Scott Brown: Kerry Calling

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U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., left, and his wife Gail Huff, center right, speak with supporters during a campaign stop at a Brown campaign office, in Walpole, Mass., in this Nov. 5, 2012 file photo.

The most intriguing line in the Iowa report of the state fair ramblings of Scott Brown:

“1:17 p.m.: Brown walked in through Gate 2 and his cellphone rang,” the Des Moines Register reports. “To his wife, he mouthed: “It’s John Kerry.”

“Say hello for me and hello to Teresa,” wife Gail Huff (a onetime Boston television news celebrity, tells Brown, a onetime, very short-time Republican senator from the Bay State.”

“After a few minutes, Brown told Kerry, who left his Massachusetts Senate seat to become secretary of state in February: “Alright, man, I miss you, as well. You’re a good man. Alright, thanks.”

The Register reports: “He hung up and said with a laugh: “What a surprise – John Kerry calls while I’m in Iowa. … He wanted to know how I’m doing and where I was. He’s with the State Department – I think he knows where I am.”

Where Brown was: A well-worn path for politicians with national aspirations, the showcase of the Butter Cow and Budweiser beer tent at the annual Iowa fair. His appearance there over the weekend was taken as a sign of said national aspirations for the man who briefly filled the Senate seat of the late Democrat Ted Kennedy, only to be unseated by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the first woman to hold that seat.

He’ll have to get in line if he’s looking at the Iowa caucuses: Rick Santorum, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz all have met the Butter Cow.

Brown has a long path to tread there, the Register suggests.

“Few Iowa fair-goers recognized him as he ate his very first corn dog, drank a couple beers at the Bud Tent, shot a bunch of photos of his wife, Gail Huff, posed in front of the fair’s main attractions (the butter cow, a deep-fried Oreo stand, the Big Boar) and did three local news interviews.”

“It’s very easy to go up to people, like, ‘Hey!’ But people don’t want that, like that lady,” Brown said, referring to a woman he talked to, without introducing himself, outside the Clydesdales barn. “Word will get out that I was here, and she’ll tell friends. You keep coming back, keep coming back, keep coming back and you build up that familiarity. I hate it when politicians show up at places right before an election and that’s it. It’s the only time you see them. I’m from the philosophy, you show up as much as you can throughout your cycle so that it’s more like, ‘Hey, Scott, where you been?’ versus, ‘Hi, who are you.’”


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