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Scott Brown Bought His Truck to Help Transport His Daughter’s Horse

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

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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Feb 23, 2010

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.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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