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Brown finalizes campaign push

Date: 11/5/2012

By G. Michael Dobbs

CHICOPEE — Supporters and local elected officials packed the Munich Haus Restaurant in Chicopee on Nov. 2 for a breakfast rally for Sen. Scott Brown's re-election effort. State Sen. Michael Knapik, acting as the emcee, stressed the bipartisan nature of Brown's time in the Senate and noted how supporters included a number of Democratic officials.

The stop in Chicopee was one of the planned appearances on a bus tour of the state. His wife Gail Huff and their daughters Ayla and Arianna accompanied Brown.

Among the people in attendance were Chicopee City Councilors Charles Swider, George Moreau, John Vieau and Tim McLellan, Chicopee City Treasurer Ernest Laflamme, Springfield City Councilors Timothy Rooke, Kenneth Shea, and John Lysak, Springfield School Committee member Peter Murphy, West Springfield Mayor Gregory Neffinger, Westfield State Rep. Donald Humason Jr., former Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos and Longmeadow Selectman Marie Angelides.

Former Springfield Mayor Charles Ryan introduced Brown and noted that the senator has been in the region to support it, unlike Sen. John Kerry. Ryan also said that $40 million raised to defeat Brown — a record amount for a Senate campaign — was "disgusting."

Brown spoke of his bipartisan approach to seek solutions in the senate for problems facing the nation. In the close race against Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren, Brown urged his supporters to continue his campaign up through Election Day. "You don't want to go to bed on Nov. 6, thinking you could have done more," he said.