January 24, 2010

Bill-O's stalker producer Griff Jenkins does a fawning biography piece on Scott Brown which looks more like a campaign ad than anything someone could consider journalism. After talking to his high school coach, the GOP Minority Leader in Massachusetts, his auto mechanic and a neighbor Jenkins concludes that Brown is "immensely well liked and trusted". Heck of a reporting job there Griffy. Fox sure isn't doing much to put aside the notion that they're nothing but a campaign arm of the GOP with this one.

GRIFF JENKINS: Hey, Greta. We know he's from Wrentham, and we know he drives a truck, a regular guy, but with extraordinary accomplishments. He's a Tufts grad. He has a B.C. law degree. He's a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard. He's married to a local TV reporter, Gail Huff.

And when we checked in on his high school, we looked in his yearbook and we learned a few little things, like his secret ambitions in life in 1977, the year he graduated, were to be outrageously happy and play for the Celtics.

Well, we went out and talked to several people that know Scott Brown, and here's what we've found.


JENKINS: Scott Brown grew up here in Wakefield, Massachusetts, graduated this high school, Wakefield High Warriors (ph) in 1977. It was on this court that he earned the infamous nickname "Downtown Scottie Brown."

Clearly, I don't have what he had.

I see that he was the king -- homecoming king and he was the co- captain of basketball. Popular guy?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, very, very popular. And he took a lot of kidding over the "Cosmo" incident, the picture in "Cosmo."

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JENKINS: That's right.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But he'd never let it -- never let too many things -- you know, nothing ever really got to him as far as being nervous or being -- he just put focus (ph) and just decides, This is what I'm going to do, and he was able to do it.

JENKINS: Scott Brown still holds the record for the 4-by-440 relay, the mile relay set in 1976. His track coaches, Jim Duff and John DiComandrea, known as Coach Deke and Coach Duff, still teach track here at the school.

JIM DUFF, SEN.-ELECT BROWN'S FORMER COACH: Fatigue was never a word with Scottie, I don't think, and I think this helped him this past election. He wasn't about to give up. Called him an underdog at the beginning, but that made him feel even better, I think.

JOHN DICOMANDREA, SEN.-ELECT BROWN'S FORMER COACH: Oh, we're proud of all our students, not only Scott. But he has set an example, and a high example, of what our boys and girls can do. If they're willing to work at a project, they can succeed and have success. And he's given them that example.

JENKINS: What's America need to know about Scott Brown?


JENKINS: What does the rest of America need to know about him, now that he's on the national stage?

BRADLEY H. JONES, R - MASS. HOUSE MINORITY LEADER: Well, obviously, I think Scott acknowledges, you know, he's got a -- he's got a learning curve going to Washington and learning sort of the rules of the Senate and the ways, this and that. But Scott is a tenacious campaigner, a tireless worker. So I think he's going to roll up his sleeves. I think that the nation's going to come to see him get very involved. I think they're going to be very interested to know that, you know, he is, you know, the routine guy from Wrentham, puts out his trash, gets his mail, and really is -- always wanted to be someone -- you know, was what he represents.

JENKINS: We're at the gas station where Scott gets his pick-up truck worked on. Joe Pendola's probably the last guy to work on the truck. What's the truck like?

JOE PENDOLA, SEN.-ELECT BROWN'S MECHANIC: Very clean. He keeps it up, keeps it serviced. It runs great. It's got 200,000 miles on it now, I think.

JENKINS: Rob Penchuk has lived next door to Scott Brown for 20 years. Rob, you're right here at the end of the cul-de-sac. And now Senator-elect Scott Brown, in the house just behind me. What's it like growing up next to him?

ROB PENCHUK, SEN.-ELECT BROWN'S NEIGHBOR: He mows his lawn. He takes out his trash. He does all the things that regular folks do. And he doesn't have a fancy car. That's his truck.


PENCHUK: That's his truck.

JENKINS: He does drive a truck?


JENKINS: Has he driven a truck the whole time you've known him?

PENCHUK: As long as I've known, yes. Yes. That truck's served him well.



JENKINS: That truck has served him well. You know, Greta, we found that he is certainly immensely well liked and trusted. Some folks that knew him actually even mentioned the "president" word, which may be getting ahead of themselves.

However, let's not forget this guy has a lot of political moxie. He ran for a seat that many thought was unwinnable for a Republican, and he did it. And now he steps onto the national stage, as we saw today in Washington. We're going to dig into his political background and find out just a little bit more about him -- Greta.

VAN SUSTEREN: Griff, thank you. And I'll see you up in Boston tomorrow to help you out with that. Thank you, Griff.

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