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Opinion

October 31, 2012

Our view: Brown for US Senate

If there is any consistent message that we see emanate from Washington, it is that Democrats and Republicans need to work together for the good of our nation. Their polar bipartisanship is tearing this nation apart.

We need to look for political leaders who understand that one party does not hold all the answers, people who have the courage to buck their party’s leadership and suffer the political consequences for not toeing the line.

Our scorecard shows that Senator Scott 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 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.

Voters should indeed return Brown to the Senate because of what he has done, and for what he is still striving to do over the next six years.

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