Scott Brown Bought His Truck to Help Transport His Daughter’s Horse
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm
Frank Bruni reports a new fact in the Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) origin story. How and why did he acquire his “famous truck,” as he calls it?
As Arianna, the younger of his two daughters, told me, he originally purchased it not so he could haul lumber but so he could attach it to a trailer bearing her horse. He soon abandoned that plan. “It’s scary pulling a trailer,” he said, adding that he instead used the truck “for all of her horse stuff” and “it always smelled.”
Democrats made a hash out of their Brown counteroffensive — President Obama said, sort of clumsily, that Brown’s image was just that, an image, and “anyone can buy a truck.” As Bruni points out, Brown (unlike, say, Doug Hoffman) is really a successful politician with an enviable lifestyle. But the bumbling Democrats, led by Martha Coakley, had no idea how to turn that into a negative. And in the state where the Kennedys became (and remain) populist heroes, perhaps it was an impossible task.
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