Republican Senator Urges Bipartisan Politics in GU Talk
October 14, 2011 – U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) lectured at Georgetown on bipartisan politics and the importance of teamwork and accountability in an Oct. 13 talk sponsored by the university’s College Republicans.
Cooperation is important on a larger scale in working together to move America forward, he said, a major theme of his new book Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances.
“It’s a book about life challenges,” he said, “not a typical political book.”
Brown spoke about the urgent need for bipartisan politics to Georgetown students, faculty and staff as well as to Republican groups from surrounding D.C.-area schools.
“Right now, in Washington, there is a tremendous amount of partisanship,” he said, “…and it affects you very dramatically and directly.”
“If we don’t start thinking as Americans first and start working … [to] move us forward as a nation so it can be competitive economically, militarily and be the leader in every area … I am very nervous about what the future will bring,” he said.
Brown said he works to move the country forward by working on bills and getting bills passed regardless of which party is the sponsor.
“I like his moderate tone and being able to work together,” said Alexandra Chinchilla (SFS’15). “He goes above the partisan tone that we hear so much of.”
In his book, Brown writes that teamwork is part of what helped him work through several life challenges, including moving 17 times by the time he turned 18 and having parents with eight marriages between them.
“People tend to judge a book by its cover – everything is going kind of hunky dory, but it takes a lot of teamwork and a lot of wrestling and grappling and working through your life issues to get to this point,” he said.
Brown pointed to one particular instance after he was caught stealing albums as a teenager when a judge offered him a unique opportunity – write a 1,500-word essay on how he had let down his brothers and sisters.
“It was really the point in my life where I went this way versus this way,” said Brown, gesturing two different paths with his hands. He said the judge helping the youth to think about how his actions were impacting his loved ones made a big difference.
This experience and others prepared him to run for the U.S. Senate and work to end the system of one-party politics, he said.
“I know that if I hadn’t had those life experiences, I wouldn’t be here before you speaking today,” Brown said.