Scott Brown is the Most _________* Man In America
*Fill in the blank. He’ll be whoever you want him to be.
He has said he made up to $1,200 a day (about $2,400 today) working thousands of shoots. But he did more than passively pose. He drove to clubs in Boston that paid him appearance fees to autograph his bare-chested likeness for the clamoring women in the crowd. “You can’t imagine how much flak he received from us,” says Bruce Cerullo, a lifelong friend. Yet the money paid Brown’s way through Boston College Law, what he really wanted. And somewhere amid the flashing bulbs of all those shoots he met another model, Gail Huff, an aspiring TV reporter who would become his wife. And they would raise two daughters, Ayla and Arianna. And despite how busy Brown’s life as a real estate lawyer, state rep, and then state senator became, he made it home for dinner, traveled to Ayla’s basketball games, and cuddled up with Arianna for their regular movie night. Brown had the discipline to be the father he’d never had.
HIS IDEOLOGY IS NOT NEARLY as regimented.
The best — and worst — that can be said of Brown is that he is a fiscally conservative, socially conscious moderate, with asterisks. He’s consistently voted for stem cell research, for business tax cuts, and — this is where his moderate leanings collapse — against gay marriage. In 2007, three full years after gay marriage became law in Massachusetts, Brown was still trying to outlaw it. He voted to put a measure on a ballot banning future same-sex marriages, according to state Senate journals. (The measure was overwhelmingly defeated.)
With the help of InstaTrac, a voting-record service on Beacon Hill, Boston has compiled Brown’s complete 11-year voting record as a state representative and state senator. All told, he voted with Republican leadership 89 percent of the time. But he is not a “lockstep Republican,” as the Democrats labeled him during the U.S. Senate race: He’s pro-choice, for instance, and has voted for numerous environmental measures. In fact, the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters gave Brown an 82 percent favorability rating in 2008 — higher than some Democrats. Brown now says his 2008 vote for a signature cap-and-trade system, which basically offers companies financial incentives for capping emissions and then trades the offsets on an open market, was a bad one.