It has been said that the best way to predict what someone will do in the future is to look at what he has done in the past. This maxim holds true for Republican Scott Brown. The best way to determine how Brown would vote in 2013 and beyond if re-elected is to review how he voted when he didn’t have the political pressure of re-election bearing down on him.
Consider the period of time between February 9, 2010 (when Republican Scott Brown first began casting votes in the U.S. Senate) and August 18, 2011 (when Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren filed papers to form her Senate campaign’s exploratory committee).
As the ProgressMass analysis of Republican Scott Brown’s voting record shows – and as Congressman Barney Frank mentioned on The Rachel Maddow Show last week – right-wing Republicans filibustered 32 times during that year-and-a-half. And Brown supported 30 out of 32 filibusters!
Put plainly, when he was not facing political pressure to artificially moderate his voting, Republican Scott Brown supported Republican partisan obstruction 94% of the time! That is not the record of a “moderate” or “bipartisan” voice.
There are a number of ways you can help to hold Republican Scott Brown accountable:
· Follow ProgressMass’ Twitter feed tonight for real-time, live-tweet fact checking of Republican Scott Brown’s performance in this evening’s third debate.
· Share ProgressMass’ analysis of Republican Scott Brown’s voting record so that more people across Massachusetts are aware of just how partisan Brown has actually been in the U.S. Senate.
· Visit www.BothWaysBrown.com to see the many issues on which Republican Scott Brown’s misleading rhetoric differs greatly with his actual record. Share the link, as well as the concise two-page document cataloging these differences, with your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and classmates.
Together, we can dispel Republican Scott Brown’s misleading rhetoric and hold him accountable for his actual record.