Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is angling to be Veterans Affairs secretary in President-elect Donald Trump's administration. In his quest, he's found an unlikely ally in his one-time opponent, and vocal Trump critic, liberal sweetheart and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
From The Los Angeles Times:
Warren, a leader of the Democratic left and one of Trump’s sharpest-tongued critics, has been a longtime nemesis of Brown. She defeated him in 2012 in one of the most bitter and costly Senate elections in recent years, then campaigned against him two years later when he tried in vain to win a Senate seat in neighboring New Hampshire, and has mocked him ever since as “the biggest loser.”...
...“If Scott Brown is the nominee for Veterans Affairs, I have no doubt that he would put his heart and soul into trying to help veterans, and I would put my heart and soul into trying to help him do that,” she said. “You bet I’d support him for that.”
Warren also gave support, albeit more qualified, for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as a potential secretary of State.
Brown, for his part, has been a harsh critic of Warren as well. He made her dubious claims of Native American heritage a part of his campaign against her in 2012. But he says he is trying to improve as he grows older and adds that the animosity "wasn't who I am."
While Brown, who has been a Veteran's advocate for much of his career and an early Trump loyalist, welcomes the change in tone, others are skeptical of Brown's intentions.
"Maybe she’s damning him with excessive praise,” Rob Gray, a veteran GOP political operative in Massachusetts, told the Times. “It’s hard to say what her motivations are. It may be just what’s she says it is. You have to wonder if Trump may think — if my enemy is your friend, maybe I should have second thoughts about you.”