• Jan 22, 2010
Scott Brown and his 2005 GMC Canyon pickup – Click above to watch the video after the break

Never underestimate the power of a celebrity endorsement. Or, for that matter, a political one. Massachusetts senator-elect Scott Brown (R) won an unprecedented victory Tuesday in the state's special election to replace Ted Kennedy, and he reportedly earned extra brownie points from voters for promising to keep his staid 2005 GMC Canyon pickup truck with over 200,000 miles on the clock as his daily driver in office.

"I'm Scott Brown, I'm from Wrentham, and I drive a truck," the candidate had been known to say. This was especially true after President Obama quipped that voters should "look under the hood" in reference to Brown's candidacy. Apparently, that nice, average guy persona sat well with the state's population – so much so that area dealerships are reportedly noting an increased level of interest in the oft-overlooked pickup truck from The General.

Al Cerrone, owner of a local GMC dealership, claims, "We've gotten eight to 12 phone calls from people asking, 'Do you sell trucks like that?''' To which we can only imagine he responded with, "Yes we can!" Click past the break to watch a video from Scott Brown's campaign featuring his GMC Canyon pickup truck. Thanks for the tip, Phil!

[Source: Boston.com]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's surprising to me how many Liberal democrats read this blog, considering the democratic party leadership despises personal car ownership (except for their own fleets of armored gas guzzling SUVs of course) and if left to their own would greatly restrict our ability to own and drive cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To those who feel that Europe does everything right with their social programs, why don't you move there? You can immerse yourself in European culture and be happy. The majority of well meaning Americans would love for their government to stop getting in the way of their lives. You shouldn't revolve everything around your own personal tastes and beliefs here in the US. Move to where you feel it is better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sounds like someone did'nt get the memo. The whole reason for the revolutionary war was because we did'nt want to be like the Europeans. Health care is good in Europe? Yeah right. Ask an uncle of mine from the UK how he had to wait two and a half months after he was diagnosed with stage 3 prostate cancer for surgery. When you say the European governments pay for health care, where the hell do you think they get their tax money from? A magic Euro fairy? They have some of the highest taxes in the world. Since being a liberal you probably don't know the answer to that. One way or another, the people and business pay for it. As far as our non-white population having a shorter life span, let's keep it simple. GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE. Our lowest level of education? That ones simple too. GOVERNMENT RUN EDUCATION WITH LIBERALS AT THE HELM. How's that for hope and change?
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chivo you're full of s***, but so are most republicans. That's the problem. We've got a country where you vote for the lesser of two evils, instead of voting for a good candidate.

        If you're an objectivist, like me, you realize that both political parties are essentially pointless, clumsy bureaucracies that make a select few very powerful. Yes, despite the "for the people" BS that democrats spew, they're for themselves. Do Hillary, Barack, Bill or Michelle suffer and wear Wal Mart clothes like their fatass constituents? No. They all wear Ferragamo and Michelle even has her clothes custom made. Why? Because they're crooked politicians with a lot of money, who don't give a **** about the environment or welfare, but use those things as bait to get the ignorant to vote for them.

        Republicans are riding on the pseudo-capitalist looter mentality. That's a slightly less destructive version of the "spread the wealth" mentality that Democrats use. The Republicans give capitalists a bad name, because they're the ones who outsource and do anything to make a profit. Well, so goes the generalization.

        You say that Europe has better infrastructure because their wealth is more evenly distributed? That's such a load of ****. You really should pull your head out, so you can get some fresh air.

        They, and Asian countries that are socialist, have better infrastructure because they're trained to work harder in those countries. Your socialistic policies would never work in this country, as 66% of people are obese and too sedentary to do the manual labor required to build infrastructure projects.

        Also, how does spreading the wealth make money? You need money to pay the people to build all that infrastructure, unless you plan to enslave them and have them do it.

        It's such a shame that the principles that this country was founded on have been flushed down the toilet by both political parties. If the US would stop having things like free trade with China, investment vehicles made of sub-prime debt, and all the other assorted stupidities that go on, we might be able to save ourselves.

        With a moron like Obama in office, our chances aren't looking good though. People really should get educated before they opent their damn mouths and ruin the kids who are going to be our future, by polluting their minds with the BS that gets tossed around as fact.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "If you compare apples to apples, ie. Caucasian life expectancy in the US versus Europe, the US is much better."

        Where are you getting your facts from? Fox News? Again, you are wrong .
        And again, Japan does not build most of their cars in the U.S.

        Your just pulling facts out of your a*s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have to agree with eye.surgeon. If it's so great someplace else, don't let the door hit you in the a_ _ on the way out. So the guy this site is talking about drives a re-Badged ISUZU D-MAX or is it a G-MAX since it's not diesel? It's got over 200,000 miles on it. Big deal. So does every GM product where I work. It is his daily driver. Patches Kennedy drives a clapped out Mustang. When the Ford Taurus came out the first time it was the most driven car by millionaires. I know this hurts but, Mass. used to be a Republican state made up of mostly country club Republicans. Do the names Henry Cabot Lodge,Volpe,Elliott Richardson, Ed Brooke, Weld, Romney, Silvio Conte, etc. ring a bell?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not sure what your reply has to do with my comment. There is no disputing the fact that Liberal Democrats are doing everything they can to limit car ownership and use through taxation and higher gas prices, the same tools used in Europe to effectively restrict the ownership and use of cars.

        As for your comment about health care elsewhere, it's ironic that you bring that up. I'm a physician that immigrated to the United States to practice here because I could not stand to practice medicine in Canada because the standard of care was so horrible there. If you compare apples to apples, ie. Caucasian life expectancy in the US versus Europe, the US is much better. It's only when you factor in the non-white population in the US, much of which is from the third world, that the differences appear.

        Also, Japan builds most of the cars they sell in the US right here in the good old USA, providing healthcare to their employees. Why can they do this profitably? Less obligation to unions than the big 3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Umm.. apparently you don't read auto news. The Dems more or less saved the US auto industry in 2009. It is the red states that hate on the American automobile.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Scott Brown's also from Rye, NH, where he owns a second home in an exclusive neighborhood right on the Seacoast. That truck, which he didn't have until the campaign, isn't the only vehicle he drives, if he's got two daughters, a wife, and two houses in expensive neighborhoods.

      But of course, a voter would actually have to look into the person they're voting for, do some research, before voting for the person. Something that most Americans won't bother doing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The guy bought that truck new years ago and it's his daily driver. He's put every one of those 200,000 miles on himself. Not that it makes him a better or worse politician, it just seems strange to attack the guy for being a pretender when it is common knowledge that the guy drives the damned truck every day and has for years. That is common knowledge except apparently to the far left haters.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Does it bug you that someone has a summer home in Rye and not bug you that one has a home in Hyannis? The guys wife is also a news talking head on channel 5. Does that bug you? Does anyone that's succesful Bug you? You know like the guy that goes to public school and gets ahead. The guy that spends 30 years in the National Guard and becomes a Lieutenant Colonel serving his country, that must really bug you. I'll have to settle on my all-season home in Exeter (about 8 miles from Rye) and try to figure out why some people get bent out of shape over some people that are a success and not others. Dosen't the Massachusetts Governor have a $14 million home in the Berkshires? What about Kerry? Has he had any fire hydrants moved lately?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sad that people are so easily swayed. Wooo must buy a CANYON lol
      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Lol... Americans
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only a stupid politician would drive such a piece of garbage like the low selling Canyon/Colorado terd twins ,such a goof that guy...Get a clue
        • 4 Years Ago
        That one had me scratching my head too. 200K on the truck and dollarbill thinks it's a piece of garbage. What an idiot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @DollarBill: You can tell a lot by a person after reading some of their posts, and loose credibility in the process:

        You drive a Toyota.
        You are a Toyota fanboy.
        You hate anything that is made by an American company.
        If this was a Toyota Pickup, you wouldn't bother to post anything.
        But the hate is strong in you, and you need to vent at anything American.

        Am I right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        big kudos to the Japanese engineering of Izuzu... even GM could not make it a complete turd
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh you cry babies offended by me calling that Canyon/Colorado a piece of junk . I worked for years for a GM dealer and yes that's what it was called by many mechanics and salesmen . Sorry to offend any of you but that was the impression . And so some masochist to spend 200k driving one ,you have my sympathy . Just because you got 200k does not verify it is garbage . My aunties Granada did also but it was crap as well . And the idiot that claimed I only bash non Toyota's you are truly an idiot . I have worked in the automotive business for many years and do know what I am talking about . The big trucks that are American made are good vehicles and I have owned many . So like the Eagles song says "Get over it " And don't forget to mow around your trailers ,it is about that time...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Repubs/Dems

      Different marks, Same Con.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Luis, If Brown's a tool, then Pelosi is equivalent to the Snap On Tools truck itself. She's a lot more greasy too than the usual Politician. She's a rich girl with a vineyard that employee's illegals, raking in big bucks exploiting the cheap labor and possibly their human rights... we really don't know.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would that have worked if he drove a Chevy Aveo?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wouldn't a true conservative drive a higher MPG Ford Focus of Chevy Cobalt?

      Or does "conservatism" not refer to energy and money? Just sayin'.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Monkey see monkey do...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I find it amazing the kind of crap people buy into these days. Tons of people voted for this jag-off because he drives a truck, and that's IT. It had nothing to do with what he stood for, not what his values were, not if he was going to do a good job...just that he was a guy who owned a truck.

      Why do people feel that positions of high importance should be filled with regular ol tards like themselves.

      I know full well I'm probably going to get lambasted for making this remark, but I don't care. In the end, I think both candidates were pretty bad. If this guy actually does do a good job, GREAT! I just still think it's sad that people will vote for someone based solely on something as trivial as what they drive.

        • 4 Years Ago
        This guy is charismatic and the public is angry at Wall st. and the state of the economy. I think the guy lacks substance but at least he tried harder to win the senate seat.He was lucky his opponent was a boring lazy -though highly qualified- attorney general, and I don't he would last unless he becomes truly an independent republican with a libertarian streak.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is it that he drives a truck, or is that he has vowed to keep driving that truck, as old and used as it is? It projects an image of frugality, which in government is a good thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you truly believe he won only because of his truck you shoul be first in line for Obama's health care lobotomy program.
        • 4 Years Ago
        People voted for him because they do not want this health care bill, and I don't blame them.

        I voted for Obama and I am now officially disgusted with both parties. Took me a long time but while you're bashing one party, the other is doing something just as lame. Our country is under hostage by corporations and the very rich and there's not much we can do.

        I think in principle, the Repubs may have our best interests in mind. Of course, this is all debatable, but I don't think the path we're on now is much of an improvement over the previous eight years (though, having Cheney out of the White House is a relief).

        I hate to use the "S-word", but with the hole we're in, socialism and higher taxes are not the answer. Obama has not lived up to his promises, and until he does I don't see why we should believe his constant campaigning...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Doing a good job as a Republican is much easier these days - you just have to blindly vote the party line. Ironically, Teddy Kennedy's career-long goal was to make affordable health care available to all Americans. His book, "True Compass" is a very good read, btw.
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