Scott Brown on Jobs

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My job is to let businesses create jobs

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), now a U.S. Senate candidate in New Hampshire, said that his job isn't to create jobs. That's for other Americans. Instead, he said, his job is to get the government out of the way.

Brown made the comments at a town hall in Hudson, New Hampshire on Wednesday. The comments were flagged by the opposition research shop American Bridge 21st Century. His comments were in response to a question about what he would to do bring jobs to New Hampshire.

"Here's the thing, people say, what are you going to do to create jobs? I am not going to create one job, it is not my job to create jobs. It's yours," Brown said. "My job is to make sure that government stays out of your way so that you can actually grow and expand. ObamaCare's a great example. The number one job inhibitor is ObamaCare.

Source: TalkingPointsMemo.com blog: 2014 New Hampshire Senate race , Sep 3, 2014

Proud union member

In desperate need of independents to get reelected, Brown said a lot of things that his most enthusiastic supporters don't want to hear: He's a proud union member, John Kerry would make a fine secretary of state, and Sonia Sotomayor would be a model Supreme Court chief justice. But so would Antonin Scalia. And Anthony Kennedy. And John Roberts. To his credit, Brown only dissed the other justices by not mentioning them. Warren took the easy way out and picked her former boss, Elena Kagan.
Source: Boston Globe on 2012 Mass. Senate debate , Oct 1, 2012

Supported by union rank-and-file but not union officials

I had gone to make presentations before the key unions around the state--many times Martha hadn't even shown up to speak to them, but the union officials still endorsed her anyway or largely sat out the race. My positions were increasingly resonating with the union rank and file, with people like me, but that didn't matter to the union heads. The problem was simply a letter, the letter R after my name [for Republican in Democratic Massachusetts].
Source: Against All Odds, by Scott Brown, p.262 , Feb 21, 2011

AdWatch: I agree with JFK that cutting taxes creates jobs

In a television advertisement that compares himself to the late President John F. Kennedy, who cut taxes to spur economic growth, Brown has appealed to the state's 1.6 million registered Democrats with a message that their party has abandoned Kennedy's ideals:

"Different people, different party, different era, same message: Lowering taxes creates jobs. It was true with JFK. It was true with Ronald Reagan. It's true now." Brown added this week,"Martha wants $2.1 trillion of extra taxation. I don't."

Source: Lowell Sun on 2010 MA Senate debate , Jan 8, 2010

Voted NO on early retirement for MWRA-work-related cancer

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part X: Worker Rights:Occupational Safety. [State Sen. Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Gov. Romney vetoed budget section 673, which says: "A person who has [worked] at least 10 years in the employment of the Massachusetts Water and Resources Administration; who, in the course of his state employment was exposed to asbestos or other hazardous materials; and who has been diagnosed with an cancer or cardio-vascular illness, shall be eligible for early retirement with surviving spouse benefits." [A YEA vote would override the veto and fund the early retirement arrangement.]

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is: "We support environmental Right-to-Know laws about chemical and other potential dangers to worker health. We oppose efforts to weaken workplace safety standards, or the ability of OSHA or state-level agencies to enforce them."

Source citation: Occupational Safety; Bill Section 673 ; vote number 397

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org , Jul 16, 2003

No affirmative action in public employment nor contracting

Q: On Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on: College and university admissions?

A: No.

Q: Public employment?

A: No.

Q: State contracting?

A: No.

Source: 2002 MA Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 2002

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