With a week before the election, Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren sought ways to remain in the public eye while trying to avoid the appearance of campaigning in the aftermath of the storm.
The task might have been easier for Brown, who is a sitting senator and has official duties. Warren has no official need to assess storm damage. The tightrope may have been made easier for both candidates as Massachusetts did not bear the storm’s full force.
Warren early this afternoon announced two afternoon visits, to inspect flooded areas of Westport and the Scituate sea wall.
Brown had earlier this morning announced a storm damage assessment schedule of seven public appearances, including stops in Westport, Rehoboth, South Dartmouth, Gloucester, and Plum Island.
The Republican released the schedule though his Washington Senate office, rather than his campaign office, to make the point that the appearances were not related to next week’s election against Warren, his Democratic opponent.
But the senator drove his signature pick-up truck, a significant piece of his campaign imagery, and included visits to several areas that parallel targets of his reelection campaign, including Quincy and Gloucester. Warren’s schedule, though limited, may also help her shore up support on the South Shore.
Brown bowed out of tonight’s fourth and final debate, citing the storm, a decision Warren later followed.