Scott Brown’s Political Team Takes Its Campaign Template on the Road

Tuesday, March 09, 2010
By Michelle R. Smith and Glen Johnson, Associated Press

U.S. Sen.-elect Scott Brown, R-Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Providence, R.I. (AP) - The political team that helped Scott Brown stage his victory in the Massachusetts Senate race wants to apply its winning strategy elsewhere this election year. First stop: Rhode Island.

The Shawmut Group, led by aides to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, is helping GOP congressional candidate John Loughlin, who's campaigning to replace retiring Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I.

The handiwork of two Shawmut Group principals, Eric Fehrnstrom and Peter Flaherty, was evident in Loughlin's campaign announcement speech, staged shortly after Brown's win on Jan. 19. Loughlin, like Brown a state legislator and longtime member of the National Guard, said suspected terrorists should be handled in the military justice system, not civilian courts.

"When it comes to terrorists, we should be getting information from them, not the other way around," said Loughlin, reprising almost verbatim one of Brown's campaign lines.