At Dracut House of Pizza yesterday, Senator Scott Brown was taking the time to stop and talk with just about everyone in attendance.
I was interested to watch this, as its best to take the “measure of the man” when he is talking off-script, and answering questions outright.
When I got a chance, I asked him about an issue that I think deserves immediate attention, and he agreed. But he did acknowledge that it would not be able to be dealt with until after the election. Politically, he’s right, but its always good to take an opportunity to advocate for your issues so I’m glad he at least knows there are people out here concerned (I keep the topic to myself, only because I don’t want to quote him in an off- the-record comment).
On the other hand, as you watch his stump speech he gave to the crowd (see an earlier post here), I noticed him go off script for a moment as well.
He turned to Jon Golnik, who is running for Congress against Niki Tsongas, looked him in the eye and said to him “you have to be your own man.”
This was during his discussion of the importance of finding a way to work together in Washington, and the difficulty he finds there with people on both sides being too .. stubborn I guess is the right term.
It was an interesting moment, and went by quickly, but you could see that he was trying to make a point to Golnik that was beyond the normal speech.
Politicians often have to meet people by the dozens at events like this, and I’m sure he remembers few. But its those moments that make you want to give him your support.. even though you know he will not always vote the way you want.
75% of the time with you, or 100% against.. seems like an easy choice.