Normally when a politician does something that a Vote Core Values Advisory Board Member feels ought to go up on the Wall of Shame, the Board takes vote and the nominee for the dishonor is either accepted or rejected for our unique distinction.
However, this time we have a very special nominee. So special that Vote Core Values decided to let our readers vote.
Whether or not this nominee wins our award, said nominee should consider it a dishonor to be nominated. It works just like the Oscars don’t you know!
And the nominee for worst Republican of the year is: Drum-roll Please!
Senator Emeritus Scott Brown!!!
He has earned this nomination for waiting until after the MA-GOP elected Kirsten Hughes our new Chair, after spending weeks sending the signal that if she weren’t elected he would not run, thus implying that her election would cause him to run.
Every Republican in
the State is victim of this cruel hoax. But the most aggrieved victim is Kristen Hughes. First Kirsten had to endure the natural skepticism of those who believed she was only running to allow Scott Brown to take over the party. And the record shows that I was one of those skeptics and critics. Now she’s put in this horrible position. The conspiracy theorists will say she knew all along. I’m certainly not one of those. Moreover, the Dishonorable Senator Emeritus has created a crisis for Kirsten to have to start her tenure with. Here we are with less than month to gather signatures, and Kirsten needs to shop around for viable candidate to run for United States Senate.
Of course he’s also stuck to it any candidate who might have thought about running before, but wouldn’t consider it since it was assumed Brown was running. Had they had enough time, they could have sought out support, put together an exploratory committee, done all the things necessary to prepare with proper notice.
Brown also shafted State and Local Committee members. We have municipal elections to worry about. For towns we only have few weeks to gather signatures, as the elections are in the Spring; not to mention we need to help with the special elections for the Beacon Hill vacancies. Gathering signatures for Brown would have been simple. He has a machine in place, he has name recognition, plus people wouldn’t have to scramble to help Kirsten find and vet a viable candidate.
Scott Brown injured every Republican in the State as well. The hopes of regaining that seat are greatly diminished, because anyone we run, will not have the head start he had, they haven’t had a chance to get their things in order to run, etc, etc, etc.
Finally, all the voters in the Commonwealth were on the receiving end on Brown’s signature performance. He’s damaged the MA-GOP brand and in so doing he’s hurt our ability to end one party rule in this state.
But I reiterate Senator Emeritus Brown shafted Kirsten Hughes the worst of all. She starts her tenure with a cloud over her head and with a crisis on her hands. Now more than ever we need to support her and the party. She finds herself in a very unenviable position.