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NEW: Celtics Legend Bob Cousy Endorses Sen. Brown

Tuesday, October 02, 2012


Celtics legend Bob Cousy endorsed Republican Senator Scott Brown in his reelection effort against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren during an appearance in Worcester Tuesday morning.

"Even if only a handful are impacted, I'm pleased to give the Senator my complete support," said Cousy.

Brown identified Cousy as one of his idols and was honored to receive the Worcester native's backing.

"To have the endorsement and support of Bob Cousy is something that's historical for me," Brown said.

The former Holy Cross basketball star joined Brown outside the school's Hart Recreation Center in front of the statue erected in his honor to lament the current state of Washington, where he said elected officials seem more concerned with their own political survival and self-interest than the needs of the country.

"Scott Brown and a few other young idealists seem ready to break this stalemate if we give them the opportunity," Cousy said.

A self-proclaimed life-long independent, the Celtics Hall of Famer said he voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and for Senator Brown in his 2010 special election victory. This time around, however, Cousy said he will be voting for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Commenting on his debate against Warren Monday night at UMass-Lowell, Brown said he "felt very positive about the outcome."

The Republican also clarified his response of Justice Antonin Scalia, as well as Justices Kennedy and Sotomayor among others, when asked to name a model Supreme Court Justice during the debate.

"I was talking about their scholarly abilities and legal minds, not their politics," he said, noting that both Senator John Kerry and the late Senator Ted Kennedy voted for Scalia's appointment.

Brown has been critical of Warren's legal work representing corporate clients such as LTV Steel and Travelers Insurance. In Worcester, he drew a stark line between his opponent's legal career and his own as a Judge Advocate General for the military and a real estate attorney performing closings and acting as a title agent for banks in Massachusetts.

The Senator said that attempting to compare his list of legal clients to Warren's was "laughable."

Warren has stood by her legal work in general and the Travelers Insurance asbestos case in particular.

"The asbestos victims have stood up and said Senator Brown is wrong and he has crossed a line," she said during Monday's debate.

"I would do it again. Because what I was out there doing was trying to help protect the asbestos victims." 


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