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Brown should put party affiliation front and center

Former Boston mayor Ray Flynn (center), a Democrat, endorsed Republican Senator Scott Brown. Flynn has appeared in campaign ads for Brown.

STEVEN SENNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS/FILE 2012

Former Boston mayor Ray Flynn (center), a Democrat, endorsed Republican Senator Scott Brown. Flynn has appeared in campaign ads for Brown.

RE “BROWN’S ads mostly silent on senator’s affiliation” (Metro, Aug. 13): It may be a shrewd political ploy for Senator Scott Brown to hide his affiliation with the Republican Party, but is it fair to Massachusetts voters? We deserve an honest debate on the differences between Republicans and Democrats. Brown’s party has taken a clear stand on a number of issues, and it is essential that he explain how much of it he supports.

Republicans believe that lowering taxes on the wealthy and unleashing the potential of the free market by removing unnecessary regulations would revive the economy and relieve the growing burden of entitlement programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

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Republicans, especially the party’s presumptive nominee for president, believe in an aggressive foreign policy that asserts American military power in countries around the world.

If they get the chance, Republicans would strengthen the conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

In the raw political climate of the current Washington scene, party affiliation is extremely important. Brown occasionally crosses party lines to vote with the Democrats. But that raises the question: Why would you vote for an occasional Democrat when you could have one who is full time?

Cindy Matloff

Needham

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