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His Name is Scott Brown

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In my 16 years behind the camera for newspapers I covered more than a few local and statewide political campaigns.
That was fine with me as Political Science was my major in college.
Anyway, by now a good portion of the English-speaking world knows the name of Scott Brown. The state senator from Wrentham MA who defeated the Attorney General of Massachusetts to claim Massachusetts United States Senate seat previously held by Edward M. Kennedy.
Before Teddy held that seat his brother John held it. With a brief interlude with Benjamin A. Smith II in the middle.
There have been some pretty heavyweight political luminaries over the course of the history of the U.S. Senate that have held that seat.

All that said, I met Scott Brown for the first time in 1998. Back then he was in a three way race to take a Massachusetts state representative seat. As I was working in the bucolic hamlet of Norfolk MA at the time, this was a race that I covered.

Now I’m pretty sure I have more images than this, and as a good number of people have yet to become my Facebook friend, I figured I’d post a few shots from a long time ago in this space.

Do enjoy a small window back in time. While some have grown up in these images, there is little doubt we’ve all aged.


1998 League of Women Voters Debate

Scott Brown, center, at a League of Women Voters debate

1998 League of Women Voters Debate

Scott Brown answers questions on mic.

1998 Scott Brown Campaign

Scott Brown in shades and a leather jacket. I'd have to do more research to figure out why he is dressed as such, but Scott Brown has always be up for doing what it takes. Looks like he is having fun.

1998 Election Night With Daughter

Holding his daughter (unsure which one) and a mobile phone, Scott Brown receives polling information on election night during his run for state representative.

1998 Election Night Victory Hug

Scott Brown is hugged by his daughter (unsure which one) as his wife Gail Huff, right, joins the celebration on election night. Scott Brown was elected to serve in the State of Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Election Update for September 3, 2008.

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(update found image on a street in NYC in October – adds something to the mood of the electorate at the time I wrote this post – j.)

I am really loving this campaign season now.

Palin is political kindling, it’s amazing to watch, looking forward to her speech tonight, Wednesday.

For me, however, the upcoming debates will make or break the whole deal.

In the meantime some links to visit. Keep y’all smilin’

Real fun….

Even funnier…

More than slightly biased…

Written by j.

September 3rd, 2008 at 1:29 pm

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