Scott Brown sped up his swearing-in because despite having touted his independence during his Senate campaign, "he's in the tank for the Republicans," says Patrick Kennedy, predecessor Ted Kennedy's son. Patrick Kennedy, a Rhode Island congressman, says Brown suddenly demanded to be seated a week earlier than previously arranged because he plans to support a Republican filibuster of an Obama nominee's appointment. "His “whole candidacy was shown to be a joke,” Kennedy said.
“Seven out of ten of Brown's voters were labor households and he stressed that he was independent,” Kennedy tells the Hill. “And while he was originally scheduled to be sworn in next week, they moved it up to today so he could cast his first vote, the most anti-labor, the most anti-what his constituents thought they were voting for when they voted for him.”