The GOP’s newest Senator, Scott Brown (Mass.), brought the packed ballroom at the Conservative Political Action Conference to its feet Thursday, making a surprise appearance to introduce 2008 presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).
“One Democrat said there was no way in hell a Republican was going to get elected to the seat once held by Ted Kennedy,'” Brown said, referencing Rep. Mike Capuano, who lost in the Democratic primary for Kennedy’s seat that Brown now holds. “Well, here I am.”
The appearance comes as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tries to court Brown’s support for his jobs package. Brown didn’t address any specific policy issues but took a blanket jab at big government spending — a remark that drew applause from the conservative audience.
“For the big government spenders, I’m sure my election does not make them feel too good,” Brown said. “But for all those interested in restoring real checks and balances in Washington and bringing accountability and transparency back to our government … a new day is dawning.”
Brown also made a few jokes about campaign memes, saying that he drove his famous truck to the conference and that since he’s known to go off script, “Thank god my daughters are not behind me.”
Brown called Romney a “bright light” of the Republican Party and said he helped Brown win his election.
“If you want to fix our broken economy, let me give you a piece of advice: Listen to Mitt Romney,” Brown said. “He really means it when he says he’s committed to rebuilding the Republican Party.”