Scott Brown Begins His Campaign For John Kerry’s Seat By Questioning Ed Markey’s Residency
The body of the 112th Congress isn’t even cold yet (okay, it was always cold) and Scott Brown is attacking a likely opponent in a race he has yet to sign on to.
“I’ll tell you what; They’re making it awfully tempting. You got Ed Markey: Does he even live here any more?” Brown said with a laugh as he called into the “Jim & Margery Show” on WTKK-FM.
“You’ve got to check the travel records. I’ve come back and forth (from Washington to Boston) every weekend, almost, for three years, and I see, you know, most of the delegation, and I have never seen Ed on the airplane – ever,” Brown added.
Markey, a Democrat born and raised in Malden, long called his childhood bedroom in his parents’ house as his Massachusetts residence, even though his wife, Susan Blumenthal, was a doctor at the National Institutes of Health in suburban Washington and the couple owns a home in Chevy Chase, Md. Blumenthal is now a health care consultant.
Following the death of Markey’s father in 2000, the congressman bought his family house and continues to maintain it as his voting address, an aide said last week.
In a statement today, spokeswoman Giselle Barry said: “Scott Brown has not yet announced that he is running for Senate, but he is already launching false, personal attacks from the sidelines. Ed Markey lives in Malden, and has lived there his entire life. He and his wife own their home in Malden. He is proud to come from and represent the values of the people of Malden. This campaign should be about what matters most to the people of Massachusetts: jobs, education, health care and the environment.”