Keller @ Large: Brown Slams Utilities, Engages Elizabeth Warren

BOSTON (CBS) – Senator Scott Brown is among those angered by the lingering power outages.

He came home from National Guard training in Afghanistan — to find many homes still without electricity.

Brown says he appreciates how tough this situation was for everyone involved, but he’s throwing his clout behind a move to make the power companies pay up for delays in fixing the storm-related problems.

“That’s unacceptable,” he says of the outages. “My office has been working on trying to find out where the breakdown is, what the breakdown is, and how we can avoid it in the future.”

He is endorsing a move on Beacon Hill to force the utilities to give rebates for customers who lost power; two day’s worth for every day of outage.

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“Give them a little bit of a financial hit to say you know what? How about anticipating these things a little better.”

Scott Brown also talked to WBZ about the woeful job-creation figures.

“Look at the numbers that came out today – flat. and you can talk all you want until you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t actually do something? we’re not gonna get out of this.”

These days there’s another job brown has to worry about — his own.

Consumer advocate and Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren is moving closer to a run for Brown’s seat.

And it appears the incumbent is ready to engage.

Warren told the Boston Globe that she sees America as a place in which, “our government works for those who already have money and already have power.”

Brown responds to Elizabeth Warren

Brown responds by saying, “To have a class warfare situation and try to divide society…we’re all Americans first Jon, we’re Americans first, and we all want the best for our country. The partisanship and all the other things should go out the window especially right now.”

And while Warren talks tax hikes and corporate greed, Brown wants Uncle Sam held accountable.

“Just over-payments alone, the government making a mistake, being lazy, its 150 billion a year. A lot of the programs and waste and fraud – fix it first, fix it, and then come to me and say hey, we’re still a trillion dollars short Scott. Why are taxes always the first thing?”

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  • mikey

    Before Senator Brown takes on the utilities I’d like him to throw his clout behind finding out what happened to the promise made by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to rebate more than 4.2 million to its customers to offset the cost of a controversial severance package given to Cleve Killingsworth its former chief executive. I’m a BCBS customer and haven’t seen a rebate of any kind. What say you Senator Brown with respect to this issue? How about you Attorney General Martha Coakley, can you shed any light on this proposed BCBS rebate?

  • Jenn H

    Before anyone has anything negative to say about Nationalgrid, why don’t you put yourselves in their shoes!! How many people do you think it takes to fix the amount of people that were out of power?? I heard an appauling suggestion that they are just sitting on their humps!! REALLY?!?! My husband has been working 16 hour shifts then coming home and only sleeping a few hours to get back out there to do it all over again!! He is one of the lucky ones that does get to go home for that long!! He has not seen his 2 children (under the age of 2 mind you) since last Saturday!!! You should all be ashamed of yourselves for slamming them. They are doing the best that they can and it’s not just Massachusetts that got affected. Everyone is first priorit in their own minds, people with small children, the elderly, people with medical problems. So think before you speak Mr Senator Brown!! You should be thanking them for doing their best, not knocking them down because it has taken them so long!! I assure you my husband is not just sitting around. He is out there with his crew and coming home INSANELY tired to the point of getting sick. You make me so angry!!!

    • Kim

      The hard working people who actually fix the lines are not being blamed here. The management at National Grid should have better planned for an event like this. I am a customer, and I can tell you they certainly planned plently of PR for themselves in anticipation of the hurricane. I received emails and texts a plenty before and after the storm hit regarding their personnel numbers, and how much their customers mean to them, yet not one USEFUL text or email regarding restoration efforts.

  • CD

    Getting in the face of those that are trying to repair the damage from a natural disaster sure sounds like Mr. Small Government to me. As for being “Americans first” maybe the good Senator should address himself to Mr. Cantor who suggests that any funds to get people back on their feet from Irene needs to come from cuts in other areas. Just like the funds for Iraq & Afghanistan that were not even submitted as budget items. Sen. Brown needs to stop towing the party line & start helping.

  • Congress, a.k.a. Dysfunction-Junction

    This is hilarious, a member of Congress complaining that another entity isn’t doing its job.

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