Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) lashed out at Sen. Scott Brown on Wednesday as he expressed confidence that Democrats could hold on to the Massachusetts seat if Sen. John Kerry is nominated to a Cabinet position.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Reid ridiculed Brown’s calls for bipartisanship, saying the defeated Republican “should look up in the mirror.”
“I saw his plea for bipartisanship,” Reid said dismissively. “That is a big joke. It’s a travesty. He’s one of the most partisan people [who has served]. He could have saved Citizens United. He could have been the 60th vote on many other things. … I don’t need any advice from him on bipartisanship.”
While Brown lost last week to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, Reid has reason to undermine the moderate senator’s calls for bipartisanship. If
Kerry is selected to a Cabinet position, potentially to head the State or Defense departments, there would be a vacancy and a special election possibly next year. Brown has not ruled out running again for the seat.
Reid said he has not had any talks with Kerry about his future, but he also said Democrats weren’t worried about losing the seat if the veteran Democrat was selected.
“John Kerry is my friend. .. I worked so hard for him when he was running for president,” Reid said. “We feel very comfortable if in fact that it does happen, we feel comfortable in Massachusetts. I already told you how I feel about Scott Brown.”
A Brown spokeswoman couldn’t be reached for comment. Brown told reporters Tuesday that a future run was all just “speculation.”
“There’s no vacancy that I’m aware of,” Brown told reporters Tuesday.
“I have a job to do right now and there is not an opening right now for governor, nor is there an opening for senator,” he said. “But there is an opening for a dad and a husband and that’s the role that I want to play.”
Brown also called himself part of a “vanishing” breed of moderates.
“I’m hopeful we’ll be a more tolerant, open-minded party,” he added.
“I plan to continue to play a role of some sort but I don’t know what yet, but I know I’ve been very happy to be here.”