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Bipartisan Brown keeps on truckin’

One year after upsetting Martha Coakley in the U.S. Senate special election, Scott Brown might not be resting on his laurels, but he is relying on stale one-liners. And he’s definitely not upgrading to a sleek topcoat and town car.

One year after upsetting Martha Coakley in the U.S. Senate special election, Scott Brown might not be resting on his laurels, but he is relying on stale one-liners. And he’s definitely not upgrading to a sleek topcoat and town car.

“It takes a guy who drives a truck with 216,000 miles and is from Wrentham and has a barn jacket to tell everybody that, ‘Hey, we have to get together and say cut the crap with the lettering and the name-calling and the twisting of words and the fact that we’re not doing what we’re expected to do to move our state and our country forward,’” Brown said during yesterday’s Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast in South Boston.

Brown also said he’d partake in bipartisan seating at President Obama’s State of the Union address.

“I’ll sit where ever they put me. I’ll sit in the top balcony, I don’t care,” he said. “That’s the type of attitude we need to have — not only in Washington, but here in our local political system, where people need to forget about the little, itty-bitty letter behind my name — and other people’s names — and just kind of get going and get our jobs going and do what’s best for this state and this country.”

Voting record

After winning his Senate seat on Jan. 19, 2010, Brown has alienated some supporters and surprised several detractors — sometimes supporting both sides of the same issue.

Sided with …

Republicans:
» Against a package of technical changes to Obama’s health care overhaul.
» Against bill extending unemployment benefits and summer jobs programs.
» Against Elena Kagan’s confirmation as Supreme Court justice.
» Against bill providing financial assistance to Sept. 11 first responders.
» Against Craig Becker, Obama’s pick for the National Labor Relations Board.

Democrats:
» For bill providing tax cuts to hire unemployed workers and highway construction funding.
» For initial approval of unemployment benefits and summer jobs programs.
» For a Wall Street overhaul bill.
» For repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
» For Obama administration’s tax compromise to retain Bush tax cuts and extend unemployment benefits while adding to federal budget deficit.

 
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