By Hillary Chabot, The Boston Herald
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown â€” an upstart Blue State Republican in the cross hairs of national Democrats â€” is lashing out at the partyâ€™s opposition researchers, accusing them of prying into his familyâ€™s private health insurance records, and demanding that they stop fighting dirty.
â€œIt seems in bad form. Obviously, when it comes to information about my wife and daughters, it crosses the line. I find it offensive and so do they,â€ Brown told the Herald yesterday.
â€œThey (Democrats) donâ€™t have any business muddling in the private health records of my family,â€ said Brown, adding that his family is â€œdisturbedâ€ by the intrusion.
Officials from the Group Insurance Commission, the stateâ€™s health insurance provider, notified Brown on Tuesday that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee asked them â€œto provide insurance information,â€ according to a copy of the GIC letter obtained by the Herald.
The GIC, a quasi-independent state agency, administers health insurance for state employees and their families. Brownâ€™s wife, Gail Huff, and two daughters, Ayla and Arianna, were also on his state insurance plan when he was a Wrentham state senator.
A copy of the DSCC request provided to the Herald asks for â€œall direct correspondenceâ€ between Brown and the GIC under the Massachusetts public records law.
A DSCC spokesman insisted the request was only for public information and never sought private medical information about the Brown family.
â€œObviously, the commission has made a mistake. Now Brown is trying score cheap political points to distract from his record, voting in lock step with Republicans in Washington, D.C.,â€ said spokesman Matt Canter.
â€œBrown votes with the Republican establishment 98 percent of the time, and that makes him out of step with Massachusetts,â€ Canter added. â€œDemocrats will mount a strong campaign to elect a senator that cares more about creating jobs, than saving his own.â€
GIC officials could not be reached for comment, but a letter sent by the agency to Brownâ€™s lawyer Tuesday warns â€œsome or all of the material requested may constitute â€˜personal data.â€™ â€
This fierce partisan crossfire marks the start of what is expected to be a well-financed Democratic campaign to win back a prized Senate seat previously held by the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Brown, who won an astonishing come-from-behind special election last year, is up for re-election in 2012.
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