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Mass. Dems React To Brown Announcement

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., gets into his truck after voting in Wrentham, Mass., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Gretchen Ertl/AP)

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., gets into his truck after voting in Wrentham, Mass., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Gretchen Ertl/AP)

BOSTON — Publicly, local Democrats are reacting calmly to the news Republican Scott Brown will not try to rejoin the U.S. Senate in the state’s special election this June. Brown was considered the party’s best chance to win the Senate seat and was a leader in early polling.

Only Thursday, the State Democratic Party threw an elbow by email — headlined “Scott Brown Set To Announce Campaign to Slow Down President Obama’s Agenda.” On the heels of Brown’s announcement a day later, the party sent out the same email, scratching out Scott Brown and substituting “Some Other Republican Set To Announce Campaign to Slow Down President Obama’s Agenda.”

“Well, you know, Scott Brown unquestionably was the leading candidate for the Republican party but I’m certain they’re going to nominate someone,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party chair John Walsh. “We accept the correction on our prediction and continue to be prepared.”

The Democrats’ two announced candidates were equally sedate. A statement from Rep. Ed Markey said, “I respect Scott Brown’s decision and know he did what he thought was best for him and his family.”

Differing by only a verb, Rep. Stephen Lynch said, “I understand Scott Brown’s decision… It’s perfectly understandable.” Lynch’s statement added, “I wish all the best to Scott and his family.”

It was only privately that Democratic campaign consultants acknowledged the day had brought a big break for Democrats.

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  • jakesal

    Scot is saving himself for a better time for the Republicans so he can contribute to his Wall Street backers.

  • Reilly Brian

    Damn shame a real true centrist isn’t going to run. Now Massachusetts will just said another Democrat yes man

    • eqreynolds

      CENTRIST? The GOP is so far to the extremist right that anything within right field looks “centrist” to them. Well, good for the DEMS for putting balance back into our political discourse and putting center back where it belongs.

  • piffle

    Probably means he’s planning to run for governor instead.

    • missy partin

      thats just what that means hes gonna run 4 governor

  • allhaileris

    If he has any sense he’ll pack his truck and leave the liberal pointy-heads to their own self-made ruin. Why bother with the northeast at all? Come on out west where economies are booming, people are still free, and ‘pretentious’ is still a pejorative.

    • jimbob

      Yeah like California where a liberal super majority have now balanced the budget and somehow this week found out we will have a huge budget surplus because of better than expected revenue? Yeah let’s pack his truck and leave the liberal pointy-heads to their own self-made ruin. Why bother with the northeast at all? Come on out west where economies are booming, people are still free, and ‘pretentious’ is still a pejorative. and being a republican gets you unemployment

      • occam

        Ahhh yes … the words of yet another ignorant liberal kool-aid drinking moron. CA’s budget is not balanced, it’s all liberal Democrat smoke and mirrors. Those lying Dems still need to figure what to do about HUNDREDS of BILLIONS in unfunded costs for the CA public employees exorbitant retirement and medicals costs promised to those unions by the Dems to buy their votes.

        CA citizens now enjoy the highest overall state taxes, the highest paid public employees, worst levels government services, and poorest performing schools after decades of Democrat government control.

        Democratic politicians depend on morons like jimbob who drink the kool-aid and think there’s an entitlement free lunch for all.

        I’ve lived in CA for 64 years … I am a witness to the destruction of a state at the hands of Democrats.

        • jimbob

          I am not a liberal actually.

          • occam

            Then what’s your excuse to being stupid?

    • jefe68

      And you wonder why progressives despise you right wing folks, you post inane comments.

  • Happy Bliss

    Scott is a true man’s man. Mass needs a few of those in influential positions at the State level. Maybe then fewer laws will inhibit true innovators. Lots of pants wearing women in Mass makes it colorful, yet very difficult for men to penetrate the mediocrity, and create something exceptional to share.

    • eqreynolds

      Now THAT’S an enlightened comment. I suppose he swings from vines, too?

      • Happy Bliss

        You got the first part of your reply correct. The second sentence is more indicative of your own mentality. It’s time to go beyond Progressivism, which gave us a Social upgrade, yet is currently suffocating the next wave of bright folks.

  • jefe68

    He’s going to run for Governor in 2014. This is what this is about, nothing more or less.
    He’ll most likely win too.

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