ which would im­post a min­im­um tax rate of 30 per­cent on the wealth­i­est Amer­ic­ans,” MA GOP­ers “are tak­ing aim” at War­ren.

“In press re­leases from Brown’s cam­paign and dur­ing” a MA GOP con­fer­ence call… War­ren was cri­ti­cized for sup­port­ing the Buf­fett Rule.”

Brown mgr. Jim Barnett, in a state­ment: “Pro­fess­or War­ren is an ex­treme lib­er­al when it comes to rais­ing taxes. She be­lieves gov­ern­ment knows bet­ter than you how to spend your money when the truth is that Wash­ing­ton wastes the money we send them now. … Among the tax in­creases sup­por­ted by Pro­fess­or War­ren are an in­crease in the top in­di­vidu­al rate (Buf­fett Rule) which will hurt small busi­nesses, high­er So­cial Se­cur­ity taxes on middle-class fam­il­ies and a job-killing med­ic­al device tax that will harm the med­ic­al tech­no­logy in­dustry in Mas­sachu­setts. Rais­ing taxes in the midst of our eco­nom­ic prob­lems is a big mis­take be­cause it will lead to few­er jobs, it’s that simple.”

MA Dem chair John Walsh: “It is bey­ond ab­surd to keep let­ting mil­lion­aires and bil­lion­aires pay lower tax rates than sec­ret­ar­ies, fire­fight­ers and teach­ers, but that’s ex­actly what Scott Brown and Mitt Rom­ney want to do. … The Buf­fett Rule is about where we place our pri­or­it­ies as our eco­nomy con­tin­ues to grow. We can either in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture, in­nov­a­tion and edu­ca­tion or we can con­tin­ue to al­low mil­lion­aires and bil­lion­aires to en­joy spe­cial tax breaks and loop­holes, but we can’t do both. Scott Brown’s pri­or­it­ies are not the pri­or­it­ies of middle-class Mas­sachu­setts fam­il­ies” (Rizzuto, Spring­field Re­pub­lic­an, 4/10).

Dem For Scott And Mitt

Brown “has picked up an en­dorse­ment” from ex-Bo­ston May­or Ray Flynn (D). Flynn, “who backed Brown… in 2010, told Jon Keller on… WBZ-TV… that he is sup­port­ing Brown… be­cause of Brown’s repu­ta­tion for work­ing across the aisle” in the Sen­ate.

Flynn “said he is sup­port­ing” ex-MA Gov. Mitt Rom­ney (R) in his WH‘12 bid as well (Rizzuto, Spring­field Re­pub­lic­an, 4/10).

Like­able Scott

“Brown is on a mis­sion to per­suade the voters” of MA “that he is as in­de­pend­ent as politi­cians come. His care­fully cul­tiv­ated im­age — of a gen­i­al Every­man be­hold­en to no one, flash­ing a mod­er­ate streak even as his friend and erstwhile ment­or… Rom­ney hews to con­ser­vat­ive ideas… is at the core” of Brown’s strategy.

For “all her fans and cam­paign riches… War­ren, has a lot of work ahead to per­suade voters to oust” Brown.

Brown “may be hav­ing some suc­cess in his ef­fort to define… War­ren as a Har­vard elit­ist and a par­tis­an ‘rock-throw­er.’ Mean­while, he is play­ing up his Av­er­age Joe qual­it­ies on the cam­paign trail, us­ing not only his fam­ous pickup truck but also the same barn jack­et that helped him” win in 2010.

“His re­cent sched­ule has been full of pickup bas­ket­ball games, chili cook-offs and oth­er events that show­case that per­sona.”

“She is new at it, and learn­ing on an un­usu­ally prom­in­ent stage. Des­pite her folksy ap­proach, the re­sponse of those who meet her for the first time is of­ten po­lite form­al­ity, not the warm­er, more fa­mil­i­ar type of ex­change that voters tend to have” with Brown.

War­ren: “His best shot is to call me names and try to de­scribe me as something I’m not. … I’ve got an­oth­er sev­en months to just keep say­ing, ‘This is who I am’” (Good­nough, New York Times, 4/10).

Her­ald Hits

Bo­ston Her­ald ed­it­or­i­al­izes, “Per­haps we shouldn’t be sur­prised” that War­ren “should fol­low in vir­tu­al lock­step” with Pres. Obama in “yet an­oth­er ji­had against” the SCOTUS.

“Still we gave War­ren a little more cred­it for in­de­pend­ence of spir­it and thought than she ex­hib­ited earli­er this week on the is­sue of the high court and the health care bill now be­fore it.”

“Most of all War­ren’s com­ments show a dis­respect for the court… Her com­ments show a will­ing­ness to sac­ri­fice sound leg­al reas­on­ing for a con­veni­ent polit­ic­al sound bite” (4/11).

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