MA GOP Sen.-elect Scott Brown’s certification has been moved up from February 11 to tomorrow.
Not sure why he waited to hurry things up now. But better late…
US Senator-elect Scott Brown this afternoon sent a letter to Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of State William Galvin, requesting them to “certify without delay” the results of the Jan. 19 special election.
In a letter written by his legal counsel, Daniel B. Winslow, Brown said he wanted the results certified no later than 11 a.m. Thursday so that he can deliver a copy to the Secretary of the United States Senate in time to be administered the oath of office by Thursday afternoon.
Brown had initially planned to be sworn into office Feb. 11 but, Winslow wrote, he has been advised that there are a number of votes scheduled prior to that date. For that reason, he wants certification to occur immediately.
The demand reversed Brown’s earlier declaration that he did not want to be sworn in until Feb. 11, a grace period he said he needed to hire a staff and prepare for his new responsibilities. It also followed criticism from conservative radio hosts and newspaper columnists about what one dubbed a “three-week victory lap.”
The senator-elect now says there are Senate votes in which he may want to participate, but he didn’t specify which ones.
Spot the red flag from the Boston Globe interview the other day with Brown on his staff picks:
Where are you with your staff?
“We’re good. In Boston right now we’re almost fully staffed, in Boston. We have about 27-28 positions in Washington, we’ve got maybe a quarter of them filled.”
“In Boston, in DC. I’ve got about 7 or 8 here.”
What’s a full complement?
“That’ll be a full staff.”
We heard you may be hiring one or two from Kennedy’s office?
Is that an olive branch gesture?
“I just go — I don’t care who they are as long as they’re good people and they’ll be trustworthy and loyal and they’ll do their jobs, I don’t care. Kennedy had some of the best people in the country and I’m honored to have some of them and I have the best immigration person in the country, and–”
Is it Elizabeth-?
“It’s uh, it’s Emily, uh, what’s Emily’s last name? I just call her Em, so. And I have it all written down. I don’t even know my own name right now.” [The staffer is Emily Winterson, the late Senator Kennedy’s immigration liaison.]
Is there another? Two from EMK staff?
“You have to check with Beth — Beth Lindstrom’s handling all that. But we’re looking for people form all over, regardless of who they work for, Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, we want the best people who want to have an exciting opportunity.
“We have over 1,800 applications, resumes. It’s phenomenal.
“We have 33 openings and we’ve probably hired a little under half of those.”