After much debate, the editorial board narrowly decided to endorse current U.S. Senator Scott Brown in the race for U.S. Senate.
Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate, is a strong candidate.
She is well educated on many of the issues voters face, one example being student loan debt, an issue close to college students’ hearts.
She has appealed to students in championing the belief that for them to lead successful, independent lives after college, they cannot go on being crippled by debt.
However, Scott Brown has represented Massachusetts well, making him the right choice for the state moving forward.
What Massachusetts needs is a senator who is willing to step across the aisle, which Brown has done on a number of issues.
It is good to see a candidate who does not toe the party line.
In fact, the only ones who have ever really accused Brown of being too partisan are Warren and her closest supporters.
While she puts up a strong fight against her Republican opponent, the fight against Brown is not the right one. When it comes to Brown’s history of reaching across the aisle, there is no bone to pick.
Unlike Brown, Warren has proven herself to be very aggressive on controversial issues such as birth control.
If elected, she might intimidate conservatives. We need a candidate that is willing to work with the other side, not isolate himself or herself.
Warren is also disconnected from Western Massachusetts. She comes across as highly educated and somewhat elitist, and people outside of the Boston area find it hard to relate to her.
On the other hand, Brown’s character is more relatable and champions issues important to residents of those areas.
Brown is also very dedicated to his constituents, such as local fishermen.
For instance, he has made it his priority to travel to Gloucester to talk to fishermen and educate himself about their struggles.
In times like these, compromise and loyalty to constituents trump politics. For those reasons, Massachusetts needs Brown.