ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports:
A victorious but exhausted Scott Brown, the Republican senator-elect from Massachusetts, said this afternoon that he will be a “new breed of Republican” in Washington – one who’s “not beholden to anybody.”
Brown’s 52 to 47 percent defeat of Democrat Martha Coakley still needs to be certified by Massachusetts secretary of state William Galvin before Brown can be seated, but Brown said he’s eager to get underway.
“This morning my campaign’s legal counsel delivered a request to Secretary Galvin for an unofficial vote count and within that the number of outstanding absentee ballots. I’m confident that it will show the margin of victory exceeds the amount of outstanding absentee ballots,” Brown said.
“And since the election is not in doubt, I’m hopeful that the Senate will seat me on the basis of those unofficial returns just as they did for Ted Kennedy in 1962.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he will seat Brown as soon as he receives the “proper paperwork.”
Brown said he will travel to Washington tomorrow to visit with the state’s Congressional delegation, of which he is the only Republican.
“The campaign’s over now, and now we have to focus on solving problems,” he said. “I’ve had a great working relationships with the delegation and I’m looking forward to getting down there as quickly as I can.”
The state senator, lawyer and former model promised that he would not be a party-line Republican, but instead retain the political “independence” he touted during the campaign.
“I’ve already made it very clear that I’m not beholden to anybody, I’ve made that very clear,” he said. “I’ve been asked many times what kind of Republican I would be, and I really didn’t know how to answer that so I said I’m going to be a Scott Brown Republican… maybe there’s a new breed of Republican coming to Washington.”
But don’t think that means Brown will support Democrats’ health care overhaul pending in Congress. He says he plans to keep his campaign pledge to oppose the bill in its current form.
“We already have 98 percent of our people insured here. We know what we need to do to fix it. But to have the one size fits all plan that is being pushed nationally – it doesn’t work,” Brown said of his state, which is the only to have a health insurance mandate.
“I think it’s important for everyone to get some kind of health care. … It’s just a question of whether we’re going to raise taxes, cut a trillion from Medicare, we’re going affect veterans’ care – I think we can do it better.”