U.S. Sen. Scott Brown — an upstart Blue State Republican in the cross hairs of national Democrats — is lashing out at the party’s opposition researchers, accusing them of prying into his family’s private health insurance records, and demanding that they stop fighting dirty.Just imagine if opposition researchers began snooping into Barney Frank's private health records. We'd never hear the end of it.
“It seems in bad form. Obviously, when it comes to information about my wife and daughters, it crosses the line. I find it offensive and so do they,” Brown told the Herald yesterday.
“They (Democrats) don’t have any business muddling in the private health records of my family,” said Brown, adding that his family is “disturbed” by the intrusion.
Officials from the Group Insurance Commission, the state’s health insurance provider, notified Brown on Tuesday that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee asked them “to provide insurance information,” according to a copy of the GIC letter obtained by the Herald.
According to Larry Sabato, Brown is likely the only vulnerable Republican in 2012, so expect nothing less than the lowest of gutter tactics. This is who they are.
GIC officials could not be reached for comment, but a letter sent by the agency to Brown’s lawyer Tuesday warns “some or all of the material requested may constitute ‘personal data.’ ”Brown needs to smarten up and realize Democrats aren't his friends. Bucking Republicans and voting with them isn't going to win himself any favors.
This fierce partisan crossfire marks the start of what is expected to be a well-financed Democratic campaign to win back a prized Senate seat previously held by the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Brown, who won an astonishing come-from-behind special election last year, is up for re-election in 2012.
Several Democrats are mulling a challenge, including U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville), Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and Newton Mayor Setti Warren.
“The big picture is that Scott Brown is virtually the only Republican senator of the 10 up for re-election that could possibly be vulnerable,” said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. “The Democrats have got to dig up some dirt because they don’t have any alternative.”