The race between incumbent Republican Scott Brown and expected Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren came to Westford on Thursday as former Democratic Geoff Hall announced his endorsement for Brown outside of in an impromptu press conference.
Hall, a life-long Democrat who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1991 to 2009, knew Brown when he represented Wrentham in the House and developed a respect for the eventual state and U.S. Senator.
“The issues that were important to me were important to him were important to him, (such as) economic issues, but his ability to reach across the aisle and work with folks across the aisle were the important things,” said Hall. “When Scott was elected to the (Massachusetts) Senate and went to Washington, he’s displayed the same qualities that he did when I worked with him in the house.”
When asked why he would endorse a Republican over a fellow Democrat, Hall remembered when he saw Brown at the NHL Winter Classic and Brown offered Hall well wishes after recent illness while no other Democrats did along with comparable political views.
“I consider myself a conservative Democrat, and closer to the center, “said Hall. “I think Scott has reflected that in his votes in Washington.”
Hall is the latest Democrat to endorse Brown, following Methuen state representative Arthur Broadhurst and former Boston mayor and Vatican ambassador Ray Flynn.
“It just goes to show that since I’ve been (in Washington), I’ve done exactly what I’ve said. I’ve worked with people of good will to get things done,” said Brown. “That’s reflective of Geoff’s endorsement and others to follow.”
Following the endorsement, Hall interviewed Brown as part of a future episode of his program on , which this week features a look back at the history of the Apple Blossom Festival.