VIDEO: Rep. Jon Brien Speaks About Reasons For Write-In Campaign

Supporters, spectators welcomed announcement with applause.


Rep. Jon Brien (D-Dist. 50) told supporters outside Pepin Lumber Thursday morning his decision to launch a write-in campaign was inpired by voters who urged him to keep running for the seat.

Brien lost by 50 votes to primary challenger firefighter Stephen Casey Sept. 11, which the incumbent attributed partly to confusion over new polling places this year. Brien said he was also targeted by "public sector union bosses" looking to protect their turf and silence him as a voice for small business in Woonsocket. 

Many small business owners showed for the conference, making up the lion's share of a crowd that punctuated Brien's speech with applause. Among them were Paul's Family Restaurant, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"pauls-family-restaurant"} -->, , ,  and

arbi September 21, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Now he is showing his true colors. The republican party will get him in, after all, he is a republican calling himself a democrat. Only thing better than seeing him get beat is seeing him get beat twice.
Emile Belisle September 21, 2012 at 05:47 PM
he is a republican calling himself a democrat, talk about hitting the nail on the head! The best part of this video was seeing my friend, Yvette in the background!
Brian O'Ryan September 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Why have this press conference outside of the district he wants back?!? To me it truly shows how out of touch he is. Maybe he should've slowed his words down when explaining how to vote for a write-in so his voters, which he basically called lazy and stupid, could fully understand how the process works.


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