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Mass. Democratic Party Chair: We’ll Defeat Sen. Brown ‘On The Ground’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Elizabeth Warren may be a favorite of the convention crowd here in Charlotte, but back home in Massachusetts, polls show her race with Republican Sen. Scott Brown is virtually deadlocked.

But that is not causing worrries for the chairman of the state Democratic Party, John Walsh.

“I read some of the national stuff and I smile. ‘Why isn’t she blowing Scott Brown out of the water? This is liberal crazy blue Massachusetts.’ And I think, yeah, we voted for Reagan twice, we had 16 years of Republican governors,” he chuckled. “This is destined to be a close election.”

Even with a recent survey by Public Policy Polling showing Brown with a five-point lead over Warren, Walsh maintains that he’s not concerned.

“That’s exactly where I want to be because we’re going to win this on the ground, face-to-face, person-to-person,” Walsh said.

But that same poll showed the majority of Massachusetts voters would want Democrats to keep control of the U.S. Senate — which could change in this election.

“I think what people are seeing with Scott Brown … is OK, he’s a good guy. I like the truck and the coat maybe,” Walsh said. “And, you know, every once in a while he’s made the point that I’ll cross the aisle and I’ll vote for something.”

Walsh sidestepped questions about whether the poll results mean Democratic voters did not like Warren.

“I think the question there is: On the issues, [voters are] with us,” Walsh said. “On the coat and the truck, they sort of like the image he’s putting forward; that’s why he’s exclusively on an image-based campaign.”

To close that discrepancy, Walsh said Democrats need to knock on doors and get their message out face-to-face. But several Democrats have said this week that while they think Warren is a great campaigner, her campaign is not up to snuff.

“She’s pretty darn good, so if we can get the campaign to hit her standard of this, then she’s going to win big,” Walsh said. “I think her campaign has been doing very, very well.”

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  • Gcrea

    No mention of the NYT article about her Native American claims??  C’mon…by claiming to be a Native American, she took the slot from a “real” minority candidate.  That’s just plain wrong. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S65RBEEMYRFYVMJZMRRADQMMAI gardenia

    Gerea, as I noted earlier, you are too far to the right like your friend Romney.  Warren is an intellegant candidate.  Can you forgive her for being on the faculty of Harvard?  Perhaps you should go back to school.

    • Gcrea

      I’m actually a moderate.  She is no doubt intelligent, but getting onto the faculty at Harvard from Oklahoma would only happen because of the minority quotas.  And by claiming to be a minority, she took the slot from a “real” minority candidate.  You may not like these facts, but that’s how I feel.  And a lot of others agree with me. 

      • Dave Allcott

        That is not accurate.  She already had the faculty position. The hububb about minority was a Harvard University effort to show the “minoriti-ness” of their faculty.

        • Gcrea

          I think you’re wrong.  If it were that simple, why hasnt she addressed the issue?  She was capitalizing on the affirmative action environment of the time — pure and simple.  And by doing so, she denied the slot that would and should have gone to a “real” minority.   Minorities should be outraged by this (like the Cherokees are). 

          • Carol Ott

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Warren

            Why not try getting the facts when guessing doesn’t work?

          • Gcrea

            What are the facts?  And why hasnt Elizabeth Warren told them to us? 

          • Christie Mayo

            Are you concerned that Scott Brown claimed he talks to kings and queens?  

          • Gcrea

            That was clearly an idiotic comment by him.  But c’mon, making that sort of comparatively minor slip-up is A LOT different than falsely claiming to be a minority and taking the slot that could have been filled by a “real” minority.  All politicians make stupid, exaggerated claims, but her failure to address this issue is concerning.  Without this issue, I would have considered voting for her. 

          • Gcrea

            And if Brown’s stupid “kings and queens” comment is your best counter-point, then Warren’s going to face a tough battle for sure. 

      • RepubligoonKilla

        Gcrea is a complete idiot.  Conspiratorial BS from a mindless twit with nothing factual to back up absurd claims.

        • Gcrea

          Conspiracy theories??  C’mon, that sounds crazy and reeks of desperation.  You’re obviously a fan of Liz Warren’s.  That’s perfectly fine.  I’m just trying to get to the bottom of this very substantive issue.  She took the slot from another minority.  That’s a legitimate problem.  Seems to me that she knows it too, or she wouldnt keep ducking the issue. 

          (Oh, and BTW, just because people dont agree with you, that doesnt make them “idiots” and “goons”.  This isnt elementary school.  Its great that you’re interested in politics, but you should elevate your dialogue).

    • Zman

      Gardenia, I enjoy these forums. I am voting for Scott Brown and recommend everyone I know do the same. (you too) Nothing I say will change your mind and nothing you say will change my mind.  I believe government is necessary, but only as a catalyst not as a participant, such as in the “One Payer” proposal. I don’t like the idea that government can tell me where MY tax dollars are to be spent. I am for less government. On a very simplistic basis , look at the word “Independent”. The Republican philosophy stresses independence while the Democratic philosophy stresses dependence. By the way, Scott Brown reintroduce legislation that passed that keeps Senators,Congressman and their relatives from trading in the stock market,as Nancy Pelosi’s husband did, because of insider information. I was just wondering how much Elizabeth Warren is paid by Harvard and if she is getting a “Paid Sabatical” from Harvard,while she is running for office. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/apriljrockmore April Rockmore

    We need more like Scott Brown. One of the lowest party line voters in the Senate….

    http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/112/senate/members/

  • Carol Ott

    Elizabeth Warren fights Wall Street and has for years.  Scott Brown is a Wall Street favorite.
    We need someone to stand up against Wall Street, not rub their backs.

    • maryanne

      Only when she isn’t getting campaign money from them…lol

  • Gcrea

    That was clearly an idiotic comment by him.  But c’mon, making that sort of comparatively minor slip-up is A LOT different than falsely claiming to be a minority and taking the slot that could have been filled by a “real” minority.  All politicians make stupid, exaggerated claims, but her failure to address this issue is concerning.  Without this issue, I would have considered voting for her. 

  • nolimits3333

    We have just had the fastest drop in unemployment since 1984….from 10.2% to 8.1%. All this in spite of the fact that House Republicans have blocked infrastructure spending bills that would have helped. Why? Because Republicans are more concerned with winning the election than helping America.

  • nolimits3333

    Since 1961…

    Republican job growth – 24 million jobs in 28 years.

    Democrats – 42 million jobs in 24 years.

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