Scott Brown was chosen US Senator from Massachusetts on January 19, 2010, in a stunning landmark election. The race was called the "first electoral victory for the Tea Party movement." The seat was held for decades by liberal Democrat Edward Kennedy and prior to that, by his brother John F. Kennedy.
According to Brown's campaign website, "His career in public service began as selectman in Wrentham. He then went on to serve three terms as a State Representative and won his current State Senate seat in a special election in 2004. He is currently in his third Senate term. ... Senator Brown is a graduate of Wakefield High School, Tufts University, and Boston College Law School. He lives in Wrentham, MA with his wife Gail and their two daughters, Ayla, a student at Boston College, and Arianna, a student at Syracuse University."
Brown on global warming
On his 2010 campaign website, Brown stated that he supports a "common-sense environment policy that will help to reduce pollution and preserve our precious open spaces. I realize that without action now, future generations will be left to clean up the mess we leave. In order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, I support reasonable and appropriate development of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal and improved hydroelectric facilities. I oppose a national cap and trade program because of the higher costs that families and businesses would incur."
In a campaign debate in December 2009 Brown stated "I [have] said the climate is always changing. The question I have is, is it man-made, or does it just happen naturally?"
Related SourceWatch articles
- Doug Heye, Brown vs. Coakley Shows Obama Has Become a Political Albatross, US News and World Report blog, January 18, 2010.
- Dan Abramson, Jon Stewart Gets Fed Up: Dems Set The Bar So Low They're Tripping Over It (VIDEO), Huffington Post, January 19, 2010.
- Robert Hendin, Scott Brown's Surge Boosted by Dems' Failed Health Care Message, CBS News, January 19, 2010.
- Scott Powell, Scott Brown: the tea party’s first electoral victory, Christian Science Monitor, January 19, 2010.
- John Stauber, Tea Party Money Bomb Elects Scott Brown, Blows-Up Obama Care, PRWatch.org, January 19, 2010.
- Shawn Doherty, Vital Signs: Will health care reform crash after Massachusetts election?, Capital Times, January 20, 2010.