Etch a Scotto
On the same day the Herald bannered speculation that Scott Brown would run for governor in 2014 (how does one unnamed consultant's assessment transform into "Dems fear..."? ), Brown threw his first cheap shot in an potential special election to replace John Kerry.
Nice guy Scott offered this supposedly witty line when he called into the final talk show on WTKK-FM:
“I’ll tell you what; They’re making it awfully tempting. You got Ed Markey: Does he even live here any more?” Brown said with a laugh as he called into the “Jim and Margery Show”.
You’ve got to check the travel records,” Brown added. “I’ve come back and forth [from Washington to Boston] every weekend almost for three years, and I see, you know, most of the delegation, and I have never seen Ed on the airplane, ever.”Markey, like many Washington elected officials maintains two homes: one near work, the other where he hails from. For many years Markey called his childhood bedroom in his parents’ house, but when his father died in 2000, he bought the Malden house and maintains it as his voting residence.
The Margery portion of the team was quick to follow-up, devoting her Herald column today to interviewing Maldenites about the man the community has elected for 36 years.
Um guys, make up your mind. Governor? Senator?
As for Brown, it was a less-than-masterful performance.
It would be foolish to assume the crack was unrehearsed since Brown limited his senatorial schmoozing to talk radio and was always prepared.
And given the lack of spontaneity, you can only wonder why he thinks attacking his opponent is a good tactic after Professor Warren, the faux Indian, cleaned his clock in November.
Or that none other than Willard M. Romney successfully challenged a Democratic effort to remove him from the 2002 gubernatorial race with questions about where he lived.
You kind of suspect that Brown will be shaking the Etch a Sketch in a few days when he has time to consider the can of worms he opened.