Facing an increasingly long-shot reelection bid next year, Scott Brown has launched a Mitt Romney-style reinvention campaign, but his campaign coffers are still bursting with millions in Wall Street money from big bankers and financiers who know Scott Brown is on their side.
Massachusetts voters have seen this kind of sudden election year conversion before. His name is Mitt Romney.
Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby may have accidentally spoken the truth a couple of days ago when he told POLITICO that he still has Brown’s back. Even though Brown has claimed to disagree with Shelby and other DC Republicans, the Alabama Republican sees Brown’s political calculated posturing for what it is.
“That’s politics,” said Shelby who last month held a recent high-dollar Wall Street fundraiser for Brown at a posh DC restaurant.
Wall Street and the Republican Party continue to rally around Scott Brown because they know that his politically calculated attempt to reinvent himself is just politics. Scott Brown has become just another Washington politician ready to do or say anything just to keep his job. The people of Massachusetts aren’t going to be fooled into believing he is something that he isn’t.
Earlier this month, a report from the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity noted that Wall Street interests and K Street lobbyists have “been working hard to help the freshman senator win his high-stakes battle for re-election.” The report also noted “deep-pocketed GOP allies” like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS groups are already weighing in heavily in support of Brown.
In November, the New York Times reported that Wall Street is rallying around Brown, who they consider an important ally. Brown has taken more money from the financial services industry than any other senator, the paper said.
The bottom line is despite Brown’s Mitt Romney-style reinvention campaign, the junior senator is still banking on Wall Street paying for his campaign.
Kevin Franck is Communications Director for the Massachusetts Democratic Party. So there.