Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
Republican Scott Brown may be a US senator now, but that hasn't stopped him from rekindling his roots as a state senator as he tries to stoke support for his 2012 reelection campaign.
Twice in recent weeks, Brown has issued statements condemning local Democrats amid the ongoing federal corruption trial of former House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi.
Yesterday, he did so after Governor Deval Patrick appeared on the witness stand, though Brown was careful not to single out the most powerful Democrat in the state by name.
“I have been greatly disappointed by the news coming out of federal court," said Brown. "Corruption thrives in a political system that is based on going along to get along. The way to stop bad behavior is not by giving in to it, but by remembering the obligation we have to serve the people and no individual or special interest.”
On May 15, during a commencement address at Lasell College, Brown broke with the festive mood to similarly comment on the trial.
"I don't care if you're a Democrat or a Republican, just as one political party can't be right 100 percent of the time, it shouldn't have 100 percent of the power. Unchallenged power grows arrogant over time. It is what has given us one case of graft after another," he said.
Today, Brown again tweaked Patrick by appearing jointly with Tom Kelley, a Medal of Honor winner who was replaced by the governor as the state's veteran affairs secretary.
“Memorial Day is a day dedicated to remembering and respecting the service of those who have gone before us, and their gifts to our country,” Brown said in a statement after he appeared with Kelley at a Memorial Day parade in Saugus.
"It is a sacred and solemn day, one in which we honor those men and women in uniform for whom we cannot overstate our great debt of gratitude. I was honored to be joined by an American hero like Tom Kelley, and grateful for his lifetime of service to our country," said Brown.
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