Scott Brown at the Moran Square Diner and the Race for Senate

by Datechguy | November 5th, 2012

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Scott Brown at the Moran Square Diner and the Race for Senate

The Moran Square Diner has been a Fitch­burg fix­ture for decades host


host­ing locals. Years ago Sen­a­tor Edward Kennedy put away a Cheese­burger and a dog at this cor­ner booth dur­ing his visit.

With elec­tion day 24 hours away Sen­a­tor Scott Brown Bus came to Fitchburg

and after speak­ing to the crowd

sat in that very same booth

[cap­tion id=“attachment_41890” align=“aligncenter” width=“450”] The Kennedy booth becomes the People’s booth[/caption]

greet­ing vot­ers and talk­ing to peo­ple at lunch turn­ing the “Kennedy” seat into the “Peo­ple” seat as he seeks re-​election and a full six year term to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of Massachusetts.

It’s not sur­pris­ing he would find him­self in Fitch­burg, and not just for the incred­i­ble break­fasts and lunch that owner Chris Gian­netti has been serv­ing to hun­gry cus­tomers for years.

or the hot choco­late that his daugh­ter enjoyed after a brief interview:

good rea­sons thought they are.

It was because Fitch­burg was one of the key cities that took Brown over the top, shock­ing pun­dits nation­ally and locally with his spe­cial elec­tion win in Jan­u­ary 2010 which was the har­bin­ger of the elec­toral pound­ing the left received 10 months. Inspir­ing GOP chal­lengers such as Jon Gol­nik run­ning in dis­tricts like Ma-​3 where once the left once ran unopposed.

His 2010 vic­tory remains a dri­ver as the nation heads for the polls in 2012.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_41892” align=“aligncenter” width=“450”] Gail Huff, wife of Sen­a­tor Scott Brown greets a voter[/caption]

It’s not an easy road. Incum­bency is one of the few advan­tages Sen­a­tor Brown brings to the race in 2012, this time around. Mass­a­chu­setts remains a deep blue state (+25 reg­is­tra­tion advan­tage for democ­rats), instead of a spe­cial elec­tion with only his race to be decided he faces democ­rats above and below his spot on the ticket all try­ing to drive the faith­ful to the polls and finally he faces in Eliz­a­beth War­ren a per­son with a national fol­low­ing and rep­u­ta­tion and mil­lions of dol­lars to back her from some of the biggest donors the Demo­c­rat party has.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_41893” align=“aligncenter” width=“450”] GOP can­di­date for Ma-​3 Jon Gol­nik greets vot­ers in Fitch­burg before the Arrival of Sen­a­tor Brown[/caption]

These are tough hills to climb for Sen­a­tor Brown and a source of com­fort for Eliz­a­beth Warren

But alas for Pro­fes­sor War­ren, Sen­a­tor Brown coun­ters with two other advan­tages she can­not match for all the Hol­ly­wood dol­lars she may have to spend. He comes bear­ing a record as one of the most mod­er­ate Sen­a­tors in the con­gress at a time where grid­lock is a dirty word and “bi-​partisan” is the favorite phrase of the media. He spoke of this in his ini­tial remarks:

It’s very hard to con­demn your oppo­nent as an “extrem­ist” when he votes against his own party 40% of the time.

Sec­ondly there is Sen­a­tor Brown demeanor.

Sen­a­tor Brown has a well-​earned rep­u­ta­tion for lis­ten­ing to the vot­ers no mat­ter if they agree with him or no and being there when the vot­ers need him. For years peo­ple on the right who won­dered how Ted Kennedy kept his seat never tak­ing into account his leg­endary rep­u­ta­tion for con­stituent ser­vices. It is no acci­dent that after being elected Sen­a­tor Brown retained a fair amount of that Kennedy staff and shares that same rep­u­ta­tion for lis­ten­ing to and tak­ing care of the vot­ers who sent him to Washington.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_41897” align=“aligncenter” width=“450”] Sen­a­tor Brown with a fam­ily at Moran Square Diner[/caption]

This is why every poll of vot­ers in the state dur­ing this race shows him draw­ing Democ­rats in num­bers that no Repub­li­can in the coun­try could ever dream of and why Fitch­burg a city where, as Coun­selor at large Mar­cus DiNa­tale notes, Democ­rats have a 35 point reg­is­tra­tion advan­tage can be one of the cor­ner­stones of Sen­a­tor Brown’s re-​election plans.

National Democ­rats con­sid­ered this race their linch­pin to retain the US sen­ate in 2012, But as the lat­est polls and Sen­a­tor Brown’s dogged cam­paign shows mil­lions of dol­lars from the biggest elite donors from around the coun­try will be hard pressed to counter a hand shaken in per­son and an ear will­ing to lis­ten to a voter, any voter no mat­ter what the party affiliation.

Democ­rats were shocked at Scott Brown tak­ing “the Kennedy Seat” but as Sen­a­tor Brown fin­ished his meal in the booth once graced by his illus­tri­ous pre­de­ces­sor the left’s shock in 2010 is slow­ing becom­ing their res­ig­na­tion of 2012.

The Moran Square Diner has been a Fitchburg fixture for decades host


hosting locals. Years ago Senator Edward Kennedy put away a Cheeseburger and a dog at this corner booth during his visit.

With election day 24 hours away Senator Scott Brown Bus came to Fitchburg

and after speaking to the crowd

sat in that very same booth

The Kennedy booth becomes the People’s booth

greeting voters and talking to people at lunch turning the “Kennedy” seat into the “People” seat as he seeks re-election and a full six year term to represent the people of Massachusetts.

It’s not surprising he would find himself in Fitchburg, and not just for the incredible breakfasts and lunch that owner Chris Giannetti has been serving to hungry customers for years.

or the hot chocolate that his daughter enjoyed after a brief interview:

good reasons thought they are.

It was because Fitchburg was one of the key cities that took Brown over the top, shocking pundits nationally and locally with his special election win in January 2010 which was the harbinger of the electoral pounding the left received 10 months. Inspiring GOP challengers such as Jon Golnik running in districts like Ma-3 where once the left once ran unopposed.

His 2010 victory remains a driver as the nation heads for the polls in 2012.

Gail Huff, wife of Senator Scott Brown greets a voter

It’s not an easy road. Incumbency is one of the few advantages Senator Brown brings to the race in 2012, this time around. Massachusetts remains a deep blue state (+25 registration advantage for democrats), instead of a special election with only his race to be decided he faces democrats above and below his spot on the ticket all trying to drive the faithful to the polls and finally he faces in Elizabeth Warren a person with a national following and reputation and millions of dollars to back her from some of the biggest donors the Democrat party has.

GOP candidate for Ma-3 Jon Golnik greets voters in Fitchburg before the Arrival of Senator Brown

These are tough hills to climb for Senator Brown and a source of comfort for Elizabeth Warren

But alas for Professor Warren, Senator Brown counters with two other advantages she cannot match for all the Hollywood dollars she may have to spend. He comes bearing a record as one of the most moderate Senators in the congress at a time where gridlock is a dirty word and “bi-partisan” is the favorite phrase of the media. He spoke of this in his initial remarks:

It’s very hard to condemn your opponent as an “extremist” when he votes against his own party 40% of the time.

Secondly there is Senator Brown demeanor.

Senator Brown has a well-earned reputation for listening to the voters no matter if they agree with him or no and being there when the voters need him. For years people on the right who wondered how Ted Kennedy kept his seat never taking into account his legendary reputation for constituent services. It is no accident that after being elected Senator Brown retained a fair amount of that Kennedy staff and shares that same reputation for listening to and taking care of the voters who sent him to Washington.

Senator Brown with a family at Moran Square Diner

This is why every poll of voters in the state during this race shows him drawing Democrats in numbers that no Republican in the country could ever dream of and why Fitchburg a city where, as Counselor at large Marcus DiNatale notes, Democrats have a 35 point registration advantage can be one of the cornerstones of Senator Brown’s re-election plans.

National Democrats considered this race their linchpin to retain the US senate in 2012, But as the latest polls and Senator Brown’s dogged campaign shows millions of dollars from the biggest elite donors from around the country will be hard pressed to counter a hand shaken in person and an ear willing to listen to a voter, any voter no matter what the party affiliation.

Democrats were shocked at Scott Brown taking “the Kennedy Seat” but as Senator Brown finished his meal in the booth once graced by his illustrious predecessor the left’s shock in 2010 is slowing becoming their resignation of 2012.

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