Brown’s staff declined to say which days he served either this summer or during other times of the year, except to say he is current on his commitments. In September, he held two campaign fund-raisers in Washington after one of his duty days at the Pentagon.
A review of Brown’s senatorial and campaign schedule shows just five days in August when he did not have campaign events in Massachusetts or when the Senate was not in session in Washington.
Brown himself publicly declared he was performing Guard duty on just two days, Aug. 28 and Aug. 29, which coincided with the start of the Republican National Convention.
When he skipped all but the convention’s final day, it prompted questions about whether he was ducking an event where some of his party’s more extreme elements were on public display.
His supporters had a ready retort.
“As I understand it, he has to serve his nation in the National Guard,” said former lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, who was cochairwoman of the Massachusetts convention delegation.
When Brown finally arrived in Tampa, the senator also cited his Guard obligations as among the reasons he had to turn down a request to play a more prominent role in the proceedings.
“I have my own race, and I have my own life, as you know,” Brown told reporters. “There’s only so many days in the year to be a dad and a husband and a soldier and a senator and then run for reelection.”