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July 28, 2012

Brown stops in at namesake Beverly shop

BEVERLY — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown drove his pickup by the family-owned Browns of Beverly Bicycles on Cabot Street to show his support for small businesses, while at the same time he tried to jam a bicycle pump in the spokes of the campaign of his Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren.

The Republican has no relation or connection to the owners, the Darrah family, but the low-key campaign stop highlighted Brown’s love of cycling. The only people on hand during the low-key stop were those who work in the shop and a family trying out a kid’s bike.

“It’s always good to see how our business owners are paying the bills,” Brown said, “how they are hiring, expanding and growing, and you can ask these people, the government didn’t do this for them, it was their dad who had an opportunity to buy the business from someone else ... That’s a big difference between professor (Elizabeth) Warren and me, she believes that government is responsible for a business like this, I’m not.”

About the same time yesterday afternoon as Brown was visiting Browns of Beverly, Democratic National Committee chairwoman and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was scheduled to visit Warren’s campaign headquarters in Somerville.

Brown said he has been working in the Senate “to create that level of regulatory and tax certainty, making sure we can keep more money in people’s pocketbooks and wallets. It’s a stark difference between professor Warren and me. She wants to basically take more money out of people’s hard-earned paychecks, and I don’t.”

The new national health care bill, Brown said, adds 18 new taxes and cuts $500 billion from Medicare.

“It’s a jobs killer; she’s a jobs destroyer in that regard,” Brown said.

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