Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “called Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) four times in 12 minutes before a vote Thursday on a package to extend unemployment benefits,” The Hill reports.
Brown, a Republican from a blue state who’s been heavily courted as a swing vote on key issues, said Reid and a slew of governors had been calling him constantly to urge him to support the extenders package.
"Gov. Schwarzenegger, Gov. Rendell, Gov. Patrick — I had governors from across the country calling me, really, pretty relentlessly," Brown said Friday on WEEI radio. "Harry Reid called me, God, four times within 12 minutes of the vote yesterday."
Brown described “the intense pressure he’s been facing on the extenders bill and other key pieces of legislation since being elected in January to fill the seat left vacant by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).”
"So last night I got off the plane and driving through Rentham and saying, ‘Man, I just can’t believe I’m a United States Senator,’ Brown said. "And then Tim Geithner calls me and says, ‘Scott, I just wanted to go through what we’re working on right now because we’re wrapping this thing up.’ He just called me a minute ago, too."
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