Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) on Wednesday criticized newly-elected Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)’s decision to vote “present” on a resolution to authorize military strikes in Syria.
Brown called Markey’s vote “unreal” in a Facebook post, slamming him for not taking a side even though he has access to the information available to him as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“Please let him know that the people of MA did not send him down there to vote ‘present’, they sent him down there to at least vote,” Brown wrote. “He gets a check, he should vote.”
After the committee’s vote to pass the resolution, Markey explained “a ‘no’ vote would have indicated I had sufficient information on which to base the decision. Which I did not,” as quoted by the Boston Globe.
“I want to make sure I make an informed, correct vote,” he added. “The people of Massachusetts expect their senators to have analyzed all the facts, and I want to make sure I have all the facts before I cast that vote.”