AUBURN, Mass. – U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) made an appearance in Auburn on Thursday morning at the Board of Health’s public flu clinic for seniors.
The Massachusetts Republican, who is in a tight re-election battle with Democratic challenger and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren, stopped by the Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center on Oct. 18, shaking hands with seniors in his second Auburn visit in four months.
“We’re visiting senior facilities in particular because we really need to keep the promise with our seniors when it comes to Medicare,” Brown said. “The national healthcare bill is proposing almost three-quarters of a trillion dollars in Medicare cuts. That’s something that my opponent supports, and I don’t.
“When anyone says that those benefits and services aren’t going to be affected, it’s misleading,” Brown added. “And that’s why I’ve been working very hard to make sure that we do not have that implemented because it dramatically would affect the care and coverage that our seniors get.”
When Brown served in the Massachusetts Statehouse, he became close friends with state Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn), whom Brown called a “real leader in this town.”
Frost was quite pleased to see Brown at the Senior Center on Thursday.
“It really shows his commitment to our region of the state,” Frost said. “This is not his first visit to town. He’s come to Auburn a couple times now, specifically in July at the coffee shop in town. I can’t recall the last time a United States Senator from Massachusetts has ever been so visible and active.
“He’s been everywhere,” Frost added. “He’s really changed the dynamic for what a U.S. Senator does. I’m sorry, but our other U.S. Senators in the past were never so available. He’s shaking everyone’s hands, he’s talking to everybody, he’s approachable, he’s accessible, he’s personable and that means a lot.”
Steve Simonian, a Republican running for state Senate in the 2nd Worcester District against Democratic incumbent Mike Moore, agreed with Frost.
“It’s great that someone who’s as busy as he is spends so much time meeting the people,” Simonian said. “Imagine the things that he is responsible for right now and he still finds the time to do all these visits. More politicians should do that.”
Wayne Page of the Council on Aging said that since the Senior Center is a municipal building, Brown could only shake hands and introduce himself but not advocate for his re-election.