Joan Vennochi

Time for Brown to take his seat

By Joan Vennochi
Globe Columnist / February 3, 2010

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It's hard to argue with victory.

Republican Scott Brown won a convincing one on Jan. 19. Now that Secretary of State William Galvin has officially certifed the vote, Brown should be quickly sworn in as United States Senator.

Brown initially agreed to be sworn in on Feb. 11. But with Senate votes scheduled prior to that date, he wants the swearing-in to take place tomorrow.

And, it should.

The people of Massachusetts spoke loudly in that special election. The majority of those who voted want Brown to represent them in Washington. Now, all Massachusetts citizens - including those who didn't vote for him - have the right to see what he'll do once he gets there.

Brown went from a virtually unknown state senator from Wrentham to a national celebrity. He was a guest on Jay Leno , was interviewed by Barbara Walters and got spoofed on Saturday Night Live. That's the fun part of the job. Now, comes the hard part.

He is no longer a candidate for the office held by the late Edward M. Kennedy. Now, he holds that office. He occupies what he smartly defined as "the people's seat". Now, the people who put him there get to find out whether he lives up to his sales pitch.

Now, he votes. Now, he works with the rest of the delegation to stand up for Massachusetts.

To the victor, goes the power invested by the voters. Brown has it, as long as the voters want him to have it.

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