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Submitted By Todd on June 17th at 11:39am
Dino Rossi has lost twice in his attempt to become Governor of Washington State, so he was reluctant to jump into the race to unseat longtime incumbent Democrat Patty Murray in the senate. Who convinced him to take the plunge? Scott Brown.
Rossi was one of many candidates — ranging from top-tier GOP recruits to unknown long shots — who got, or sought, face time with Brown.No matter how powerful a person might be, he still wants his face time with Scott.
It’s not often that a rookie Republican senator gets a White House summons for a face-to-face chat with President Barack Obama. But for Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who was summoned to the White House to talk with Obama about climate change, this kind of lavish attention is no longer a novelty.Scott Brown is quietly and smartly laying the groundwork to transform himself from celebrity pol to national political powerhouse.
Brown has lent his support to other House races as well. He held a May fundraiser and headlined a rally for House special election candidate Tim Burns, who lost his bid in Pennsylvania’s 12th District, and he also raised money for Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii) in Djou’s May 22 special election. Back home, Brown has endorsed several Massachusetts Republicans — ranging from state representatives to Charlie Baker, who is running for governor in 2010.
In the meantime, Scott is also working hard to take care of business here in Massachusetts.
As dumb as the questions were a few months ago regarding his possible pursuit of higher office, Scott is positioning himself in such a way that, some day, it will not be far-fetched to think of him as a national candidate.Brown continues to fundraise for his 2012 reelection bid, adding to the more than $5.7 million he reported in the bank at the end of March. He’s held several events every month in Washington, according to a roster of money-raising events listed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee and obtained by POLITICO.