Senator-elect Scott Brown of Massachusetts was doing a lot more than measuring for drapes when he came to the U.S. Congress on Thursday.
On a brisk Washington day, Brown hit the ground running by first visiting Sen. John McCain in his office in the Russell Senate Office Building. McCain said he was “very proud” of Brown’s accomplishments.
As the entourage of cameras grew larger by the minute, Brown shuffled through the halls of Russell and to the office of the other senator from Massachusetts, John Kerry.
“I look forward to having a good, working, friendly relationship,” Kerry said. One can only assume the senator was crossing his fingers behind his back. The senior senator was looking stiff—and teed off—that he had to go to work and congratulate the man who defeated Beacon Hill.
Next on the list was Majority Leader Harry Reid, who also claimed to be “looking forward” to working with Brown.
“You’re going to enter the Senate at a time when the country is in deep trouble, as you know,” said the ever-eloquent Reid. No kidding?
Once the cameras disappeared, Democrats returned to their offices, licking their wounds from the historic election that turned a reliably blue state to red.
Near the Senate floor, GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky shared a few friendly words with Brown before heading to lunch with fellow Republicans.
Brown paid homage to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy by visiting his former office and the man who currently occupies it, Sen. Paul Kirk, a Democrat. As Kirk staffers update their resumes and pack up staplers, they make way for photos of Brown’s two daughters and vacate a parking space for his famous pickup truck.
Sen.-elect Brown was very cordial to members of the press, who followed him from sun-up and threw out endless questions amidst the constantly clicking cameras.
“It’s a little overwhelming seeing you all here,” he graciously expressed to reporters. “I understand it will calm down and I can get to work. I appreciate everybody’s interest.”
Hopefully Republicans will see him trolling around the Capitol Hill Club after some days of hard work, enjoying the company of his new colleagues, and reveling in the fact that he became “41.”
But before the true hard work begins next week, Brown heads back to Boston this evening to attend his daughter’s college basketball game.
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