This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
Release- October 31, 2012 Neffinger Calls for Harmony in Washington- Endorses Scott Brown Heading toward the end of my first year as Mayor of West Springfield I've found some similarities between governing and my former practice of architecture. The best building designs are the result of the collaboration of many people. Good government is similar in that it needs leaders willing to talk and build consensus. We also must be willing to create an environment that allows diverse and disparate ideas to be discussed and reconciled. In Washington these solutions need to be about empowering local municipalities and getting people back to work. Every election season we hear political speeches meant to get our attention or to energize supporters. That is fine for campaigning and often makes for great political theater. On the other hand real solutions come from a free exchange of ideas. Legislators with opposing ideas who come together must build consensus for the benefit of the nation. This takes a lot of long hard work and has little to do with simple campaign slogans. This attitude of consensus building is what Scott Brown has brought to Washington and for me is long overdue. He has continued fostering this attitude by meeting with the president and the leaders of the senate to discuss ideas that will move the country forward. Massachusetts has a long tradition of sending legislators to Washington that were able to negotiate and build consensus. Tipp O'Neal, the speaker of the house from Massachusetts, worked with President Ronald Reagan. Scott Brown has been working in that tradition espoused by President Kennedy: "ask what you can do for your country". With Congressional approval at just 10% we need Senators willing to rebuild respect by working together for the country. Boston has been the great proving ground for this approach. From his time as a State Representative and State Senator Scott Brown has learned to build consensus. He has earned the respect from members of both parties and has built many friendships among our State's legislators. Working with Boston legislators has been the best training for the Senator that will represent us in Washington. The ideals of public service is diminished when we put party interests over the good of the people. Often I must set aside special interests and weigh information from a variety of sources to make a decision in the best interest of the people of West Springfield. I am proud that we have a Senator that has consistently reached out across the aisle to try to come up with real solutions. We need to encourage elected officials that are willing to make the tough decisions for our local communities, our state and in the case of Scott Brown for our country.