Monday, March 21, 2011

Scott Brown on John Kerry: 'I Don’t Think He’s An Elitist — and Neither Do His Butlers'

Ouch. A shame Lurch wasn't around to see his reaction. Granted, it was in jest, but I doubt Kerry would find it funny.
Among the leading Massachusetts political figures who trekked to South Boston yesterday for the neighborhood’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day political roast, it was Senator Scott Brown who made himself most at home among the conservative Reagan Democrats who helped him stage his election upset last year.

“You’ve been so, so nice, I actually want to invite you to a book-signing I’m having down at the Kennedy Library — or, as I like to call it, ‘the People’s Library,’ ’’ the Republican quipped. He recalled a campaign vow to reclaim “the people’s seat’’ after the near half-century tenure of Democratic Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

In one of the longest and most laugh-producing routines, Brown was unsparing in his barbs, even when it came to Mitt Romney, a fellow Republican, regarding his political advisers as he plots a second presidential campaign.

“I don’t know if anyone’s told Governor Romney that the president gets to only live in one house, not a couple of houses,’’ Brown said of Romney, who has houses in Massachusetts, on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, and on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, Calif.

But Brown was most withering toward several Democrats with whom he served in the State House until his elevation to the US Senate a year ago.

He handed Governor Deval Patrick a cellphone, which he joked was pre-programmed with the number of Fidelity Investments. The Boston-based investment giant blindsided the governor last week by announcing, while he was on an overseas trade mission, that it was transferring 1,100 jobs out of state.

“’I’ve actually added the country code. When you’re out of the United States again, dialing from overseas, you’ll never be in the dark again,’’ the senator said with Patrick seated next to him.

Brown also mockingly dismissed suggestions that his senior colleague, Senator John Kerry, was out of touch.

“I don’t think he’s an elitist — and neither do his butlers,’’ he said. Brown also joked that at Kerry’s suggestion, he had re-registered his famous green pickup truck in Rhode Island; Kerry faced criticism for taking delivery of a new $7 million yacht in Rhode Island last year.

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