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Meet Ultra-Liberal Career Politician Sherrod Brown

- July 27, 2016

Left Wing Lifelong "Hippie" Who Has Weakened Our National Security And Supports Higher Taxes 

BROWN HAS BEEN RATED AS ONE OF THE MOST LIBERAL ELECTED OFFICIALS

Cleveland Scene : "[Brown's] Reputation Is That Of A Brash Partisan. Liberal Groups Score His Votes At Or Near 100 Percent…" "[Brown's] reputation is that of a brash partisan. Liberal groups score his votes at or near 100 percent, and his influence grows with each term." (David W. Martin, "Don't Mess With Sherrod," Cleveland Scene , 8/30/01)

The Preeminent Liberal Scorecard, Americans For Democratic Action, Have Rated Brown As One Of The Most Liberal Members Of Congress For Years

Americans For Democratic Action's Scorecards "Have Served As The Standard Measure Of Political Liberalism." "Since [Americans for Democratic Action's] founding in 1947, the Annual Voting Records have served as the standard measure of political liberalism." ("Voting Records," Americans For Democratic Action, Accessed 7/12/16)

In 2014 Americans For Democratic Action Gave Brown A 95 Percent Score On Their Scorecard. ("2014 Congressional Voting Record," Americans For Democratic Action, Accessed 7/13/16)

In 2013 Americans For Democratic Action Gave Brown A 95 Percent Score On Their Scorecard. ("2013 Congressional Voting Record," Americans For Democratic Action, Accessed 7/13/16)

In 2012 Americans For Democratic Action Gave Brown A 100 Percent Score On Their Scorecard. ("2012 Congressional Voting Record," Americans For Democratic Action, Accessed 7/13/16)

In 2011 Americans For Democratic Action Gave Brown A 95 Percent Score On Their Scorecard. ("2011 Congressional Voting Record," Americans For Democratic Action, Accessed 7/13/16)

In 2010 Americans For Democratic Action Gave Brown A 95 Percent Score On Their Scorecard. ("2010 Congressional Voting Record," Americans For Democratic Action, Accessed 7/13/16)

In 2009 Americans For Democratic Action Gave Brown A 100 Percent Score On Their Scorecard. ("2009 Congressional Voting Record," Americans For Democratic Action, Accessed 7/13/16)

Brown Was Known As A "Hippie" Even Before Assuming Elected Office

Brown's Mother Says Of Him In High School: "He Caused People A Lot Of Headaches Because He Was Such An Activist." (Christopher Hayes, "Who Is Sherrod Brown?," In These Times, 12/19/05)

The Speaker Of The Ohio House, Then Democrat Vern Riffe, Met With Brown In 1974 And Among A Flurry Of Curses Asked If That "Hippie" Was The Best The Party Had. "Before the 1974 election, Sherrod Brown met with Vern Riffe. … A cunning pragmatist, Riffe would lord as speaker of the House for two decades. They may have belonged to the same party, but Riffe and Brown inhabited different planets. The speaker was gentlemanly toward the young hopeful during their meeting. A few hours later, a furious Riffe called Richland County party chair Don Kindt, who had tabbed Brown to run for the Statehouse. 'Where the hell did you get that goddamn hippie sonuvabitch?' Riffe barked. 'Is this the best we've got?'" (David W. Martin, "Don't Mess With Sherrod," Cleveland Scene, 8/30/01)

Brown Is So Liberal He Gave An Award To The Head Of The Communist Party Of Ohio

In 1990, Then-Secretary Of State Brown Gave A "Certificate Of Recognition To Rick Nagin, Chairman Of The Ohio Communist Party" For Registering More Than 2,000 Voters. "The office of Ohio Secretary of State Sherrod Brown has given a certificate of recognition to Rick Nagin, chairman of the Ohio Communist Party. Nagin collected the award for registering more than 2,000 voters during his unsuccessful campaign for Cleveland City Council last fall." ("Communist Wins Award From Ohio Secretary Of State," United Press International, 2/28/90)

  • "Communists May Be In Retreat Throughout Eastern Europe, But The Party Has Won An Honor In Ohio." ("Communist Wins Award From Ohio Secretary Of State," United Press International, 2/28/90)

Nagin Joined The Communist Party In 1970 And "Has Written For The People's Weekly World Newspaper, Which Describes Itself As Having A 'Special Relationship With The Communist Party USA." "Nagin, who joined the Communist Party in 1970, has written for the People's Weekly World newspaper, which describes itself as having a 'special relationship with the Communist Party USA,' as recently as May." ("Ex-Communist Leader A Cleveland Council Finalist," The Associated Press, 9/28/09)

In 1996 Nagin Said Capitalism "Keep(s) On Driving Down The Living Standards Of The People." "Nagin said uncertainty about the economy is the common denominator of people interested in communism. 'Capitalism is sinking into worse problems,' Nagin said. 'They keep on driving down the living standards of the people, and people aren't happy about it.'" (Alan Johnson, "Communists To Mark Resurgence At Cleveland Meeting," Columbus Dispatch, 2/28/96)

BROWN HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SUPPORTING EXTREME FAR-LEFT POLICIES

Brown Voted To Cut Intelligence Funding Prior To 9-11 And Defended Those Votes

Toledo Blade : "Brown Voted A Dozen Times To Cut Intelligence Budgets Before The Sept. 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks." "Mr. Brown is a congressman from suburban Cleveland and the likely Democratic Senate nominee. He spent the afternoon in Toledo, on the same day The Blade reported that Mr. Brown voted a dozen times to cut intelligence budgets before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks." (Jim Tankersley, "Brown Defends Intelligence Votes," Toledo Blade, 2/21/06)

  • In 2006 Brown Defended His Votes To Cut Intelligence Funding, Saying He "Wanted More Oversight" Because The Money Was Not Being Used "Well." "After blasting President Bush's budget at a food bank and talking health care and free trade with social justice activists, Mr. Brown said he would not change his past votes on intelligence. 'Part of it was we wanted more oversight of what was happening,' Mr. Brown said. 'Intelligence gathering, they had a lot of money and were not using it well.'" (Jim Tankersley, "Brown Defends Intelligence Votes," Toledo Blade, 2/21/06)
  • Toledo Blade Headline: "Brown Defends Intelligence Votes" (Toledo Blade, 2/21/06)

Brown Repeatedly Opposed Keeping Terrorists At Guantanamo Bay

Brown Voted To Kill An Amendment Seeking To Bar Funds For The Construction Or Modification Of Facilities In The U.S. Or Its Territories To Hold Guantanamo Bay Detainees. "Johnson, D-S.D., motion to table (kill) the Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment no. 2774 to the Johnson substitute amendment no. 2730. The Inhofe amendment would bar the use of funds in the bill to construct or modify facilities in the United States or its territories to hold individuals who were detained as of Oct. 1, 2009, at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility. The substitute would provide $133.9 billion in fiscal 2010 for the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction and military housing, including $76.7 billion in discretionary funding." (H.R. 3082, CQ Vote #347: Motion agreed to 57-43: R 0-40; D 56-2; I 1-1, 11/17/09, Brown Voted Yea)

Rep. Brown Voted Against An Amendment That Would Express The Sense Of Congress That The Detention And Lawful, Human Interrogation Of Detainees At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Is Essential To The U.S. Prosecution Of The War On Terrorism. (H.R. 2601, CQ Vote #396: Adopted 304-124: R 223-4; D 81-119; I 0-1, 7/20/05, Brown Voted Nay)

"The … House Also Voted 304-124 To Accept Another Contentious Amendment That Stated The Detention And Lawful Interrogation Of Detainees At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Is Essential To The War On Terror." (Jim Abrams, "U.S. House Of Representatives Votes To Oppose Early Withdrawal From Iraq," The Associated Press, 7/20/05)

Brown Has Repeatedly Advocated For Single-Payer Healthcare

While Running For Congress In 1992, Brown Said He Would Not Take Government-Subsidized Health Insurance Until All Americans Were Guaranteed Access To Health Care. "When Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) first campaigned for a U.S. House seat in 1992, he decided to show solidarity with would-be constituents by pledging not to sign up for government-subsidized health insurance for members of Congress until lawmakers had guaranteed all Americans access to health care." (Christopher Lee, "Ohio Senator Still Awaiting Universal Health Coverage," The Washington Post, 12/7/07)

1993: "Brown Backs A Single-Payer Health Care System, Like The Canadian Model…" "Brown backs a single-payer health care system, like the Canadian model, in which the government runs and pays for a standard health care system for all citizens." (Holly Yeager, "Brown, Gillmor Cautious On Clinton Health Care Plan," States News Service, 9/21/93)

The Washington Post In 2007: Brown Is "An Advocate Of A Single-Payer System That He Likens To Medicare For All." "Years later, Brown, an advocate of a single-payer system that he likens to Medicare for all, is still waiting." (Christopher Lee, "Ohio Senator Still Awaiting Universal Health Coverage," The Washington Post, 12/7/07)

In 2009 Brown Said "He Has Always Supported A Single-Payer System." "In contrast, U.S. Sen. Brown told the admittedly sympathetic crowd gathered Friday morning that he has always supported a single-payer system but that wasn't likely to happen during this Congress." (Sarah Jane Tribble, "Sen. Sherrod Brown Stumps For Health Care Reform," Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/17/09)

Brown Supports Expanding The "Death Tax" To A 55 Percent Rate

In 2010, Brown Co-Sponsored An Estate Tax Bill With Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. (S. 3533, Introduced 6/24/10)

Senator Sanders Said His Bill Would Raise $318 Billion Over 10 Years. "This legislation would not only help us lower the national debt - with the $318 billion raised over 10 years - but it could do something even more important. In the midst of these enormously difficult times, it makes clear that we are one country and that all Americans have a shared responsibility." (Sen. Bernie Sanders, "Tax Code Must Stop Coddling The Rich," Politico, 8/3/10)

Under Brown's Proposal, The Estate Tax Exemption Would Be $3.5 Million For An Individual, Or As Much As $7 Million For A Couple, With A Tax Rate Of 45%. "Under the proposal, as in 2009, the exemption would be $3.5 million for an individual, or as much as $7 million for a couple, with a tax rate of 45%." (Laura Saunders, "Sanders Estate-Tax Proposal Would Hit Wealthy Harder," The Wall Street Journal, 6/25/10)

Brown's Proposal Would Have Taxed Estates Worth Between $10 And $50 Million At 50%, Estates Above $50 Million At 55%, And Estates Above $500 Million Would Be Hit With An Additional 10% Surcharge. "But estates with taxable assets between $10 million and $50 million would pay a 50% rate, and estates valued above $50 million would pay 55%. A further 10% surtax would apply to assets above $500 million." (Laura Saunders, "Sanders Estate-Tax Proposal Would Hit Wealthy Harder," The Wall Street Journal, 6/25/10

Brown Opposes Mandatory Minimums For Not Registering As A Sex Offender

In 2005 Brown Voted For An Amendment That Would Have Eliminated "The Mandatory Minimum Sentences… For Failing To Register As A Sex Offender Or For Making False Statements During Registration." "Inglis, R-S.C., amendment that would eliminate the mandatory minimum sentences of five years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender or for making false statements during registration." (H.R. 3132, CQ Vote #468, Rejected 106-316: R 7-217; D 98-99; I 1-0, September 14, 2005, Brown voted Yea)

DESPITE HIS LIBERAL RECORD, BROWN HAS BEEN TO THE RIGHT OF THE PARTY BASE ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Brown Has Voted Against A Bill Creating A Guest Worker Program, Saying He Was "Concerned" About American Workers

In June 2007, Brown Voted To Proceed With A Bill That Would Have Created A Guest Worker Program. "Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to the bill that would overhaul U.S. immigration policies, provide for a temporary guest worker program and institute new border security measures, including an electronic verification system." (S. 1639, CQ Vote #228: Motion agreed to 64-35: R 24-25; D 39-9; I 1-1, 6/26/07, Brown Voted Yea)

Two Days Later, Brown Switched His Position And Voted Against Cloture On The Same Bill. "Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the bill that would overhaul U.S. immigration policies, provide for a temporary guest worker program and institute new border security measures, including an electronic verification system." (S. 1639, CQ Vote #235: Motion rejected 46-53: R 12-37; D 33-15; I 1-1, 6/28/07, Brown Voted Nay)

Brown Said His First Vote Was Intended To Keep The Process Moving, But Once He Was Convinced The Bill Could Pass In Its Current Form, He Opposed It. "Brown said Tuesday he had wanted to keep the process moving forward, but he voted differently yesterday, saying he had decided he was against the measure. Brown said he was convinced the bill would pass in close to its current form if the so-called cloture procedural vote gained the minimum 60 votes to cut off debate and move toward a final tally." (Jonathan Riskind, "In A Change, Voinovich, Brown Vote To Halt Bill," Columbus Dispatch, 6/29/07)

"Brown Said He Wasn't Happy With A Provision That Would Let Foreigners Come Into The Country As Guest Workers." (Jonathan Riskind, "In A Change, Voinovich, Brown Vote To Halt Bill," Columbus Dispatch, 6/29/07)

In 2006, Brown's Spokeswoman Said Brown Was Concerned A Guest Worker Program Could Depress U.S. Wages And Offer Insufficient Protection Against Exploitation Of Guest Workers. "Kuebler said that while Brown wants legislation that encourages citizenship, he is concerned that the bill's guest worker provision could depress U.S. wages and offer insufficient protection against exploitation of guest workers." (Elizabeth Auster, "DeWine's Walk With Democrats On Immigration Irritates GOP," Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/29/06)

Brown Voted For And Says He Supports Increased Border Security, Including Border Fencing

In 2006, Brown Voted For A Bill That Would Have Authorized The Construction Of 700 Miles Of Fencing Along The U.S.-Mexican Border. "Passage of the bill that would require the Homeland Security Department to prevent the entry of terrorists, unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband along the nation's international borders. It would authorize the construction of approximately 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexican border. The bill would require a study of implementing security systems along the U.S.-Canadian border and direct the agency to evaluate the ability of personnel to stop fleeing vehicles at the border." (H.R. 6061, CQ Vote #446: Passed 283-138: R 219-6; D 64-131; I 0-1, 9/14/06, Brown Voted Yea)

In 2006, Brown Said "Part Of Immigration Is We Secure The Borders First." DOBBS: "How about this, are you ready to secure the borders and the ports?" BROWN: "Oh, absolutely. Part of immigration is we secure the borders first, and we need to enforce employer sanctions..." (CNN's, "Lou Dobbs Tonight," 11/14/06)

Brown In 2006: "We Must Implement The 9/11 Commission Recommendation For More Border Security Agents." (Malia Rulon, "Senate Candidates Sound Off On Immigration," Gannett News Service, 7/6/06)

Brown Supports Punishing Those Who Employ Illegal Immigrants

Brown In 2006: "[W]e Must Punish Employers Who Exploit Immigrant Workers." (Malia Rulon, "Senate Candidates Sound Off On Immigration," Gannett News Service, 7/6/06)

In 2006 Brown Attacked Bush And Republicans For Not Doing Enough To Stop Illegal Immigration

In 2006 Brown Said Bush's Policies "Worsened The Rate Of Illegal Immigration And Cut Apprehension By 30 Percent." "Democratic Rep. Sherrod Brown of Lorain, who's challenging DeWine in November, was more dismissive, saying Bush's policies have already worsened the rate of illegal immigration and cut apprehension by 30 percent." (Stephen Koff And Sabrina Eaton, "Bush Ideas To Seal Border Split Ohioans On The Hill," Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/16/06)

Brown In 2006: "Under The Bush Administration, Illegal Immigration Has Worsened." (Paul M. Krawzak, "Regula, Ney Differ Over Treatment Of Illegal Immigrants," Copley News Service, 5/15/06)

In 2006 A Brown Spokesperson Said Republicans "Haven't Done Enough To Secure Borders." "But Brown spokeswoman Joanna Kuebler said it is Republicans who haven't done enough to secure borders and take other steps to safeguard the nation in a post-9/11 world. So Brown decided that he would vote for a bill that he regards as only a small step, she added." ("GOP Rips Brown For Voting To Pass Its Border-Fence Bill," Columbus Dispatch, 9/17/06)


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