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Brown stands by supporting a tax-subsidized golf course over 9/11 rescue workers.

Posted by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 7:43 PM
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State Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate special election on Tuesday, voted on Oct. 17, 2001 to deny financial aid to Red Cross rescue workers who had volunteered with 9/11 recovery efforts. As a state representative at the time, Brown was one out of only three legislators who had opposed the overwhelmingly bipartisan measure. As ThinkProgress reported on Saturday, at the same time Brown was voting against the 9/11 rescue workers bill, he sponsored House Bill 4423, a measure to provide a tax-subsidized bond to build a golf course in Newport, a town in his district. Brown, earlier this weekend, told ThinkProgress that he opposed the rescue worker money because of the state’s fiscal condition and because he had his own “priorities.” Given the revelation that Brown fought for a golf course over the rescue worker aid, ThinkProgress again approached Brown for comment today:

TP: Mr. Brown, in 2001 when you voted against financial aid for 9/11 rescue workers, you were pushing a bill for a tax subsidized golf course in your district. Can you explain that?

BROWN: I’m not sure what you’re referring to. [...]

TP: Are you going to explain that vote?

BROWN: Number two, we were in a financial difficulty and we couldn’t afford it unfortunately.

TP: But you could afford a tax-subsidized bond for a golf course?

BROWN: We had to obviously take care of the people of Massachusetts who needed to stay employed.

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Brown’s golf course bill passed on November 30, 2001, a few weeks after he voted to kill the 9/11 rescue worker financial aid. While the golf course construction certainly kept people employed, Brown’s self-professed interest in protecting the American homeland doesn’t extend to the rescue workers who rushed to the site of the twin towers after the attacks of 9/11.

by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 7:43 PM
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rotPferd
by Silver Member on Jan. 19, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Good grief! Do you go slummin in the op/ed pages and post every negative article you can find? Have you ever heard the saying that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all? I get that you're a hardcore liberal democrat, but come on! 

"Oh come on! Am I talking to myself here? I say they're vegetarian. You say GRR. I say can we talk about this? You say GRR. I don't call that communication." GRRR! "See, that's your answer to everything." --- Sid

Raintree
by Ruby Member on Jan. 19, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Typical.

SxyMartini
by on Jan. 19, 2010 at 12:29 PM

LOL! What am I supposed to post something nice about you people? How about this....I will when I find something nice to say. 

Til then....Enjoy!

 

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