Brown apologizes for calling men in Warren ads paid actors
TAUNTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Senator Scott Brown is apologizing for comments he apparently made during a campaign stop Wednesday.
The Taunton Gazette reports Brown suggested Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren had hired actors for her campaign ads on asbestos-related lawsuits.
The Gazette reports during a question and answer session at the Taunton Fire Department's central station, Brown was asked by a firefighter about both campaigns featuring family members of victims who have suffered from asbestos-related illnesses.
The newspaper reports the firefighter asked Brown how Warren gets the victims' family members to appear in her commercial. The newspaper reports Brown replied, "A lot of them are paid."
The paper reports he went on to say, "We hear that maybe they pay actors. Listen, you can get surrogates and go out and say your thing. We have regular people in our commercials. No one is paid. They are regular folks that reach out to us and say she is full of it."
Senator Brown issued a statement on Wednesday night saying, "It was wrong for me to have jumped to those conclusions and I apologize to those I have offended."
Elizabeth Warren is also responding. In a statement from the Warren camp, the Democratic hopeful called Brown's comments shameful.
"For Scott Brown to attack family members of people who died from asbestos poisoning is shameful," says Warren.