‘Scott Brown will swing his agenda to the highest bidder’
Recently, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown visited the New England Wood Pellet in Jaffrey, as one of his stops on an energy tour. This came a surprise to many people reading about it in the paper, after he has shown energy efficiency is not important to him by his opposition to the critically important bipartisan Shaheen-Portman legislation. Brown made some very vague statements about energy, launched into a series of political attacks, took some pictures and left. It certainly wasn’t the type of policy event that we are used to from statewide or even presidential candidates.
Brown also refused to take a position on the new EPA initiative that will curb carbon emissions by 30 percent by the year 2030, he said it is a “wait and see approach.” This seems to be the theme of his campaign. He will not take a specific stance on key issues within New Hampshire, like energy efficiency, because he does not know where to stand. The white paper he released, which touts his energy policy, was long on political attacks but short on his aforementioned energy priorities. There is a lack of substance and direct actions he would take to help energy producers in New Hampshire or anywhere else for that matter. Brown has shown in the past that energy efficiency is in fact not a priority on his agenda. Our own Senator Jeanne Shaheen worked on a comprehensive Energy Efficiency bill with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) that would have created 200,000 jobs, saved taxpayers billions of dollars, and made the environment healthier. This bipartisan legislation had broad support, with six additional co-sponsors from each side of the aisle. The Shaheen-Portman bill would have been great not only for New Hampshire, but the country. Despite these benefits, Brown successfully lobbied his former colleagues to kill the bill and ultimately hurt people everywhere.
This type of behavior has become the one of the many stories of Brown’s campaign. He puts politics before people, something neither Republicans nor Democrats do in New Hampshire. The energy-efficiency bill might have boosted Senator Shaheen’s re-election bid, but more importantly it would have been great for everyday people. However, because Brown saw this as something that may hurt his election bid, he put his priorities before the people he claims to want to represent.
The uncertainty of where he stands on issues combined with his selfishness makes him unpredictable and potentially dangerous to anyone he represents. He has a history of supporting Big Oil, Wall Street, and has received massive donations from The Koch Brothers. On top of this, he is embroiled in a scandal with the penny stock company Global Digital Solutions Inc., who paid him $1.3 million in stock to sit on their advisory board, despite that analysts classify the company as a sham and something they would never tell investors to become involved in. All of these factors show Brown will swing his agenda to the highest bidder, not what is best for New Hampshire. I strongly oppose his candidacy and believe that Jeanne Shaheen is best qualified to be our senator
Carl S. DeMatteo of Keene is chair of the Cheshire County Democratic Committee.