The stage seems to be set for a 2016 presidential run from former Senator Scott Brown R-Mass. This is without a doubt what is to be behind his most recent actions and driving his sudden thirst for the limelight.
Most notably Sunday, Aug. 25 the former Senator found himself on stage playing with the 70’s rock group Cheap Trick. Musical acts from Senators almost always beget a political run of some sort. Otherwise, donning an American flag polo, guitar and appearing on stage with an out of date rock group in a Hampton Beach casino, would be considered odd everyday behavior.
The musical crusades from the once middle of the road Legislator are just one of the many strides toward the far off primaries. Brown has also become increasingly critical of current Senators, especially from his own sate.
Just this week, when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution giving the president 90 days to respond to the Syrian crisis with a limited military strike, Ed Markey D- Mass. kept his hands clean with a ‘present’ vote.
The measure ultimately passed 10 – 7, and the one ‘present’ vote from Markey. This maneuver ignited harsh criticism from Brown, who saw the noncommittal vote as weak.
The criticism from Brown came from a post on his Facebook page:
If you saw the new Senator from MA – Sen. Markey, he voted “present” in the Committee on Foreign Relations vote today. Please let him know that the people of MA did not send him down there to vote “present”, they sent him down there to at least vote. He gets a check, he should vote. I did not agree with John Kerry on much, but at least he would have had the guts to vote. Markey said he needs more time to analyze the information. He sits on the Committee that gets all the information. Unreal. Let’s see who covers for him.
Markey’s response, while calculated, was rather weak. Citing the need for more information before rushing into a decision on such a matter.
Both events are in addition to the insurmountable evidence in past weeks that Brown will run. His previous visit to the Iowa state Fair where he was very open about his interest in the 2016 presidential race is the foundation of this speculation. The only uncertainties surrounding his run stem from his recent loss against Elizabeth Warren D- Mass., his unpopularity with Tea-Party republicans, and of course the simple fact that the election is three years away.