In the wake of Gov. Christie’s public approval of President Obama’s handling of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, he faced a pummeling from a segment of the conservative media, as well as several Republican figures. However, many seem to forget that Gov. Christie, despite his bluster and legendary temper, has always been a moderate Republican politician, and his policies has always been crafted through discussions and compromises with Democrats.
Therein lies his appeal - his ability to forge partnerships, a trait that was first recognized by former president George W. Bush, who appointed the Newark-born lawyer as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey in 2001. His eight year tenure is most remembered for the wide-ranging corruption probes which eventually led to the convictions of 130 officials from all levels of the state government.
There are not many politicians who can lay claim to creating a support bloc within the opposition party. But like his idol, former president Ronald Reagan, Cosmo’s 1982 America’s Sexiest Man can count on the support of the Brown Democrats from the blue state of Massachusetts.
Ironically though, despite the former National Guardsmen’s consistent record of voting along party lines, he is often derisively referred to as a RINO by a section of the grassroots. Perhaps this has to do with Brown’s less than enthusiastic stance on abortion, where some would even go as far as calling him a pro-choice advocate. Or, his resistance to attempts by colleagues to enact legislation banning same-sex marriages in the Bay State. Many within the ranks though, point at his tie-breaking vote in the Senate for the passing of the President Obama-backed Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010.
Whatever the reason may be, perhaps his troubled childhood (a broken home, sexual abuses and shopliftings) has made him just that little bit more sympathetic to those that do not share his convictions. It is a testament to the former real estate attorney’s strength of character though that he managed to successfully leave those dark days behind.
However, one thing that most can agree on is that Senator Scott Philip Brown is one of the most hardworking politicians in the country, as he demonstrated during his 14 years in the Massachusetts legislatures and 3 years in the U.S. Senate. Many would recall an exhausted Brown seemingly ready to fall asleep at the podium during his Senate election victory speech.
However, for all of his potential, many are wondering why a relatively junior politician is receiving so much attention and at one point, was heralded by some quarters as a potential president of the country. His supporters have drawn parallels with President Obama’s own relatively short three years tenure as Senator before running for President.
His time with the National Guards could turn out to be a major selling point under the present political climate. While he did not participate in any combat, he has been deployed to Kazakhstan and Paraguay on peacekeeping and support missions, and was also awarded the Army’s Commendation Medal following the 9/11 WTC attacks (for meritorious service in homeland security).
His reelection defeat at the hands of Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2012 has dampened his momentum, but less it be forgotten, this is the same man who won the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in the heavily-liberal state. No small feat by any stretch of the imagination.