Friday, September 14, 2012

Scott Brown’s Ad Is A Lie!

You’ve probably seen the following ad by Senator Scott Brown:

Note that he says, “So I filed a bill to stop insider trading in Congress, and it got passed and signed into law.”

Well, that’s not exactly true. 

As the Boston Globe reported on September 12, “Brown’s bill, however, was not signed into law. The bill that made it to Obama’s desk was introduced by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, the Connecticut independent.”

Apparently, as we’ve pointed out in regard to their Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates, lying is becoming a standard campaign tool among Republican politicians.

The Globe reported in May that Brown did introduce a bill on the subject. But the bill was so hastily drafted that the Congressional committee set it aside in favor of Lieberman’s bill.

The relevant portion of that story said:

Within three days of a “60 Minutes’’ broadcast that suggested some members of Congress were financially profiting from advance knowledge of government regulations, Brown introduced a measure blocking anyone in Congress from using nonpublic information to influence personal investments. Brown muscled his way into the headlines in a race against a fellow Senate freshman, Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York who was drafting her own version of the same bill.

Brown has said that he does his homework and that he reads the bills that come before Congress. But in this instance, Brown’s measure was so hastily drafted that it contained exact language lifted from an earlier House bill on the same subject. And even after Brown’s draft was set aside by the Homeland Security Committee in favor of another version, Brown continued to claim credit in an encounter with President Obama. In January, Brown intercepted the president as he departed the House after his State of the Union speech.

“My insider trading bill is on Harry’s desk right now,’’ Brown told the president, referring to Reid. “Tell him to get it out. It’s ready to go.’’

As television cameras caught the moment, Obama promised Brown: “I’m going to tell him. I’m going to tell him to get it done.’’

The president signed the bill on April 4, with Brown among a handful of Democrats and Republicans invited to the White House ceremony.

It stretches credibility for Brown to claim the act as his own, said Wendy Schiller, an associate professor of political science at Brown University. But the rookie showed a quick response and deft footwork that could help him rack up more significant achievements if Massachusetts voters decide to send him back to the Senate for a full term.

“What’s fortunate for Scott Brown is that most people from Massachusetts aren’t expecting much from him legislatively,’’ she said. “His reelection campaign is not about what he’s done legislatively, but what he’ll do if you give him six more years.’’

Maybe it’s time to go back to telling us about the secret meetings he has with foreign heads of state.

UPDATE: This just in (click here). To clarify the latter, here's the difference between Democratic and Republican definitions of "Small Business."

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