Brown to Visit Capitol Hill Thursday

Posted January 20, 2010 at 11:37am

Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown (R) is headed to Washington, D.C., on Thursday and thinks he should be seated promptly in the Senate, based on unofficial results.

Brown, who held a press conference in Boston to discuss his stunning win in Tuesday night’s special election, called his trip to D.C. “a courtesy call,— and said he had “great trust— in Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin to process the vote totals and get the election results certified.

Brown said the main message he thinks his victory delivered is that “people are tired of business as usual.—

“The main thing they want is good government back and to be part of the process again,— he said.

Brown said he would vote against the Democrats’ health care reform bill in the Senate, to “bring it back to the drawing board.— He said he supports some elements of the bill and believes it is “important for everyone to have some form of health care,— but “I think we can do better— than what the Senate has proposed.

He denied, however, that he planned to go to Washington purely to put the brakes on President Barack Obama’s agenda, and he spoke warmly both of Obama and Massachusetts’ senior Senator, John Kerry (D).

And he promised to maintain the independence he talked up on the campaign trail, emphasizing dialogue and transparency over partisanship. “I am from a big-tent philosophy,— Brown said.

And, he added, “I’ve already made it very, very clear that I’m not beholden to anybody.—