Since he entered office in January, Sen. Scott Brown (R) has been saying that the people of Massachusetts sent a message to Congress with his election.
Apparently, that message wasn’t sent by e-mail. With nearly three months in office, the newest Republican Senator didn’t have a functional “e-mail Sen. Brown” feature on his Web site until Wednesday night.
A number of Brown’s constituents complained about the inability to reach the Senator, especially as the health care debate reached a peak last week.
“Certainly a lot of his constituents would like to communicate with him, especially right now,” said Kingston, Mass., resident Charles Lamb, a 71-year-old veteran and retiree who voted for Brown.
Peter Pratt, a Boston businessman who once worked for Brown’s predecessor, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D), said Kennedy was recognized for being in touch with his constituents.
“Not having e-mail is like a slap in the face of Massachusetts,” he said. “As a Massachusetts voter, resident and former elected and appointed official, I kind of don’t get it.”
The frustration of constituents must have struck a chord. When contacted by Roll Call earlier in the week, Brown spokesman Colin Reed said in a statement: “Creating an innovative Web site for Massachusetts’ residents to communicate and interact with Scott Brown is one of his top administrative priorities. We’re currently working to launch Scott Brown’s full Web site in the very near future.”
Then, Wednesday, the site published for the first time a public e-mail address where voters can e-mail the Senator: email@example.com.
Still, most Senate Web sites have an embedded e-mail form, which Brown still lacks. In fact, Brown’s site is still barren in many ways, with only “News,” “About” and “Contact” sections and little else. “Welcome to my temporary website,” reads a banner on the main page. “I am developing a permanent website with more information and resources that will allow you to interact with me. In the meantime, I hope you will find this temporary site helpful in communicating with my office.”
Brown does, though, have vibrant accounts on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook. Voters who were upset by his vote in favor of a Democratic jobs bill earlier in February expressed their displeasure on his Facebook wall.