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Scott Brown’s private meetings with kings and queens

Senator Scott Brown is attracting some attention this morning for making this odd claim in a radio interview:

In the interview, Brown also fired back at suggestions that the campaign is lacking in substance, pointing out that he ran a radio ad about military base closings. He also said he is engaged in substantive issues on a daily basis, some that involve royalty.

“Each and every day that I’ve been a United States senator, I’ve been discussing issues meeting on issues, in secret meetings with kings and queens and prime ministers and business leaders and military leaders, talking, voting, working on issues every single day,” he said.

Secret meetings with kings, queens and prime ministers? I asked Brown spokesman Colin Reed for clarification. He emailed:

Senator Brown was speaking generally about private meetings he has had with foreign and domestic leaders.

Okay, fair enough. Brown meant “private” meetings, and not “secret” ones. People misspeak. It happens. Might be worth nailing down what private meetings with kings, queens, and prime ministers Senator Brown conducts on a regular basis, however, particularly since he’s pointing to these as proof of his substantive work on serious issues.


UPDATE: Brown spokesman Reed adds: “He misspoke when he said kings and queens.”

Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant -- what you might call “opinionated reporting” from the left.


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