Triumphant Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown veered off-script in his acceptance speech last night, mentioning that his two daughters were "available." Was it "funny ha-ha," "funny strange," or just plain creepy?
In an awkward departure from his prepared remarks, Brown told the crowd that his college-age daughters Ayla and Arianna were "both available." Ayla, apparently playing along, told him, "not Arianna," at which point he extended the awkwardness by pointing out, "Arianna definitely is not available, but Ayla is." Brown finished up the creep portion of his speech with the words, "I can tell I'm going to be getting in trouble when I get home" — but he may be in trouble with bloggers as well as his daughters. Medaite comments, "now talking heads will debate for the next 24 hours – was that comment 'funny ha-ha'? Or just 'funny strange?'" We're going to go with "gross."
Brown (who, as most know by now, once posed nude for Cosmo) has been accused of sexism in the past. At a rally, one of his supporters shouted, "Shove a curling iron up her butt," referring to opponent Martha Coakley, and Brown appeared to respond, "We can do this." It's not totally clear whether Brown's comment was a direct response, SFGate blogger Zennie62 points out that he didn't take the time to condemn the "curling iron" remark either. And after a presidential campaign rife with cries of "terrorist" and "kill him," candidates can no longer simply let their supporters' hateful words slide (though, for the record, Brown denies having heard his supporter's remark).
Brown's weirdness about his daughters didn't rise to "curling iron" levels, but it's unlikely Brown would've made a similar comment if he'd had sons. However, his supporters will no doubt find it reassuring that after his foray into matchmaking, Brown returned to what's really important — his truck.
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