In the über partisan battle over raising ‘the debt ceiling’, it has been reported that Senator Scott Brown(R-MA) told Boston NPR affiliate WBUR earlier today, that he would support the so-called ‘Reid plan’ when it is brought up for a vote. Shortly after though, a Brown spokesman said hours ago in a statement that Brown would support ‘ any of the current plans or any others that raise the debt ceiling while tackling the nation’s long-term deficit.
We are days away from default. Senator Brown will support a bill that contains spending cuts and doesn’t increase taxes and allows us to avoid default. That could be a Republican bill, or a Democrat bill – it doesn’t matter. He believes we need to set aside our party loyalties and get the job done for the people we represent.
The Senator does appear to be reinforcing his statements with his vote. After all, he did side with the majority of his party to go forward with the ‘Boehner plan’ which later went down to a well forecast defeat in that body by a vote of 59-41.
Brown has done his best to distance himself from other ‘tea partiers’ who were elected last year on a platform of cutting spending, the deficit, and the size of government. Given the stakes with Tuesday’s deadline looming before a possible down grade of the nation’s ‘triple A’ credit rating or an outright default; its predictable and pretty politically savvy that Brown would at least fashion himself as Bi-Partisan voice seeking agreement in a divided government.