WORCESTER, Mass. – At a rally to kick off his re-election campaign on Wednesday, Senator Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts reminded several hundred supporters that he had defied steep odds to win a special election for the late Edward M. Kennedy’s Senate seat in 2010 and urged them to help prevent Democrats from reclaiming it in November.
“They want to get things back to normal as quickly as possible,” Mr. Brown said of the Democratic Party, which controls every seat in the Massachusetts congressional delegation except his, as well as the governor’s office and the state legislature. “And we all know what ‘normal’ means for them: It means we go back to one party, one way of thinking, one way of voting – just going in lockstep and doing what you’re told.”
Mr. Brown, formerly a state senator, became a national Republican sensation after beating a much better-known Democrat, Martha Coakley, the state attorney general, exactly two years ago in the special election to serve the rest of Mr. Kennedy’s term. Mr. Kennedy died of brain cancer in August 2009 after holding the seat for nearly 50 years. In that election, Mr. Brown drew support by saying he was running for “the people’s seat,” not “the Kennedy seat.”
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This story first ran in the New York Times on January 19, 2012.