In hopes of securing his re-election bid, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has cast himself as the bipartisan candidate.
Touting his ability to handle political tension, Brown's website lists job creation as "his top legislative priority."
"I'm one of the most bipartisan, if not the most bipartisan, senator there and I'm going to continue to do what I've been doing to be that independent voter and thinker," Brown told reporters after a recent Boston jobs fair.
Brown's independence appeared to be absent last Thursday. Teachers and first responders' feelings of hope were smashed when Senate Republicans, including Brown, filibustered the Back To Work Act. The measure was intended to provide relief to state and local governments, saving hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process.
"For the second time in two weeks, every single Republican in the United States Senate has chosen to obstruct a bill that would create jobs and get our economy going again," President Barack Obama said in a statement after the vote. "Every American deserves an explanation as to why Republicans refuse to step up to the plate and do what's necessary to create jobs and grow the economy right now."
Massachusetts teachers, first responders and unemployed workers appear to have heeded Obama's words, planning a protest at Brown's Wednesday evening speech in the Boston suburb of Danvers. The Taunton Gazette notes via MASSUniting, an organization fighting for jobs, that demonstrators are "outraged" over the senator's decision to vote no.
MASSUniting has been at the forefront of frustrations toward Brown and Congress for its inactivity on unemployment. Earlier this month, the group organized a figurative "Funeral for American Jobs" on the steps of the Massachusetts GOP headquarters.