One of Republican Scott Brown's final stops leading up to Tuesday's special U.S. Senate election was in North Andover. Several hundred supporters crowded along Main Street for the afternoon rally.
The day before voters go to the polls in the U.S. Senate special election, Republican Scott Brown visited North Andover on one of the final stops of his bus tour.
“North Andover is a great town. I used to play some great basketball here,” Brown said when asked why he chose North Andover for one of his four campaign stops on the eve of the Jan. 19 election where he faces Democrat Martha Coakley and Libertarian Joe Kennedy.
Brown said his childhood friend, Mike Quinn, still lives in North Andover.
An estimated 400 people awaited his arrival on Main Street and showed enthusiastic support with signs - both homemade and official - and American flags. Supporters in the crowd said they backed Brown because they are disappointed with American politics today and hope for the change promised by Brown’s campaign.
“They’re passing too many things without the support of the people,” said Kevin Psaros of Groveland. “I think he’s the kind of candidate we need right now.”
John Guinee, who lives in North Andover with his wife and nine children, said he is disappointed with the amount of spending under President Barack Obama.
“These children are going to have to wind up paying for it; We’re hoping this is the first step to stop that,” Guinee said. “I’m really proud of the state if we can get this done.”
Haverhill resident Alex Veras, a member of the National Guard, said the rally was democracy in action.
“You just want to see change,” Veras said. “As a child of immigrants, I know it’s not good to be run by one political party.”
Jonathan Ellis said he has known Brown since the senator graduated from law school.
“He’s always been a nice guy. He’s always been a decent guy,” Ellis said. “We haven’t had a candidate before who I’ve felt this way about.”
Chris Johnson, an independent voter from North Andover, called Brown “a breath of fresh air.”
“He means what he says,” Johnson said.
After walking through the crowd and greeting the people who flocked to downtown North Andover to support him, Brown spoke to enthusiastic and attentive supporters about change, tomorrow’s election and negative campaign ads.
“I was very disappointed,” said Brown of the negative ads, which he said he asked to be removed from the air. “This is between me and Martha.”
Brown urged voters to “send a message” to those responsible for politics in Washington.
“It’s just wrong and we can do better.”
Brown didn’t have the big name power he had on Sunday when Patriots and Red Sox stars backed him at a Worcester rally while Obama campaigned for Coakley in Boston.
“We should welcome every president, whether Democrat or Republican, into the state,” said Brown, in reference to Obama’s visit.
While Brown was in North Andover and also made earlier stops at TD Garden in Boston and later in Chelmsford, Littleton and Wrentham, Coakley was campaigning in Pittsfield and Springfield in western Massachusetts and had an evening rally planned in Framingham.Contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org.