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October 31, 2012

Our view: Brown for U.S. Senate

In January 2010, in the closing days of the landmark race to succeed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the U.S. Senate, we endorsed then-state Sen. Scott Brown as a means of bringing effective, bipartisan change.

We expressed the hope that Brown could reach across the aisle and work with Democratic lawmakers. We urged him not only to stand up to the spending-mad policies of the Democratic left wing, but to ignore the divisive tactics of the hard-line Republican right. In that vein, we hoped he would strive to be a true catalyst for bringing reform and a forward course for a Congress that had seemingly lost its way.

Nearly three years later, our scorecard shows that Brown has heeded all of those calls and, in some cases, taken them a step or two beyond what anyone could have hoped. Despite the questionable claims about his positions by his challenger, Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, it is clear that he has fought for Massachusetts workers and taxpayers alike — and that he will continue to do so. That’s why Scott Brown is our clear choice to be re-elected to his U.S. Senate seat when voters go to the polls Nov. 6.

There are numerous reasons why voters should question many of Warren’s claims and credibility. But there’s no need to dwell on her occasional claims of Native American heritage on job applications without documented proof of that ancestry — or her claim of fighting for workers in asbestos litigation when she was actually working for insurance giant Travelers. And there should be no need to even acknowledge Warren’s false advertising claims that suggest Brown is against women’s reproductive choice, or against bringing in jobs for Massachusetts residents. He’s none of those things. Simply put, a vote for Warren would be a vote in support of the ultraliberal tax-and-spend crowd in the Senate.

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