Democrats on Brown: Every Senator Doesn’t Get Two States

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Senator Scott Brown, a Republican from Massachusetts, in Washington, D.C. on July 15, 2010.

Senate Republicans got a blast from the recent past when former — and potentially future — colleague Scott Brown joined them for lunch today at the Capitol.

Brown, who won his Massachusetts Senate seat in a January 2010 special election, is the perfect candidate to unseat Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, where he is running this year after losing his seat to Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012, said Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

“We loved having Scott back,” McConnell told reporters today. “We’re happy that he’s running for the Senate.”

“No one’s election victory was more a symbol of the public objection to Obamacare like Scott Brown’s special election in January of 2010,” he said. “So he’s an appropriate candidate in a year in which Obamacare is likely to be the biggest issue in the fall election.”

Brown’s 2010 victory in reliably blue Massachusetts scared the bejesus out of Senate Democrats who’d passed a comprehensive rewrite of the nation’s health care system a few week earlier. Opposition to the health care revisions were a central element of Brown’s 2010 campaign.

Still, Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada joked about Brown’s candidacy when asked about it today, taking a line that he said Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski had used at a recent closed-door caucus meeting where Brown’s candidacy was discussed:

“The Constitution guarantees every state two senators, but the Constitution does not guarantee every senator two states.”


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