BEVERLY — It’s not often that an incumbent, nationally known U.S. Senator goes around telling whoever will listen that he is facing an uphill battle for re-election. That is, unless you’re Scott Brown, the only Massachusetts Republican in Congress.
“It’s me against the (Democratic) machine,” he said yesterday in an interview with The Salem News. “I am the only elected (member of Congress) in the state that is Republican. You think they’re helping me?”
Brown officially kicked off his re-election campaign in Worcester on Thursday and has been campaigning on the North Shore this week.
His likely opponent, Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren, flew onto the national scene as the architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the head of the Congressional Oversight Panel on TARP, the financial bailout bill. Since she announced her plans to run against Brown, the liberal base has treated her like a rock star.
Brown, who shocked a lot of national pundits when he wrestled the Senate seat away from Democrats in a special election two years ago following the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, said yesterday he’s not surprised by Warren’s ascent.
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This story first ran in the Salem News on January 21, 2012.