Scott Brown = RINO? So Say Some of His Disappointed Supporters
Newly elected and seated Republican Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and fellow Republican Senators Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, George Voinovich and Kit Bond, joined with Democrats across the aisle to vote Yay on the jobs creation bill put forward by Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The five Republican senators that voted for the job creation bill provided the Democratic controlled Senate with a fillibuster proof majority that allows the bill to be presented on the floor of the Senate for a simple majority vote.
Senator Scott's actions have angered many among the Right Wing and conservative base, as well as those claiming affiliation with the Tea Party movement, who all had previously cheered his win of the late Ted Kennedy's former Massachusetts seat, a Senate seat that had been Democratic for decades.
Senator Scott is being called a RINO, Republican in name only.
"I came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside and to do everything in my power to help create jobs for Massachusetts families," Brown explained in a statement. "This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I am voting for it because it contains measures that will help put people back to work.
A lot of Brown's online followers weren't buying it. RINO (Republican in Name Only) was one of the mildest epithets hurled at him on his Facebook page. A few samples:
On Twitter, critics summed up their disappointment in 140 characters or less:
- Scott Brown is a traitor
- You voted for it because you are a coward. RINO. Just another politician. So disappointing.
- You, sir, have made me regret my first political contribution EVER.
- You let me down like Tiger Woods, Scott.
- Nice sell out! You realize this is just a useless pork program. U turned on the people that put u in. We will remember!!
- Senator Brown: You Weren't Elected for Bipartisanship
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