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Matt Brown Plans Insurgent Senate Campaign (posted April 17, 2005)
Democratic Senate candidate Matt Brown is emphasizing insurgency in his U.S.
Senate campaign. Appearing today on the WJAR-TV show "10 News
Conference", Brown said he is "not part of the political
club." Asked why Representatives Patrick Kennedy and James Langevin (and
other leading Democrats) have endorsed his opponent Sheldon Whitehouse, Brown
described his opponents as part of the political establishment. "I come
from a non-profit background", Brown stated while Whitehouse was a
"career politician". Brown said "I am not coming from a
political background", but instead has worked for non-profits such as
City Year and worked in the neighborhoods with ordinary people. Brown has
been in office for two years and noted he "took on the political
establishment last time and beat them". He said he was not a millionaire
and his grandfather arrived in America through Ellis Island.
When asked to characterize his differences with Whitehouse, Brown said,
"we have very different backgrounds. His background is a career
politican. My background is as an outsider .... I have experience doing
something other than politics".
Brown said he is against the death penalty, does not believe the government
should intervene in family and medical decisions at the end of life, and
supports civil unions and partnership benefits for gays.