Scott Brown to GOP: ‘Sometimes I won’t be with you’

This just in from the Associated Press:

Boston — Scott Brown says he has already told Senate Republican leaders they won’t always be able to count on his vote.

The man who staged an upset in last week’s Massachusetts Senate special election, in part by pledging to be the 41st GOP vote against President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that he staked his claim in early conversations with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip Jon Kyl.

”I already told them, you know, `I got here with the help of a close group of friends and very little help from anyone down there, so there’ll be issues when I’ll be with you and there are issues when I won’t be with you,”’ Brown said Thursday during the half-hour interview. ”So, I just need to look at each vote and then make a proper analysis and then decide.”

Asked how McConnell and Kyl responded, Brown said, ”They understood. They said, `You can probably do whatever you want, Scott. And, so, just let us know where your head’s at, and we’ll talk it through, and just keep us posted.”’

The senator-elect did not elaborate on possible breaking points, though the Washington newcomer dismissed any suggestion he will relent once he starts working in the highly partisan capital.

”That’s not pressure; pressure is what I’m going through right now,” said Brown. He cited his efforts to complete a transition in 2 1/2 weeks, compared with the normal 2 1/2 months for regularly elected senators, while preparing to surrender his responsibilities as a state senator, become a Beltway commuter and resume his triathlon training.

He started Thursday with a one-hour bike ride and 1,500-meter swim.

”I’m trying to do it very well and be balanced and still get my workouts in,” said Brown. ”There’s nothing wrong with having good conversation and debating. We do it here in our own caucus, at a smaller level. … It’s just a different building, really.”

Brown beat Democrat Martha Coakley to win the seat held for nearly a half-century by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. The result rocked both the Democratic Party and the Obama administration, who viewed the seat as safe and Coakley as the pivotal 60th vote to preserve a Democratic supermajority in the Senate.

Obama responded to the voter anger expressed in the election by retooling his administration’s focus from the health care overhaul to job creation. It was the focus on his State of the Union speech Wednesday night, which Brown watched.

”I thought it was a good first step,” said Brown. ”And I appreciated his sort of overtures to have more transparency and move involvement between the parties.”

Yet the senator-elect said he was concerned some spending controls and other changes were not projected to take effect until 2011. He called for an immediate across-the-board tax cut and a reduction in payroll taxes.

”We need to move now. People are hurting now. The economy is hurting now,” he said.

Brown expects to be sworn in on Feb. 11, after all absentee ballots are counted and Massachusetts has certified the special election results. Until then, he is trying to function amid a whirlwind.

His office has been besieged with job seekers. He is meeting next week with Education Secretary Arne Duncan as he tries to clarify his legislative priorities. He had to ask a reporter how much his new job paid; it is $174,000 annually.

Brown also is trying to determine how his election will affect his 30-year National Guard career.

He said he will most likely be blocked from active duty with his military legal team, since as a U.S. senator, he would be a more valuable target for the enemy. Brown is speaking with generals in Washington about how to best fulfill his responsibilities, which include duty one weekend per month and two weeks per summer.

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33 comments Add your comment

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

January 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

I feel about this like I feel about Obama’s promises or Bigfoot.

I’ll believe it when I see it.

Jeffrey

January 28th, 2010
5:07 pm

I’m glad Mr. Brown can still get his workouts in.

Cameron

January 28th, 2010
5:08 pm

What a great idea….vote based on the policy’s merit rather than party affiliation. No wander the guy got elected.

Woodie

January 28th, 2010
5:08 pm

I would just like to remind Brown that he represents the people of Mass. and not the Republican party. It’s time to put away politics and roll up your sleeves. Start by eliminating the bottlenecks to a solution.

ITP Conservative

January 28th, 2010
5:15 pm

Woodie – there are no bottlenecks except those that exist in the Democrat party. They control it all as they have for the past 12 months. They had a filibuster proof senate, dominating house numbers and the President. If you are looking to blame – look to the donkey.

So far they have accomplished nothing except increasing unemployment to double digits and massive debt.

Byron Mathison Kerr

January 28th, 2010
5:18 pm

It is still hard to comprehend that Senator Ted Kennedy held this seat for over 20% of the entire time of the whole existence of the U.S. Senate.

I just hope “Beefcake” Brown will be a worthwhile attribute to the institution.

Keith

January 28th, 2010
5:18 pm

THREE MORE YEARS = NO MORE OBAMA BIN LADEN!!!

ARC

January 28th, 2010
5:21 pm

It will be a wonderful day when neither the Republicans or Democrats can “count on” a Senators vote, but that the people he or she represents and the American people can! It would be nice to have less politicians and more statesmen in Congress and particularly in the White House, something we DON’T have now!

william

January 28th, 2010
5:27 pm

I am a democrat, however I do wish that ALL politicians will do what Brown says he will do, look at the bill and vote on the bill and not just vote for or against it based on what your party leaders want. I also loved what Obama said in an interview last week where he stated that their job is to go to Washington to represent the voters who sent them there and not just go there to focus on being re-elected. I don’t care which political party you are in, it is time for all the fighting and grandstanding to end, time for all politicians to go to work for the american people and get the job done………….

Jamal

January 28th, 2010
5:30 pm

What planet do some of you live on, politicians can say whatever they won’t to say, but how can they create jobs or make banks loan money. I don’t see how this president or congress can be blamed for the high unemployment rate, some of you are watching fox news a little too much, use your own common sense and think about the problems facing this economy, one man can’t fix it and one man can’t be blamed for it. Obama has been in office for one year, all these problems started before he took office, he can’t be blamed for this.

bart

January 28th, 2010
5:35 pm

Brown’s going to have to be a lot more moderate than the Republican Party would like him to be, I’m sure. After all, he IS representing Massachusetts, and if he wants to have a chance of being re-elected in 2 years, he cannot be a right winger. What he says sounds great. I hope he sticks to it and wish every politician would do the same.

ITP Conservative

January 28th, 2010
5:52 pm

Jamal I would encourage you to deal with reality, but then again you are an Obama supporter so reality doesn’t exist. Unemployment has skyrocketed under Obama’s leadership and it will not go down. One man can’t fix it, but one man and can certainly make it worse or better (see Ronald Reagan).

Hater of both parties

January 28th, 2010
5:54 pm

ITP conservative, you say Obama and the democrats have accomplished nothing. You right wingers conveniently ignore that our country was on the fast track to another Great Depression until Obama stepped in and slammed on the brakes. With your party fighting him all the way. That is a major accomplishment. What does it smell like with your head up there? I pray Obama succeeds in getting affordable health care for all of us, even though he is being attacked on all sides by those brainwashed by (or in the pocket of) the Insurance moguls.

Billy

January 28th, 2010
6:00 pm

Let’s hope that Brown doesn’t vote with his southern colleagues. In 8 years, they accomplished nothing but bring us to the brink of another great depression with double digit unemployment and massive debt.

DW

January 28th, 2010
6:05 pm

Scott Brown sounds like someone I would’ve voted for.

woodshed guy

January 28th, 2010
6:10 pm

I liked the old western movies where the guy with the white hat finally catches up with the stage coach and with great effort finally stops the run-a-way horses. Obama has had a year. Hope to hell he can stop the run-a-way spending.

morris

January 28th, 2010
6:11 pm

Mit Romney was asked the question.DO YOU BELEAVE THAT THE ECONOMY WOULD BE BETTER IF McCAIN/PALIN HAD WON.AND HE CHOCKED AND SAID YES.Can he be serious An old man and a dem wit.

ATLshirt.com

January 28th, 2010
6:15 pm

Hater of both parties

January 28th, 2010
5:54 pm

What did Obama do to slam on the breaks and save our Economy ?? Notice what the DOW has done the past 6 trading sessions ?? Looks like the Economy is worse now, than it was when he took office.. If I remember correctly, the bailouts are what cause our economy to stop declining, and I think it was Bush who gave those bailouts.. But then again, people are saying the bailouts were bad, but if it had not been done, then we would be worse off now.. Just seems like a lot of finger pointing going on on both sides of the government which means that both Dems and Repubs are the ones who are to be blamed!!

ATLshirt.com

January 28th, 2010
6:16 pm

Hater of both parties

January 28th, 2010
5:54 pm

I would like to also add, that we are still on the fast track to another Great Depression.

woodshed guy

January 28th, 2010
6:16 pm

@morris….might it be Miller time?

MUSTANG100

January 28th, 2010
6:25 pm

Obama is so focused on the health insurance industry TAKEOVER he could care less about the economy. Like the Progressive that he is, a tanked economy is exactly what he wants and where he wants it to stay.

RGB

January 28th, 2010
6:25 pm

ITP Conservative is spot-on.

Obama and the Democrats in Congress have accomplished nothing positive.

1. 20% un-/underemployment.
2. Quadrupling of all U.S. debt since George Washington (Obama’s plan).
3. First terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
4. Iran expedites plan for nukes–unafraid of U.S. because Obama is paper tiger.
5. Major auto companies are now State controlled.
6. Student loans are now State controlled.
7. Mortgage business is now State controlled.
8. Major financial institutions are State controlled.
9. Only 10% of key Obama advisers have private sector experience.
10.Bankers, the Free Enterprise system, corporations, and businesses are held in disdain.
11.Plan to take over Health Care is rejected by majority of U.S. citizens, but Obama tell us “we don’t understand” and presses on.
12. Obama said there is no Red or Blue America–only America.
13. Obama said he would reduce the sea level due caused by global warming.
14.Liberty and freedom are concepts of days gone by.
15.Socialism, collectivism, and spreading the wealth are the new chic characteristics of governing.
16.The Fed is printing more money and will render your retirement savings worthless.
17.The only job growth is in government jobs–and government doesn’t produce anything.
18.Your future is at risk, your lifestyle is in jeopardy, and tyranny is being encouraged by the collective chants of “Yes We Can.”
19. The only response of economically illiterate, morally bankrupt Obama worshipers is to call people Nazis, resurrect and deride President Bush, and evade responsibility for–anything.
20.Congratulations. You get what you deserve.

It’s been a good run but eventually all civilizations reach the end of their lifecycles. And this one’s end was caused by Obama, the Leftists, and their supporters.

BUSINESS MAN

January 28th, 2010
6:41 pm

Easy folks,let’s try to remain civil. The bottom line is that any POTUS,
is like the pitcher in a baseball game. Sometimes you get credit for a win you did not deserve and sometimes you get blamed for a loss that should not belong to you.

Senator-Elect Brown sounds like he may be the Republican version of a “Sam Nunn Democrat”, we could use a few more politicians that are not always married their party.

BUSINESS MAN

January 28th, 2010
6:43 pm

That would be “married to their party”

T-bag93

January 28th, 2010
6:44 pm

Mr. ITP conservative, its because of people like you that this country is headed down a road of destruction. Its easy to see that your hate for Obama won’t allow you to give him any credit for anything. Hmmm I wonder why you hate him? you were probaly born a racist and its unfortunate that you will probaly die one

james smith

January 28th, 2010
7:04 pm

T-Bag93:

What an ignorant fool you are. Someone disagrees with your “leader” without any indication of race as being the reason, facts only, and somehow, you call this guy a “racist.?” Bring up some intelligent facts and we can debate instead of hiding behind the cloak of “racism.”

Flo-Ri-Duh!

January 28th, 2010
7:11 pm

T-bag93 in your world everyone that doesn’t agree is a racist. We are familiar with you limosine libs.

Wolfess

January 28th, 2010
8:12 pm

As of now I am not happy with Hottie McScottie’s comments that sound like he may well turn & vote with Dems & Nazi Pelozi for the Healthcare Fraud/takeover/tyranny . PLUS dictating to the people what care they can receive or IF they can atall. Death Panels? Sure! We old people are just a burden, face it–what was good enough for Nazi Germany, good enough for us. As for the illegals, they deserve our best healthcare after living in poverty in Mexico & other hellholes. Pay gov insurance or go to prison+ fine. Son of a b!tch! Can’t people SEE TYRANNY WHEN IT STARES THEM IN THE FACE?

Wolfess

January 28th, 2010
8:13 pm

I hate both parties too!!! TEA PARTY POWER, WAKE UP AMERICA

James

January 29th, 2010
8:31 am

It’s comments like the ones above and the loony logic behind them that leave no doubt in my mind why Sherman ripped Georgia a new one during the Civil War. I wouldn’t trust “great Americans” like RGB and Wolfess to sit the right way on a toilet seat.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

January 29th, 2010
10:35 am

Yes Wolfess, and I see you staring in my face.

You and your beliefs are tyranny for anyone that doesn’t agree with your pathetic Fox Ponzi Scheme views.

Doh!

January 29th, 2010
12:35 pm

I won’t call ITP a racist, but he is delunsional. Unemployment sky-rocketed under W. How quickly we forget that millions of jobs were being lost every month he last year in office. Republican tax cuts, wars, and yes, socialist Medicare Part D (but since a republican proposed it, it can’t be socialist) added more to the deficit than anything Obama has done. Absolutely amazing that the partycrashers who tore the hotel room up are upset that the mess isn’t cleaned up fast enough.

Daedalus

January 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

What a joke. Brown will just be like the two Senators from Maine — they claim they are centrists and then vote in lock step with McConnel and that moron DeMint.

Brown will knuckle down to McConnel and gridlock will continue. That’s how the GOP plans to return to power.