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).
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).
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).
“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).
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).