MILLBURY, Mass. - Senator Scott Brown was the honored guest as the Massachusetts Sportsmen Council held their annual Banquet and Raymond L. Gribbons Award Night at the Dudley-Gendron American Legion Post in Sutton.
Brown an avid sportsman and trap shooter himself is a big supporter of the MSC whose stated mission is to promote, protect and perpetuate all fishing, hunting, trapping, firearms ownership, the shooting sports and compatible forms of outdoor recreation.
Brown who was in Webster earlier in the afternoon walked among all the tables greeting guests and posing for pictures, but he gave a talk that went over quite well with the crowd.
Brown joked about the state of George Peterson's receding hair and how Washington is "a bit disfunctional", but stated he did support the NRA and went on to say "being a Senator is one of the greatest honors I could ever have and I think its important that some people forget that, that its an honor to be a Senator or a Congressman and they forget that you sent me there. I don't have any special interests, they only folks that sent me there was you...January 19 in the snow.
He added, "you were tired of that message, the 'go-along, get-along mentality' and you wanted me to be an independent thinker, read the bills, understand the bills and vote for the people.
The senator's presiding message was "we are Americans first, we're not Democrats, we're not Independents, we're not Republicans. We are Americans first. And this country is in trouble, financially, with some of our rights and we need people that get it."
Brown then moved through the crowd briefly again and answered a few questions about his still active military career as an officer in the National Guard, he stated he's slotted to go to Air Assault School now that an Achilles injury has healed which is a pretty strenuous course, designed to push the younger soldiers on all facets of rapelling, sling-loading of equipment from helicopters and the setting up of combat landing zones for helicopters and other forms of combat aircraft.
But his biggest issue to discuss was his recent bill which has passed the Senate on his Crowdfunding Legislation. "Crowdfunding will allow investors to put some of their money, the minimum is $2000 up to $1,000,000 to invest in an idea to provide an entrepreneurs and startups with a single, streamlined regulatory process.
"This way someone can go to a bank with up to $1,000,000 and ask for capital to start up a busniess and create jobs" he said. "That's what I'm about, I'm not a social crusader, I'm a jobs crusader, I am an independent guy that cares about this country and the people in it."
Brown reached across party lines to garner support for this project, and on March 8, the US House by a vote of 390-23 passed the crowdfunding legislation. And on March 22, the Senate passed the Crowdfund Act as an amendment to the Jobs Act by a 73-26 vote.
The Senator then in company with some local political figures including Rep. George Peterson (R-Grafton) and Rep. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) as well as member of the MSC posed in front of his now famous, dented pickup truck before the Senator zipped off to his next meeting.