TrendPo Midnight Vignettes – Scott Brown

By JD Chang

Not many people in recent memory have burst onto the political scene the way that Scott Brown (R-Mass) has. Originally from Wakefield, Mass., Brown went to Tufts, Boston College Law School and has also been a part of the Massachusetts Army National Guard for 30 years.

Brown served three years in the Massachusetts House and three years in the Mass. Senate from 1998 to 2009. In 2009, Brown made political waves by being the first Republican to win a US Senate seat since 1972. Perceived as a long shot in the special election for the late Ted Kennedy’s seat, Brown ended up defeating Democrat Martha Coakley overcoming significant challenges of name recognition, a largely Democratic state, and having to campaign during the Christmas holidays. He polled behind Coakley for several months, but made up the gap in early January with a fundraising frenzy of $5 million dollars raised between Jan. 11th to Jan. 15th. He went on to win the election 51.9% to 47.1% in a big upset that had national implications.Since then, Brown was ranked as “the most popular officeholder in Massachusetts” according to a poll conducted by the Boston Globe (June 2010), and on March 30, 2011, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee released a poll showing that Brown remained the “most popular politician in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with an approval rating of 73 percent.”

Brown is no stranger to accolades. Back in June 1982, Brown, then a 22-year-old law student at Boston College, won Cosmopolitan magazine’s “America’s Sexiest Man” contest and went on to have a lucrative part-time catalog and print modeling career in New York and Boston during the 1980s.

( will highlight a new politician each night at midnight EST until Nov. 6th)

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