BOSTON - Scott Brown picked up the support of yet another “Democrat For Brown” this afternoon when Dave Nangle, a Democratic state representative from Lowell, offered his impromptu and enthusiastic endorsement during a campaign stop at the Democrat’s annual campaign rally.
Nangle, who has represented the Seventeenth Middlesex district since 1999, said he is backing Brown because he believes in a “bipartisan effort” and he is “tired of the gridlock, tired of the arguments that take place in Washington.” The largely Democratic crowd in attendance at the Nangle event cheered as Nangle made his surprise announcement.
Noting the bipartisan support Brown has received, Nangle cited Brown’s ability work across party lines, and mentioned a recent Lowell Sun editorial that referred to Brown as a “proven compromiser.”
Nangle joins Chris Fallon, a Democratic state representative from Malden, as the second siting member of the Massachusetts State House to endorse Brown. Rita Mercier, the former Democratic mayor of Lowell and current city councilor, has also thrown her support behind Brown, as have the former Democratic mayors of Boston, Worcester and Springfield. Last month, the Brown campaign launched its “Democrats For Brown” coalition featuring 20 prominent Democratic leaders throughout Massachusetts, as well as nearly 500 grassroots Democratic supporters throughout the state.
“I’m a Democrat. He’s a Republican. But I believe in a bipartisan effort, because that’s what it’s all about,” said Rep. Nangle. “As I walked through here today, and the Senator went around and said hello to a lot of different individuals here today, it amazed me, because I know all of you, and I know you’re sincere, caring people, and I know your party affiliation. And to me it just simply amazes me when I see the overwhelming support for Senator Brown walking through here today. And it truly is remarkable because the Senator has done a fantastic job over the last year and a half, two years. And I’m going to do something here today that, something that the Senator and I have talked about recently. And I’m going to come out here publicly today, and I’m throwing my support behind Senator Scott Brown. It’s a little impromptu, but you know what? I’m just tired of the gridlock, tired of the arguments that take place in Washington and everything that happens that we read about on a regular basis. And I think Jim Campanini from the Lowell Sun wrote it the best recently when I read his words and he referred to Senator Brown as the ‘Compromiser.’ And that’s what Scott does. He goes down, he works for each and every one of us, he does what he feels is right, he works diligently – the man is a good man.”