Sen. Scott Brown acknowledged tonight that he did indeed tell Majority Leader Harry Reid he’d support financial reform legislation, before voting to filibuster at the last minute. But he says he’s confident he’ll ultimately side with the Democrats, and suggested he may switch his vote back to yes as early as tomorrow.
“I’m confident that something will be resolved,” Brown told reporters tonight. He claims his last minute defection was based on remaining objections he has to rules restricting high risks trades by financial companies, which he says will adversely impact insurance companies and trusts in his state.
“When he told me that I let him down, I told him straight up that I certainly felt badly about it, but bottom line is representations were made, issues were not resolved and here we are,” Brown said.
Whether it bothered him or not, though, Brown says he doesn’t mind that Reid basically called him out publicly. “It’s maybe cuz I’m the new guy,” Brown joked.
Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight, and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.