The U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts is one of the most closely watched in the country.
Republican incumbent Scott Brown is taking flak for having an adult daughter on his health care plan even though he opposed President Obama’s health care reform law, which allows young adults to stay on their parents insurance plans for longer. Meanwhile, his likely challenger Democrat Elizabeth Warren is being questioned over whether she used her distant Cherokee heritage to gain minority status.
Brown surprised the political establishment with his win in a special election in 2010, to fill the seat held by the late Ted Kennedy for so many decades. He’s running for his first full term and will probably face Warren, a Harvard professor and consumer advocate.
- Joan Vennochi, columnist for the Boston Globe