Submitted By Todd on February 9th at 11:07pm
The newest member of the Senate, Scott Brown (R-MA) just finished casting his first votes of his Senatorial career today but what might be equally important to his supporters is that his beloved green GMC truck, one of the most memorable symbols of the campaign, has arrived at the Capitol. Brown's staff said he and his wife drove it down from Massachusetts.As the John Kerrys of the world are shuttled around in ego vehicles like Black Escalades, Scott's truck is a powerful symbol of his stance as a man who is going to change Washington, not be changed by it.
After his upset victory over Democrat Martha Coakley, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Brown that he could park it anywhere he’d like on Capitol Hill. Looks like Brown has taken McConnell up on the offer.Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick got his term off to a bad start, from which he's never recovered, by going right out and buying a new Caddy, redecorating the office, and flying around in the state helicopter before he'd done anything else.
The snow-covered pickup was parked just outside of Brown’s office building, across from the Capitol, where it will likely make a regular appearance. Senators are permitted to park close to their offices.Scott cast his first vote today, as expected, joining the crowd in blocking an appointment important to the labor movement.
Brown voted against seating union lawyer Craig Becker on the NLRB, but so did some Democrats, including Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., who is facing a tough re-election battle. The vote was 52-33, with many Senators not voting because they knew the nomination lacked the 60-vote supermajority needed to advance Becker's nomination.
My first priority in coming to Washington is to create jobs and put people back to work. Craig Becker’s theories about how the workplace should function, if ever put into practice, would impose new burdens on employers, hurt job creation and slow down the recovery.Ah, the irony - the truck built by GM, a company driven into bankruptcy by the unions, sat outside as Scott cast a vote to break the hold the labor movement has over our government. A reminder that Scott is a representative of voters, not special interests, that old pickup is going to have to last a long time.