U.S. Sen. Scott Brown tried to fend off criticism today over an online video showing supporters and a staffer mocking Native Americans, insisting they got more than just a slap on the wrist for their "immature" display.
"Listen, I gave them more than a talking to," said Brown, who told reporters he has now seen the video. "I don't condone that kind of behavior. It's unacceptable. ... The fact that they have to actually work in the office with the people who are basically trying now to deal with this situation is not only embarrassing for them, it's unacceptable. I told them if anything like that happens again, they'll be fired."
But Brown shied away from calling it racist: "Would I call it racist? I would call it immature and unacceptable."
He also refused to say whether the man alleged to be a staffer in the video is in fact his staffer. "I'll refer all those questions to the staff," he said.
Brown also renewed his call for Warren to release the list of her law clients after a report earlier this week by the Herald that Warren represented a steel conglomerate trying to fight a court ruling taking retirees' benefits away.
"The people of Massachusetts deserve to know whether there are other corporate interests she's representing," said Brown.
Brown said his own legal practice is simple: he's a JAG and a real estate attorney with a "very small" practice run out of his home the last seven to nine years doing real estate closings for banks including Wrentham Cooperative Bank. Hyde Park Cooperative Bank and Middlesex Savings Bank.
But Brown blew off a question at the end of the media avail about how he's preparing for Monday night's UMass-Lowell/Boston Herald debate: "I'm going to have a couple of Kelly's Roast Beef sandwiches -- that's how I'm preparing," Brown said.
Brown then ordered a super beef with cheese and sauce and a Coke and ate lunch with wife Gail Huff and state Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus).
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