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(NECN: Alison King, Boston) – “I came to see if I could strike any luck and get a job,” said Juan Bristol of Boston.
Hoping to start a career in the health care field, Bristol was one of thousands of Boston's unemployed who passed through the jobs fair at Roxbury community college.
“You know for the time, open minded to about anything,” Bristol said. “Yes, I am.”
The event was hosted by Senator Scott Brown who made the rounds, reassuring job seekers he was doing everything he could to get them back to work.
“People are hurting, they're angry,” Senator Brown said. “Washington is disgusting them.”
Scott Brown came in a side entrance so he never came face to face with another group of job seekers: volunteer activists who came out to say: yes, we need jobs, but don't cut our social security.
“I think it's imperative that Scott Brown pass this American jobs act. I've been out of work since 2004,” said Mary Black of Everett. “I come from the construction trades and they've been in a freeze.”
“His record so far hasn't been that positive. He voted against jobs, he voted against extending the unemployment act,” said Arthur Alexander of Dorchester. “He's done a lot of negative things.”
Brown is one of few republicans who have come out in support of large portions of the President's job bill including the payroll tax.
“We need to move on a bill that we all agree on,” Brown said. “Take everything out of that bill that we agree on and pass it right away in a bipartisan and bi-cameral manner. Because you want to put forth a bill that's actually going to pass.”
Actually going to pass.