Brown vs. Warren Senate campaign battles in Lowell

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September 14, 2012, 9:11 pm
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(NECN: Alison King, Lowell, Mass.) - The city of Lowell is front and center this week in the Massachusetts Senate race.
Thursday, Elizabeth Warren released the first attack ad of the campaign -- an endorsement from Lowell boxing trainer, Art Romalho.

"Tax cuts for millionaires, that's not going to help people around here...," Romalho says in the ad.

Friday, Scott Brown had a Lowell endorsement of his own.

“I am a lifelong Democrat, I'm telling you that, I'm very proud to be a Democrat,” said former Lowell Mayor and city councilor Rita Mercier.

Mercier says she's voting for the Republican Brown because she thinks he is the best choice for her city.
Rita Mercier is the kind of Democrat who could be very helpful to Scott Brown in a big urban area like Lowell.  She's been a very popular public figure here, especially among seniors.

“You are that person with integrity, you cross party lines, you know that if someone is a Democrat and they have a good idea, you will support that and I tremendously respect that,” Mercier told Brown.

While Brown and Mercier visited the Lowell Senior Center, Democrats were focused on a conversation Brown had earlier on WTKK Radio's “Jim and Margery Show” in which he was asked about how he would vote on a bill that would extend the Bush tax cuts, but only for those making under $250,000.

Warren had no public appearances Friday, but the statement she released echoed a comment she made Thursday -- that Brown would raise taxes on the middle class.

I wouldn't do that,” Warren said. “I don't want to go to Washington to fight for millionaires and billionaires.  I want to go to Washington to fight for working families.

“I'm not looking to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires,” Brown said. “I'm trying to keep the tax policy that's the same for the last 12 years.  That effects every person in this country including our small and medium and large businesses so they can actually go out and create jobs.”

Tags: massachusetts, Lowell, Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren, Election 2012, massachusetts senate race
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