Scott Brown's Shame: One Year Later [Editorial]

Scott Brown’s silence:

This is not an issue of politics.  It is an issue of character.

By Walter Brooks

Here’s something for Elizabeth Warren to ponder on Saturday as she travels the Upper Cape:  One year ago Senator Scott Brown wrote a book and then went on national television, telling the world how he was molested at a Christian summer camp on Cape Cod.

And then all Hell broke loose.

Practically everyone in Southeastern Massachusetts knows what happened.  Allegations of child molestation surfaced, one suspect committed suicide, the camp was shuttered for a year, the DA is investigating and prominent attorneys start building stables of clients for the lawsuits sure to follow.

Know what’s really troubling about this whole thing?  Scott Brown could have put a stop to this years ago.

Scott Brown was an attorney – an officer of the court – since the 1980’s.  He was a municipal official in the 1990’s and then was elected to the legislature in 1998.  Scott Brown was and is a powerful man – a man who could’ve stepped up and put a stop to the alleged abuses at Camp Good News at any time in the past 25 years.

Why didn’t he?  As we see it there are only two possibilities:

  1. It didn’t happen.  Senator Brown fictionalized the incident to sell books, germinating his story from a seed of truth based on his observations at the camp.  That would explain why he hasn’t named his abuser.  It would also explain why he apparently never thought to call the authorities in Sandwich or at the DA’s office to tell them someone might be raping children at the camp.
  2. It did happen but he chose to protect his abuser’s identity.  Why would he do such a thing?  Could he have been more involved in the bad behavior at camp than was initially thought?  Could it be that his abuser (or someone else) “had something” on the Senator which forced him to be silent?  After all, Brown was himself a Cosmo beefcake model and was exposed to all kinds of hijinks in the Studio 54’s of 1980’s New York City.  Perhaps someone from his Christian camping past had some dirt on Brown that forced his silence.  Why else would he remain silent while children continued to suffer the molestations alleged by many Camp Good News alumni?

Gentle readers, this is not an issue of politics.  It is an issue of character.  It is an issue of ethics.  It is an issue of moral courage. 

It is an issue of all those attributes that we find lacking in the junior Senator from Massachusetts.

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