Sen. Scott Brown made a sweep through SouthCoast Monday, touring a New Bedford factory and picking up the endorsement of Democratic former Bristol County District Attorney Paul F. Walsh.
During his visit to the area, he also stopped by the Fall River Fire Department to congratulate the department for winning a $14 million federal grant that will allow the city to retain dozens of firefighters and keep open several fire stations.
Brown was escorted through the Precix Inc. plant on Belleville Avenue, formerly the Acushnet Rubber Co., by company President David Slutz.
Brown, along with U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., helped Precix resolve a difficult product liability dispute in Europe, according to Robert A. Baker, president of the Small Business Association of New England, who accompanied Brown.
Later with reporters, Brown pointed out his close involvement with the local fishing industry in its dealings with the Commerce Department’s fishing regulators.
Paul Walsh made his endorsement of Brown at the Shawmut Diner, owned by city GOP Chairman and WBSM radio talk-show host Phil Paleologos.
“As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence this week, it’s a reminder that we need more independent thinking in Washington right now,” said Walsh, who was district attorney from 1991 to 2007.
“We don’t need Republican ideas and we don’t need Democratic ideas. We need common-sense ideas to move our state and country forward. Scott Brown gets it,” Walsh said.
“He approaches each issue with an open mind and independent spirit and always does what’s best for the people he represents,” he said. “That’s why I am proud to be crossing the aisle and voting for him this November.”
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