Brown or Warren; a disappointing choice

Distasteful Options in US Senate Race

Brown vs. Warren is a disappointing choice

By Walter Brooks

As a social liberal and fiscal conservative over the age of eighty, I have voted in more elections than I can remember – and have covered them as a journalist for some sixty years.  Rarely in my experience has there been such a distasteful selection of US Senate candidates as we have this year in Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.

I remain troubled by what I feel is the Senator’s lifetime of failure to act in the issue of child molestation.On one side we have incumbent Senator Scott Brown, a Republican who shocked the nation by winning the “Kennedy seat” in the 2010 special election that followed the death of “liberal lion” Senator Edward M. Kennedy.  Thanks to an overconfident campaign by his opponent, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and a surging Tea Party movement, Brown’s election stunned the Obama administration and showed the Democrats’ vulnerability due to a sour economy and a war weary public.

Senator Brown hasn’t been a bad senator.  I was pleasantly surprised by his voting record – that he didn’t march in lock-step with the Republicans on every single issue.  Yet I remain troubled by what I feel is the Senator’s lifetime of failure to act in the issue of child molestation at a Cape Cod summer camp he attended as an adolescent. 

Brown's failure to do name his abuser

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. In over twenty-five years as a lawyer – a sworn officer of the court – there’s no evidence that Senator Brown took any action to expose or ask law enforcement to investigate the alleged molestation that occurred at a Cape Cod Christian summer camp, which many people believe is Camp Good News.  The world first learned of the alleged incidents at camp when the Senator’s book was published following his election, followed by his appearance on "60 Minutes" bemoaning hios sexual abuse.  Pandora’s Box blew open, Camp Good News was closed for a season, a suspect committed suicide and the lawyers moved in.

As we editorialized several times, we have serious questions about the moral compass of a man who lived in a position of power for decades and never lifted a finger to protect other potential victims of molestation.

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.

Warren isn't much better

On the other side we have Professor Elizabeth Warren, alleged to be the hand-picked choice of President Obama to re-claim the “Kennedy seat”.  Professor Warren, who has never served in elective office, has been plagued by questions about her perceived misrepresentation of her Native American heritage and, more recently, her work as a lawyer for an insurance company defending against asbestos claims.

Skeletons like “Liarwatha” and her earning over six figures as an asbestos insurance advocate rattle around in Warren's closet.We have all heard the name-calling against Warren, maybe seen the feathers taped to her campaign signs, seen the bumper stickers and heard the asbestos-case political ads.  We’ve heard some of her rather lame response ads, too – I think the silliest was where one of her employers is quoted as saying they never discussed her Native American heritage in a job interview, as if any employer would ask such a question in an interview.

This is President Obama’s hand-picked choice to challenge Scott Brown?  Who vetted this woman?  With skeletons like “Liarwatha” and her earning over six figures as an asbestos insurance advocate rattling around in her closet, how did Elizabeth Warren ever pass muster with the national party for a crucial election like this?  This is the very best candidate the party could find to challenge Senator Brown?  A pox on the party for making such a  colossal mistake!

This news site advocated early and often that Governor Deval Patrick should be the Democratic candidate for US Senate in 2012.  I’ll bet there are some in the party leadership that wish they had listened to us now!

I’m not sure I can bring myself to pull the lever for either of these candidates, but I'll probably vote for Warren as the lesser of two bad candidates, and because of her stance on women's issues which would be threatened in a GOP majority and "Roe vs. Wade" will probably come before the conservation Supreme Court again and soon.

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